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Fuel prices lead to fewer boat trips, poll says

Three out of four boat owners say high fuel prices will cause them to take shorter trips or go boating less often, according to a nationwide poll commissioned by Mad Mariner, an independent online magazine for boaters.

The Mad Mariner poll queried 400 boat owners on a range of topics from the impact of fuel prices to first-time insights into the role of women in the sport. The results showed 45 percent of respondents said they will go boating less because of the cost of fuel, and 32 percent said they will take shorter trips. Forty-three percent said they delayed launching their boat this year.

Also focusing on the role of women, with a sample split equally between genders, the poll found both men and women enjoy boating, but in different ways — and not always how the other perceives. For example, 48 percent of males said the sport is equally friendly to men and women, yet 64 percent of women said boating is friendlier to men.

The 30-question poll was conducted for Mad Mariner in June by Mountain West Research Center using secure surveys completed online. The margin of error was plus-or-minus 5 percent.

"The Mad Mariner poll helps measure the pulse of the boating community," said Glen Justice, founder and editor of Mad Mariner, in a statement. "This is independent and unbiased information, and I look forward to sharing the valuable results with the industry." 

For information, contact Glen Justice at (888) 256-5011 or visit



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