The pursuit of the American Dream is a mentality that prevails as we grow up and move into adulthood. How many men dream of owning a boat? But a boat is more than a dream! Statistics and data support numerous positive reasons to pursue boat ownership. Recently published statistics and facts are proven indicators of the value you can attain from life with a boat.

These boating fun facts were published by The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

  • Boaters and anglers are significantly more satisfied with their marriages, relationships and friendships – and are more likely to have a close relationship with their children – than those who don’t boat or fish.
  • Boaters and anglers are more likely to recycle, carpool and donate money to environmental organizations than people who aren’t boaters and anglers.
  • Connecting with family is a primary reason for going fishing.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association published these interesting statistics.

  • Nearly one-third of U.S. adults went boating in 2006, up nearly two percent from the previous year.
  • Americans own approximately 18 million recreational boats.
  • Sales of new boats nationwide reached $15 billion in 2006, up from $14.7 billion in 2005 and $10.7 billion in 2004. A total of 912,300 boats were sold in 2006, a five percent increase from the number sold in 2005. The trend is upwards.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service also published some interesting facts about people who spend time on their boats and participate in boating activities.

  • One in eight American adults – more than 30 million – fish, as do some eight million children ages six to 15. They fished 517 million days and took 403 million trips.
  • Anglers pumped more than $42 billion dollars into the national economy in 2006. Of that total, nearly $18 billion was spent on travel-related expenses, with $6.3 billion going to food and lodging, and $5 billion to transportation.

Much of the data, published in 2006, demonstrates a positive outcome for those who enjoy the ownership of a boat and the activities associated with it. Boating is a recreational sport. It’s a soothing, restful way to ditch the tensions of life and coast along a smooth plate glass of water while savoring the sights and sounds of nature around you. When you are into boating, there are a lot of sports you can explore for recreational value.

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