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If you aren’t sure whether boating is still one of the greatest outdoor passions to participate in, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has recently announced that retail sales of new powerboats are up roughly four percent in 2018 and at the highest total since 2007. Recreational boating currently contributes a little less than 2 billion to the U.S. economy too. The outlook for 2019 looks very promising.

People continue to seek out activities on the water as a way to spend quality time with family and friends. Also, marine manufacturers have introduced new products that attract consumers with different interests and budgets in the areas the watersports, fishing, and pontoon cruising.

The most popular new boat categories are:

  • Freshwater fishing boats – fishing activity is still the most common reason to own a boat
  • Personal watercraft – a gateway to boat ownership
  • Pontoons – for fishing and cruising
  • Wakesport boats – for wakeboarding and skiing
  • Cruisers – boats between 22 and 32 feet designed for relaxing and entertaining

The economic impact of these sales includes boats, engines, and accessories, service, repairs, boating activities, and trips. If you want to know some of the best places to go boating, there are specific areas of the country that experience above average boating activity:

The top ten states for recreational boating economic activity are:

  • California, $13 Billion
  • Florida, $23.3 Billion
  • Michigan, $7.4 Billion
  • Missouri, $4.5 Billion
  • New Jersey, $6.6 Billion
  • New York, $8.4 Billion
  • North Carolina, $5.5 Billion
  • Tennessee, $6 Billion
  • Texas, $7.7 Billion
  • Washington, $6.9 Billion

If you are on the fence about making a purchase and are wondering how many other boating enthusiasts you might meet while out on the water, these statistics let you know that you are in excellent company!


Boating Industry website, the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association,

Recreational boating industry sees seventh consecutive year of growth in 2018, 2019. https://boatingindustry.com/news/2019/01/11/recreational-boating-industry-sees-seventh-consecutive-year-of-growth-in-2018/