By: Bill Yeargin
Boating is important not only to those of us who enjoy being on the water but also to those who depend on it for their livelihood. Boating has a huge economic impact, a 230-billion-dollar annual impact. The boating industry includes 36,000 businesses – most of them small and family-operated – providing 813,000 people and their families with great jobs making life better for millions of people.
Additionally, boating is a uniquely American industry. 95% of the boats used in the U.S. are built in the U.S.