CT Sees Decline in Boating

CT Boating Laws Under Scrutiny
Recreational boating, photo courtesy USCG.

The Day: Boasting 96 miles of beautiful coastline, 500 miles of bays and inlets, and numerous scenic lakes and rivers, Connecticut is a boating paradise. Despite this, boating is declining in the state.

Over the past decade, the number of registered recreational boats declined by 14,000, a 10% dip. Recreational boating has a $1.3 billion economic impact in the state. In the second Congressional district, which encompasses southeastern Connecticut, boating supports 2,296 jobs, according to the most recent statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. So, news of boating’s decline should be a call to action for the region’s officials, businesses and lawmakers.

Read more about how CT’s boating industry has declined in recent years.