Boating by the numbers 2018
■ 1.5 million adults (42% of New Zealanders) were involved in recreational boating last year.
■ Kayaks remain the most popular craft used by boaties (33%), followed by power boats under six metres (22%), and dinghies (11%).
■ Last year 19 people died in recreational boating accidents on New Zealand waters. Of these, 18 were men — 14 over 40 years (the highest fatality group). ■ Lifejackets remain the most prevalent form of safety device taken on boating trips. ■ The number of boaties wearing their lifejackets all, or most of the time, on the water, remains stable at 75%.
■ The percentage of boaties having at least two ways to signal or call for help if needed ‘every time’ has risen to 43% in 2018 from 38% in 2017.
■ The percentage of boaties checking the weather before heading out on the water has risen to 85% in 2018 from 81% in 2017.
■ The decision to avoid alcohol ‘every time’ either before or during time on the water has risen from 61% in 2017 to 67% in 2018.