By Mike Davin, online editor, Boating Industry magazine — This week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association released its 2009 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract.
As expected, spending on new powerboats, outboard engines, trailers and aftermarket accessories was down almost everywhere. Arizona, which ranks 35th in terms of spending, took the largest hit, dropping almost 40 percent to $89.7 million in total expenditures.
Florida, which ranks 1st among all states, dropped 23 percent $1.2 billion. It was the only state to top $1 billion in 2009, with No. 2 state Texas dropping 14.5 percent to $906 million.
However, spending in one state — and only one state — increased in 2009. Can you guess which one?
Post your guesses in the comments section and I'll reveal the answer next week.