From yacht­ing to canal boating

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IT’S OF­FI­CIAL: RATHER than give up boating, peo­ple who used to go yacht sail­ing turn to canal boats to get their boating fix as they get older. In new re­search by Bri­tish Marine, 25.9 per­cent of canal boaters sur­veyed pre­vi­ously enjoyed yacht­ing.

The sur­vey also found that while the per­ceived cost of boating is con­sid­ered a bar­rier for non- boaters, a lack of ac­cess or not en­gag­ing with boating as a child have an equal im­pact on par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Sixty-six per­cent of non-boaters gave ‘not know­ing any­one who owns a boat’ as a rea­son for not boating; 22.2 per­cent said they wouldn’t know where to start and 29.6 per­cent put it down to not tak­ing part in boating as a child, while 48.2 per­cent listed cost.

“By high­light­ing the im­por­tance of gen­er­a­tional learn­ing and out­lin­ing the key in­flu­encers and con­cerns of prospec­tive boaters and boat own­ers, this study pro­vides a plat­form for Bri­tish Marine to de­velop a new strat­egy to in­crease boating par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UK,” said Howard Prid­ding, BM Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

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