Boating’s Big Picture Shown in Coast Guard Annual Report June 6, 2014

There’s no denying the importance of boating as a preferred form of recreation to the nation when perusing the latest participation statistics gathered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Results from the recently-issued National Recreational Boating Survey show:

  • About 27% or 32.3 million of the estimated 118.1 million U.S. households had at least one member who is involved in boating.
  • There are 22.2 million boats owned in the U.S., with 51% of households owning powerboats.
  • Women comprise just under half (45%, 33.3 million) of the almost 74 million U.S. boating participants.
  • Boating participants include 57.9 million adults and 15.6 million children.

Due to the agreeable climate and variety of boating opportunities available, the South region accounts for 43.5% of the total number of person hours aboard recreational boats in the U.S. About 1.6 billion boating hours were logged in the South region, where recreational boats were used for an average of 13 days and 6 hours per use day. Florida represents nearly a quarter of all boating person-hours in the South, with Texas a distant second with 10% of the hours in the South.

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Survey results include how many people participate in boating, the numbers of different types and sizes of vessels that are owned in different regions of the country, as well as how often vessels are used, and more. With this data, the Coast Guard and partners expect to better measure the effectiveness of strategies they implement and then refine them to create a better boating environment for the nation through safety programs, new or improved boating facilities, improvement in the boating industry, or other initiatives. A downloadable copy of the survey posted on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety homepage,

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