ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 4, 2013 – If you thought people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you’re right. In a first-ever survey of the half a million recreational boat owning members of the national boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), 99.4% responded “yes” when asked: “Do you wave (to other boats)?”
“Waving to nearby boats is natural for many boat owners,” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “It doesn’t matter what kind of boat – power, sail, fishing or personal watercraft. Nor does it matter who does the waving. It’s a universal gesture.”
The survey was a response to a short cruise Podlich recently took on her own local waters. She realized that while she was waving cheerfully to each boat she encountered, many weren’t bothering to wave or engage with others while cruising down the waterway.
Said Podlich, “After double checking my wake and confirming I was not being discourteous, I started asking myself, why aren’t other boaters waving?” So the BoatUS President commissioned the survey, and her Association members responded definitively.
Podlich added with a knowing smile and chuckle, “Perhaps our members have more fun on the water?”
If you want to get in on the fun and learn why BoatUS members wave so often, go to BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS
) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits that include marina and West Marine shopping discounts, and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.