Characteristics and management issues
Motorboating is predominantly a male activity
spanning the age range 35-54 year olds.
Participants are likely to be associated with
local clubs and/or the national representative organisation
of the activity, the Royal Yachting Association. All participants
will at some point deal directly with the marine industry (e.g.
chandlers, equipment suppliers etc.).
Voluntary management measures and education
programmes developed in conjunction with clubs and the industry
will reach a high proportion of participants and have been shown
to be successful.
If byelaws are necessary, the involvement of
local clubs and industry is essential to ensure the transfer
of information to the end user and to aid with enforcement of
the regulation. Byelaws are location specific and strategies
for providing information should reflect this.
The activity tends to be family orientated
with 68% of participants taking part with family members.
Information targeted at children, as well as
encouraging responsibility from an early age, is likely also
to reach their boating parents.Generally, all but the smallest
boats will require slipways or moorings for water access.
Known access points to the water can be good
locations for promoting environmental information.
Programmes developed in conjunction with marina
operators are an effective method of targeting berth holders.
Leading publications for this activity are
Motorboat and Yachting and Motorboats Monthly with circulations
of 20,400 and 15,000 respectively.
Education programmes run in conjunction with
user magazines can raise awareness of marine environmental issues
and management schemes.