Progressive Insurance released the results of a survey it conducted last month of nearly 2,000 boaters in the top 10 states, in terms of registrations.
Here are some of notable numbers:
- Boaters in Minnesota (44 percent) and Wisconsin (45 percent) were more likely than boaters in other top 10 states to have struck a rock with their propeller.
- Ohio boaters were most likely to report having hit a dock (38 percent).
- Boaters in New York were more likely than their peers to experience “boat rage” (7 percent).
- Operators in North Carolina had the highest percentage (52 percent) of expressing frustration using “colorful” language.
- Nearly a quarter of Michigan and Texas boaters admitted to leaving out the drain plug.
- Wisconsin boaters are the least likely to take a safety course (23 percent).
- 37 percent of North Carolina boaters report having been boarded by the Coast Guard for a safety check.
On the national level, more than 80 percent of boaters said they consider themselves experienced, but only 50 percent said they have taken a boating safety course. The survey results said that 27 percent of boaters report feeling confident with basic boating terminology.
The most common mishap that boaters admitted to was having forgotten the sunscreen (45 percent).