Michigan registered boat owners spent over one billion dollars on boating in 1981. This spending was divided between new and used boat purchases (10%), craft-related expenses (24%) and trip-related expenses (66%). Craft spending primarily accrues to boating industries, while trip spending benefits a wide range of retail sectors of the economy. The average boat owner spends $469 a year on craft-related items and about $39 per day on 33 days of boating each year. This amounts to an average of $1,787 per boat per year. The average annual spending of owners of different type of craft varies from about $1000 for small power and sail boats to over $8000 for power boats over 25 feet in length stored at a marina. These estimates are based upon a survey of expenditures of over 1,000 registered boat owners in 1981. The report details survey methods and reports spending patterns of different boater segments within 10 spending categories. Food (28%), equipment (21%), boat fuel (18%), and auto fuel (16%) make up the largest proportions of the boating budget.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Department of Park and Recreation Resources
    East Lansing, MI  United States  48824
  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Accession Number: 00321468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Statistical Reference File, TSC
  • Files: TSR
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM