More people on the water in 2006

Last year saw a rise in the number of people going boating in the UK

The number of adults going boating rose to 3.7m last year, up by 200,000 over 2005.

But the figure is still less than the 4m people who went boating in 2004.

Canal boating has seen one of the biggest rises in participation (0.25%), while use of personal watercraft has fallen 0.21%.

Participation in motorboating has also risen, although only by a tiny fraction.

The report, organised by the BMF, RYA, Sunsail, MCA and RNLI, sampled 12,000 adults across the UK.

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The report shows that over the last five years there has been a steady decline in participation, with only motorboating and canal boating showing an increase.

For more on the report, see MBM’s April issue, out 15 March.


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