Sea Tow Survey Shows Continued Increase in BoatingPublished on May 17, 2021
Sea Tow Services International announced the findings from its 2021 Summer Boating Trends Survey that shows increases in boating activity as people continue to seek boating to spend quality time with loved ones amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings from the survey include:
- 52% of boaters surveyed anticipate their boating activity to increase this summer compared to last.
- 20% cite the pandemic as the reason for extending their boating season again in 2021.
- 24% plan to vacation on/by boat (versus other forms of travel) because of the pandemic.
- 35% plan to use their boat primarily for cruising near their home.
- 16% upgraded to a larger boat in 2020 or plan to do so in 2021.
- 52% plan to use their boat primarily for fishing (65% in-shore / 30% off-shore / 5% freshwater).
- 30% have found it more difficult to find dockage and/or marina space.
With the sale of a record number of new boats in over a decade and an influx of new boaters, Sea Tow noted that in 2020 owners of new boats were 142% more likely to need ungrounding services, 108% more likely to need fuel delivered to them and 11.2% more likely to need a battery jump. Alternately, new boat owners are 22% less likely to need a tow.
With the number of new boaters recreating on the water, the need for boating education has never been more important. 69% of boaters surveyed are looking for more advice on local navigational assistance, mishap prevention and general boating basics.