Boat registration numbers decreased 2.2 percent, or 282,615 boats, according to the annual U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics Report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Of the 12.5 million registered recreational boats, 183,930 new model year powerboats were sold and registered in the U.S. in 2010.
When ranked by state, Florida held the No. 1 spot with 914,535 total boat registrations, a 3.6 percent decrease from 2009. In addition, the report found the Pacific region posted the largest decline in registrations, down 9 percent compared to a year ago. The Great Lakes region again ranked first, accounting for 27 percent of registered boats in 2010.
The annual report provides an overview of how many and what types of boats are on the water. Electronic copies are available in PDF format at no charge to NMMA members. Non-members can order the report by contacting Melissa Malito at +1 312 946 6209.