US boat registrations declined less than 1% in 2018, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in its final release of data from the 2018 US Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract.
Included in the ’Total Boat Registrations 2006 – 2018’ section of the report are annual data on total recreational boats in use by type, boats retired from the fleet, recreational boat registration totals by state, region, length, powerboat propulsion category and non-powered boat type. Annual data on documented vessels and new documented vessels by region and length are also included.
In addition to a 0.8% decline in registrations during 2018, highlights from the report include an estimated 15.8 million boats in use, with the highest concentration of registered boats – 32% - located in the top five states of Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, California and Wisconsin. 76% of registered boats are concentrated in the top 20 states.
For the 15th consecutive year, the Great Lakes region has had the most registered boats per household, followed by the South Atlantic region which includes Florida, the state with the most registered boats.