Florida snags top boat registration ranking

CHICAGO – Florida has knocked California out of first place in the state boat registration ranking, according to the in the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics report, released today.

At 946,072 registered boats, Florida is now No. 1, Michigan has retained No. 2 with 944,800 registered boats, and California has now dropped into the No. 3 place at 894,884, reported NMMA.

Nation-wide, boat registrations were down very slightly in 2004 (less than 0.1 percent) for a total of 12.8 million registered boaters.

The report ranks all 50 states by the number of boats registered. The remaining top ten states by 2004 powerboat registrations, in order, are Minnesota (853,448), Texas (616,779), Wisconsin (605,467), New York (519,066), Ohio (414,938), South Carolina (397,458) and Illinois (393,856).

On a regional basis, the Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) replaced the South Atlantic as No. 1 in regional rankings at 27.4 percent, while Inland (AZ, AK, CO, ID, IA, KS, KY, MO, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, SD, TN, UT, VT, WY) snagged second place with 19 percent and South Atlantic (FL, GA, NC, SC) fell to third at 16 percent.

The study is based on data collected by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2005, as reported by each of the 50 states, NMMA stated.

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