02-25-2006, 09:06 AM #1
Myths and Facts of Personal Watercraft !
Myths and Facts of Personal Watercraft
Myth: Personal watercraft owners aren't the operators of the vessels.
Fact: By a wide margin (about 73% of the time), the person who owns the personal watercraft is the operator of the vessel.
Myth: Personal watercraft owners have little boating experience.
Fact: Typically, personal watercraft owners have substantial boating experience. More than two-thirds (68%) of the survey respondents indicated they had owned a powerboat of some type prior to buying their first personal watercraft. In addition, respondents indicated they have an average of 15 years' experience operating a powered watercraft of any type. Younger operators (24 years or less) have an average of six years' experience.
Myth: Personal watercraft owners have little concern for waterfront homeowners.
Fact: Actually, the opposite is true, since many personal watercraft owners are waterfront homeowners. Sixty-two percent of respondents surveyed have access to a waterfront home whether it is their primary home (15%), a second home they own or rent (27%) or a home of a close friend or relative (26%).
Myth: Personal watercraft owners most often use their vessels for reckless wave-jumping and speeding on public waterways.
Fact: Fifty-nine percent of the personal watercraft owners are really not interested in any type of intense physical activity when using their watercraft, but are more likely to use them for short cruises (62%), to cool off and get wet (62%) and to entertain visiting friends or family (61%).
Myth: Personal watercraft owners have little concern for responsible boating.
Fact: On the contrary, most personal water-craft owners are responsible boaters. A majority of survey respondents favor mandatory education for boaters, and believe it ensures better knowledge of boating regulations. In fact, the PWIA was the first marine industry organization to promote mandatory education for PWC operators. In addition, personal watercraft owners are more likely than traditional boat owners to wear their personal flotation devices, which results in fewer accidental drowning deaths.
Myth: Personal watercraft owners are young, immature and irresponsible.
Fact: The typical personal watercraft owner is a middle-aged, highly educated and successful business person. The average age of personal watercraft owners surveyed is 41 with two-thirds of the respondents over 35. The majority of the owners (71%) are married with families. Forty one percent have children under 18 living at home. Three-fourths of those surveyed (77%) are employed in white-collar occupations with more than two-thirds (69%) having some college education and 40 percent having at least a four-year college degree. The average household income is more than $95,000.
02-25-2006, 10:54 AM #2
07-20-2007, 10:03 AM #3
07-20-2007, 10:24 AM #4
Just playing devil's advocate, but survey's should be put in perspective; how many people were surveyed and how were they chosen? I could take a survey on the ICW in Pinellas County and imo come up with some very different numbers. Just a survey of owners on this forum about interest in speed should be quite different from this survey's findings.
07-20-2007, 11:12 AM #5
30% of the time, you can only believe 40% of the numbers surveys put out.
07-20-2007, 07:09 PM #6
07-25-2007, 09:20 AM #7
Unfortunately, we will always be seen as the "punk skateboarders" of the water. I don't agree at all with that characterization, but it seems to be the norm.
07-25-2007, 09:28 AM #8
07-25-2007, 09:33 AM #9
...and 72% of all lawyers (81% of those from Dallas) are incapable of telling the truth.
07-25-2007, 09:40 AM #10
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