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#300659 - 03/22/07 08:58 PM Boat ownership, per capita – by state  
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There is a certain all knowing member who tweaks my interest with stats.
I did a web search for boats/states per capita.

This was the best chart I could find (the first and only one actually).
A BABC search didn’t bring up a similar topic.

It is 2004 info, but if accurate – I doubt things are much different.
The website I took it from (http://phoenix.about.com/od/lakes/l/blboats.htm)
states the info comes from the Coast Guard.




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#300669 - 03/22/07 09:56 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: Lambert Laker]  
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Wow, certainly not what I would expect to see. Minnesota ranks no. 1 (per capita)and Hawaii ranks no. 50??? Think about it, Hawaii is the only state with 100% coastline. For anyone interested in some other stats.:
http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_stats.htm


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#300671 - 03/22/07 10:08 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: softsides]  
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Does this list include human powered craft like canoes?

I have seem many lists that do not start with say 16' boats that have an engine as a minumum.

Also various states have different standards for requiring registration, so going by state registraions gives different figures than say a list of power boats with an engine.

All can be a good list for a given goal, it just depends what the criteria for the list is and what the target is for the use of the information.


#300677 - 03/22/07 10:24 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: seabuddy]  
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Good points seabuddy. I really don’t know.

I know some states require registration for anything that floats; others require registration for gas powered boats only, some states factor in length. etc, etc...

While posting this, I thought this subject had been discussed previously.
Now I am quite sure this has been covered.


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#300682 - 03/22/07 10:38 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: Lambert Laker]  
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I wondered, that is why I brought it up.

Kayaks are said to sell around 350,000 units each year. There are about 75,000 to 120,000 canoes sold each year. PWCs topped at about 200,000 units several years back and are around 80,000 units recently. Maybe 30,000 inflatables each year.

I/O powered boats are about 70,000 to 80,000 units in recent years.

I/B cruisers are around 7,000 to 11,000 per year.

Ski/Wakeboard boats have run between about 11,000-13,000 per year.

Include/exclude some of these kayak and canoe sales with powerboats and one can get a different picture.




#300685 - 03/22/07 10:58 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: seabuddy]  
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I believe that AZ requires any watercraft with a motor to reg. Their fees for reg start at 0-12 feet size!

Many states require reg for watercraft starting with engines that have 10 Hp (or more).

Ever notice that there are a few O/Bs from various engine makers rated at 9.9 Hp and all the other Hp in their line-up are pretty much without such a decimal point? A 9.9 rating means that one may not need to be reg.

#300688 - 03/22/07 11:07 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: seabuddy]  
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I now live in Maryland. Their requirments are...

...Equipped with any kind of primary or auxiliary mechanical propulsion; and
Used in Maryland most in a calendar year...

VA is...

...If you propel the canoe by any type of motor, including an electric motor, then you must register and title it if it is used on the public waters of Virginia...

#300700 - 03/23/07 01:40 AM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: seabuddy]  
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Keep in mind those numbers are heavily skewed by population. AK ranks #45 with 49K total boats owned but #8 by per capita ownership. WA ranks #16 with 266K total boats, but #26 by per capita ownership.


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#300718 - 03/23/07 08:30 AM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Yeah, skewed by population is what "per capita" is all about.
The only variable is what has been metioned, "where did the person's "watercraft" number come from?", cause each state is a little different.
Still, nice little chart LL, thanks


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#300725 - 03/23/07 08:49 AM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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It honestly doesn't suprise me too much. Granted there are a lot of differences in boat registrations but there is also a lot of difference in the size of investment it takes to boat in different areas.

For example, here in Mn because there are small lakes everywhere you can get into a power boat for $1K - 2K that you can "play" with. Granted it's probably going to be old, and unreliable but someone (not me) could take it out on a small lake and not be in danger of ending up dead because their craft was overwhelmed.

But I would imagine that where there is plenty of "big" water, but very little "small" water, you need a much larger investement.

For example, I live in a upper middle class neighborhood where the closest lakes are 15 - 25 miles away where there are several 1000 - 2000 acre lakes. Standing in my driveway I can probably see 20 houses. Of those, 7 of us have boats in our driveways (actually our garages because the development's covenant prohibits boats from being parked in the driveways permanently) and at least one has one at their cabin. Five 17' - 19' aluminum fishing or fish & ski boats, and three 19' I/O bow riders. I'd have to say that ratio is a little high, but not that much.

Up here in Mn, we can't use the lakes all year round (for boating at least), but when we can, we use the heck out of them!


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#300743 - 03/23/07 09:19 AM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: Nauti_Addict]  
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I read a few years ago that California counts PWC's and Michigan does not. May have some bearing on the numbers.


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#300753 - 03/23/07 09:50 AM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: Nauti_Addict]  
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MN requires registration for everything it seems, with ot without a motor.

Without a motor and under 9' may be excluded.


This is a very broad registration law compared to other states.

#300768 - 03/23/07 10:34 AM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: seabuddy]  
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True, I forgot to mention that (although If I remember right I think that's gotten broader in the past few years?).

I'm not contending that given a qualifer such as "16' or larger with a motor" Mn would stay at #1, I do however think it would stay towards the top.

But, a lot of the boats seen here would not be seen in costal areas where the size and therefore cost go up.

This is illustrated by the other post similar to this topic which lists the annual dollar amount of boats sales. With those figures, CA and FL are much higher than any other state. Which to me says that there are fewer boats per capita, but they're more expensive boats.


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#300976 - 03/23/07 09:38 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: Nauti_Addict]  
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I think the 9.9 and in some cases 9.5 horsepower rating Seabuddy reffered to are mostly because of the ten horsepower limit lakes.
I know in Ohio even a canoe with no motor has to be registered if used on public waterways. This could skew the numbers quite a bit.

#300987 - 03/23/07 09:59 PM Re: Boat ownership, per capita – by state [Re: daredevil69]  
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I agree that your point is another reason for the less than 10 Hp ratings.


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