Sea Tow yesterday released the results of its annual member survey, which gathers data relating to on-the-water activities, frequency of boating outings, reactions to fuel prices and more. The survey produced more than 7,800 responses.
"At Sea Tow, we value our members’ feedback, and with this valuable insight, we can better target our services while continuing to provide a superior level of customer service,” Sea Tow president Kristen Frohnhoefer said in a statement. "Our member survey has proven to be an effective way to communicate with members and allows us to best anticipate these needs now and into the future.”
The survey showed that rising fuel costs are not as significant a deterrent to boating activity as expected, with more than 50 percent of respondents reporting that high prices would not affect their summer plans.
In addition, 65 percent of the members surveyed reported that they do not have plans to refit, repair or make improvements to their boats, and that 85 percent of all respondents use their boats for fishing and cruising.
Fifty-one percent of respondents have a boating vacation planned, and only 10 percent of them reported fuel costs as a deterrent for following through with those plans.