And the survey says... Boaters are a happier and healthier bunch

December 06, 2018


If you own a boat or yacht, or have spent a generous amount of time on the water, this news should come as no surprise to you. According to a recent survey conducted by Impulse Research Corp, yachties are healthier and happier than their non-boating counterparts. The online survey, commissioned by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), was conducted with a random sample of 1,029 men and women selected to closely match US population demographics. 

Boaters average nearly seven and a half hours per week in active recreation, compared to less than five and a half hours for non-boaters, according to the study. Landlubbers have been hospitalized slightly more than boat owners (14 percent compared to 11 percent) and tend to be more overweight than their boating counterparts.

Other study findings:


  • More boat owners said their health is excellent or good (83 percent) than did non- boat owners (77 percent).
  • 67 percent of boat owners said having a boat has contributed to their well-being. 
  • Boat owners experienced greater self-esteem (+10 percent), ability to enjoy life (+9 percent) and a better love life (+7 percent).
  • Non-boat owners were more prone to feeling useless (+8 percent), lonely (+7 percent), unhappy (+5 percent) and fatigued (+4 percent). 
  • Nearly two-thirds of boat owners said owning a boat has brought their family closer. 
  • Most boat owners said the benefits of owning a boat include being outdoors (89 percent), spending time on the water (85 percent), being able to unwind and leave pressures behind (79 percent) and finding tranquility (71 percent).