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Recreational Boating on the Upswing, Report Says

Marine TechnologyWhile the U.S. economy may be stagnant, more Americans are taking to the water in sailboats and powerboats, according to a report issued in late April by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the nation’s largest recreational sailing trade organization.

The NMMA’s 2010 Recreational Boating Abstract reports that 32.4 percent of the U.S. adult population, or 75 million people, participated in recreational boating last year. This is the highest percentage since 1999 and represents an impressive 14 percent increase over the year before.

Other highlights of the report include:

  • Approximately 1.1 million new and used sailboats and powerboats were sold in 2010, down 4 percent over the prior year. There were 188,230 new sailboats and powerboats sold in 2010. This was down 10 percent compared to 2009, but represented a significantly slow rate of decline, which had hit 35 percent between 2008 and 2009.
  • New outboard boats that are often small fishing or watersports boats fared best, declining just 4 percent compared to 2009. There were 112,800 new outboard boats sold in 2010. In the pre-owned market, boats typically less than 26 feet long known as stern drive boats remained steady, increasing .03 percent compared to 2009. There were 175,800 total pre-owned stern drive boats sold in 2010.
  • The state of Pennsylvania saw the greatest increase in the sale of boats and boating accessories. In 2010, sales were $226 million, up 11.9 percent from $202 million reported in 2009.
  • In 2010, operators spent a total $8.7 million on operating costs (insurance, fuel, docking, maintenance, etc.), up 3.4 percent from the year before.
  • Boaters spent a total of $102 million on new boat trailers, up 15 percent from 2009.

For more information on the NMMA 2010 Abstract, please visit

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