From kayaking and canoeing to pontoons and yachts, being on the water is like second nature to Michiganders and a recent study indicates how big boating is in Michigan when compared to the rest of the United States.

The Great Lakes state topped Minnesota aka The Land of 10,0000 Lakes, but fell short of Texas and Florida in a list of powerboat sales by state.

Sales were up 10.5 percent in Michigan and 8.5 percent overall in 2015 according to the research by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

Check out the rest of the top ten boating states ranked by new powerboat sales.

  1. Florida: $2.6 billion, up 11.4 percent from 2014
  2. Texas: $1.4 billion, up 8.2 percent from 2014
  3. Michigan: $842.5 million, up 10.5 percent from 2014
  4. Minnesota: $661.5 million, up 10 percent from 2014
  5. New York: $643.3 million, up 7.6 percent from 2014
  6. North Carolina: $634.6 million, up 9.4 percent from 2014
  7. Wisconsin: $616.5 million, up 10 percent from 2014
  8. California: $576.3 million, up 5.4 percent from 2014
  9. Louisiana: $528.1 million, down 0.3 percent from 2014
  10. Alabama: $512.3 million, up 11.9 percent from 2014

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The research indicated demand continuing to grow across nearly all powerboat segments. Outboard boat sales, which represent 85 percent of new traditional powerboats sold, and include pontoons, aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, as well as small fiberglass cruising boats, were up 7.6 percent in 2015 to 155,800 units.


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