FYI: April 2005

FYI — April 2005
By Brad Dunn
 More of this Feature
• Part 1: John Q. Boater, Things We Like, and more
• Part 2: A Word With... Al Genduso, and more

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John Q. Boater
Over the last two years, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) set out to define exactly what makes boaters tick. The organization hired Mediamark Research to conduct personality tests on hundreds of boat owners and nonowners and looked for trends contrasting the groups.

“We wanted to discover the basic health and lifestyle differences between boaters and nonboaters,” says Daniel Green, assistant director of communications for the NMMA. “This study finally quantifies what sets boaters apart.”

The organization also tapped national health data from Impulse Research to compare the overall well being of people who spend time on the water versus those who don’t.

You might agree with the study’s overall conclusions—that the four most commonly cited benefits of boating are building relationships, going fishing, reducing stress, and simply enjoying the outdoors—but do you fit the rest of the profile of the average U.S. boater?

• 76 percent of boat owners like new challenges
• 62 percent believe fun is the whole point of life
• 54 percent crave excitement
• About two-thirds of boat owners said owning a boat had brought their family closer together
• About half of all boat owners began boating with friends or a friend’s family
• Boaters get about seven and half hours per week of active recreation; nonboaters get less than five and a half hours
• Nonboaters have been hospitalized more than boat owners (14 percent to 11 percent) and tend to be more overweight
• When asked about the overall quality of their lives, boat owners rated it about five percent better than nonowners
• Boat owners expressed greater satisfaction with their accomplishments, family relations, and their ability to enjoy life
• Nonowners are more prone to feel useless, lonely, unhappy, or excessively fatigued
• More boat owners said their health is excellent or good compared to nonowners (83 percent to 77 per­cent)
• Boat owners tend to have greater self-esteem and the ability to enjoy life more than nonowners
• The benefits of owning a boat in­clude being able to unwind
• Most said boating helps them leave pressures behind (79 percent), find tranquility (71 percent), and feel a sense of freedom (53 percent)

Minimum number of “seamounts”—underwater mountains that rise above 3,500 feet from the sea floor—in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, according to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

Things We Like
Group managing editor Eileen Mansfield Murphy found this clever door design in the master stateroom head on one of Jefferson Yachts’ newest boats. Instead of pul­ling or slid­ing the doors open, you push them forward to reveal the sink and mirror. Once inside you can pull the left door back to its original position, and gain access to the shower. Pull the right one back, and you open the head. Pull both back, and you have total privacy in all three areas. You get not only an elegant set of doors, but also an ingenious space-saving layout.

April Calendar
1-4. The In-Water Boat Show in Charleston, South Carolina. (843) 579-0065.
7-10. The Orange County Boat Show in Anaheim, California. (714) 633-7581.
15-17. The 9th-Annual International Boat Show in Jacksonville, Florida. (904) 759-2758.
21-24. The Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Florida. (800) 940-7642.

Next page > A Word With... Al Genduso, and more > Page 1, 2

This article originally appeared in the March 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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