Recreational boating is one of the most popular forms of family recreation nationwide, with more than 72 million Americans participating in boating activities.
Boat-related retail sales in 2002 totaled more than $30 billion in the
Most boat owners started boating in their early teens, with about two-thirds of them introduced to boating by their parents, other family members, or friends. Boats with outboard motors are the most numerous power-craft, while kayaks hold the lead for muscle-powered boats.
Statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation indicate a growing market for boats, motors, trailers, and accessories, as more people share their enjoyment of water-related recreation.
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