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  Number of canoes and kayaks in USA
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Jun-11-13 12:18 AM (EST)
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Anyone seen a recent study (last 3 years) regarding how many paddlers exist in the continental USA ?

I only know of this one

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  I have twelve of them.
  Posted by: ezwater on Jun-12-13 2:54 PM (EST)
  My husband says I have the rest..Just
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-12-13 5:19 PM (EST)
Kidding. I think its seventeen..
  You've almost got enough.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Jun-12-13 5:24 PM (EST)
I've got the rest.
  at least we are just recycling
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-12-13 5:45 PM (EST)
and not breeding.......
  Ohhhh! If breeding was an option : )
  Posted by: Yanoer on Jun-13-13 12:24 AM (EST)
  No industry insiders lurking about ?
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Jun-12-13 11:50 PM (EST)
Was hoping some paddling insiders had a clue about
what portion of society jumps in a canoe or kayak regularly.
  If The Non-Continental USA
  Posted by: clydehedlund on Jun-13-13 9:49 AM (EST)
Were included, the numbers would triple? Even throw in half the SUPs I saw today would quadruple those numbers?
  C'mon now Hawaii is an Outlyer point
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Jun-13-13 1:14 PM (EST)
An island with warm weather merely skews the data
- can't include it in good conscious, sorry
  I'd like to see an updated study too
  Posted by: jcbikeski on Jun-13-13 11:02 AM (EST)
In my area I sense a big drop since that study in open water sea kayaking (not sure about rec paddling in protected waters). SUP paddling and I think surf ski paddling seems up. It would be interesting to see a study to see if my perception is correct and how it varies by region.
  UN-registered paddling
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Jun-13-13 1:18 PM (EST)
States like Michigan have LOTS of canoes and kayaks
but there has never been registration numbers on them.
I'm sure its not each and every one of the 10 million
residents with Michigan, but it may easily be near 30%.

For those in the industry selling kayaks and canoes
there must be some "growth/decline" studies being done
  A few years back a study was made
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Jun-15-13 1:03 AM (EST)

The 2006 US market for canoes was a little over
100,000 units sold, at an average price of nearly $550 per unit.
The market for kayaks was over 350,000 units sold
at an average price lower than $500.

The total 2006 market for canoes and kayaks was $233,000,000.

The overwhelming majority of U.S.A. paddlers
are willing to sacrifice speed for stability.

Paddlers "stay" at that entry level and simply don't progress
to the traditional, narrow designs of kayaks/canoes
  Staying At Entry Level Means
  Posted by: clydehedlund on Jun-15-13 9:13 AM (EST)
No further interest? Anyway, check out the number of publications devoted to canoe and kayak as compared to SUP as your gauge. has 80% of solo canoes.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Jun-15-13 11:28 AM (EST)
  $140 million for Michigan alone
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Jun-15-13 4:02 PM (EST)
The NMMA claims 2% of a $7 BILLION dollar market
strictly for the state of Michigan = $140 million

That might wake up politicians and others to what the
Canoe and Kayak market represents to the economy.



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