Web site marks boater-participation milestones

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Salt Lake City-based iboats.com recently reached three milestones within its online boating forums.

The number of answers to boaters' questions, called "posts," passed the 2-million mark and is currently at 2,042,246; the number of questions boaters have asked on the iboats' forums just passed 300,000 and is currently at 300,065; and the number of "members" who have signed up within these Forums passed 150,000 people and is currently at 150,454.

The 300,065 questions have received answers from an average of 6.9 different posts, an increase in answers per question of 14.8 percent in the last two years.

"There are large numbers of boaters throughout North America and the world who continue seeking help on a wide range of boating and marine-related topics," said Bruno Vassel III, chairman and CEO of iboats, in a statement. "The number of different boating-related categories has increased to 27. There are also specific forums for boat brands from 341 different manufacturers ... including all of the most widely known brands and down to many lesser-known brands."

Membership is free to all people wanting to participate in the forums.

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