NMMA releases top 10 boating states

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced the top 10 boating states, and to provide on-water vacation ideas, Discover Boating, the industry’s consumer awareness effort, named the best boating destinations within each state.

“We anticipate this summer to be one of the busiest for boating, as more Americans are looking to spend time with family and friends close to home,” said Ellen Hopkins, spokeswoman for Discover Boating, in a statement.

Below are the top 10 boating states in order by total annual expenditures for new powerboats, engines, trailers and accessories in 2008:

1. Florida ($1.5 billion); hot spot: Sarasota

2. Texas ($1 billion); hot spot: Corpus Christi

3. California ($594 million); hot spot: Carlsbad (north of San Diego)

4. New York ($509 million); hot spot: Lake George

5. North Carolina ($504 million); hot spot: Morehead City (part of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast on the Outer Banks)

6. Delaware ($443 million); hot spot: Indian River

7. Louisiana ($433 million); hot spot: Caddo Lake

8. Washington ($402 million); hot spot: Wynoochee Lake

9. Minnesota ($382 million); hot spot: Leech Lake.

10. Michigan ($373 million); hot spot: Harbor Springs

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5 comments on “NMMA releases top 10 boating states

  1. RICK ELLIOTT

    how can Delaware with its small size and few marinas be #6
    I find this hard to believe unless its registering out of state boats because of no sales tax. Where is Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay states?
     

  2. J.V.

    Delaware surprised me too.  And where is Ohio?  Lake Erie, the Ohio River, and all its inland lakes should put them in the top 10.  I was surprised not to see them here.  Maybe their prices are better, so their customers don’t pay as much.  Why not look at the number of registered boats or some other way besides $$ ?  Standards of living are different around the country.

  3. Hubby

     Re: #8. Washington – the closest I could come to identifying the Hot Spot listed, was Lake Wenatchee a relatively small mountain lake.  I was unable to even locate a Wynoochie Lake and as for it being the states Hot Spot,  that’s 1simply rediculous.

  4. Vince

    This is a really great top ten list. I would have thought that California would be #1, but it does mae sense that Florida has a lo of coastline and a lot of people with boats.  Carlsbad is a wonderful place to go boating and enjoy the water.  I was also surprised that Delware made the list because they are so small. Anyone can post their own list to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

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