Research: Millions of anglers interested in boat ownership


The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) revealed new boating and fishing research at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) Wednesday morning in Orlando, Fla. The Special Report on Fishing and Boating, conducted by RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation, provides detailed information on participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and geographic region. The report revealed that of the 48.5 million anglers in the U.S., 8.5 million are interested in owning a boat.

Key findings on boat ownership included:

• 33 percent of all fishing participants own a boat (approximately 12.7 million) and males and females have nearly equal ownership rates among this specific group, 34 percent and 32 percent respectively.

• An estimated 427 million boating days were enjoyed by fishing participants in 2008.
8.5 million fishing participants are considering owning a boat.

• Greater access to more and better fishing is the leading motivation for fishing participants considering boat ownership (52 percent) followed by opportunities for recreation and relaxation (24 percent).

• For boating anglers, fishing is the most popular activity to do while boating with 91.1 percent saying they fish while on a boat.

The methodology and full study is available online at