Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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Almost 78 million people participated in recreational boating in the U.S. in 1999, according to figures recently released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and National Sporting Goods Association.

The statistics indicate 77,841,900 people were on the water at some time last year.

That includes both operators and passengers. Of those:

43,600,000 were fishing

25,700,000 were cruising in powerboats

7,200,000 were water-skiing

7,100,000 were canoeists or kayakers

3,600,000 were sailing.

Boaters alone spent $22.9 billion on their pastime in 1999, a 20-percent increase over 1998.

The figures show there were 16,833,900 pleasure boats in the U.S., broken down into:

8,202,100 outboard-powered craft

1,696,000 sailboats

1,695,200 sterndrives

1,608,500 inboards

1,096,000 PWCs; and 973,000 registered canoes, kayaks, dinghies, etc.

It's estimated there are an additional 1,563,000 craft that aren't required to be registered by the states. …

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