iboats.com’s online boating community tops 200,000 members

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The iboats.com online boating community has passed the 200,000 members mark, the company reported in a recent statement. Its current membership is 200,810.

In total, 2,533,878 posts are now available within the iboats.com online community, answering 371,043 boating and water activities-related questions.

The company reported its total Internet traffic grew by 32 percent in 2009, compared to 2008. Through mid-March of 2010, traffic has grown by an additional 19 percent over 2009. Several million boaters visit the iboats.com Web site each month.

iboats.com Chief Executive Bruno Vassel III said that “while boaters may not have bought as many new boats recently as we hoped for, boaters certainly continue to use their existing boats.”

He added that the company’s online parts and accessories business increased by 30 percent last year over 2008. Parts and accessories sales in March are up even more than last year.

“ …at any given minute of any day or night, there are from about 500 to well over a thousand boaters communicating with each other within our site seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Vassel. “Besides the 200,000 participating registered members, there are millions of other boaters each month who come to iboats.com and do research, search for boats, purchase parts and help other boaters. Those who then want to share their own expertise, stories, experiences and photos with others are free to join.”

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