Top Known Primary Boating Accidents. Statistics, Contributing Factors and Solutions

Even if boating binds us and represents our passion as a community, safety is always to be set in first whenever planning a trip. This comes in as natural to many of us boaters, but there are a few statistics that should convince us to treat this matter with even more attention.

Per the 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics, let out by the U.S Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety, in the U.S only, a great number of Boating Accidents occurred.

Many of these accidents could have been avoided if only some basic rules have had been in place and a lot of tragedy would have been avoided.

The above-mentioned document states that in 2018 alone the Top Five Primary Boating Accident Types were:

These numbers reveal the statistics released by the U.S alone in 2018 and we can all imagine that worldwide the situation could be even more grave.

More than this, the Top Ten Known Primary Contributing Factors of Boating Accidents are as follows:

Accident RankContributing FactorNumber of AccidentsNumber of injuriesNumber of deaths
1Operator inattention65443750
2Improper Lookout44031627
3Operator inexperience38721340
4Machinery failure321869
5Excessive speed27623125
6Alcohol use254204101
7Force of wake/wave20915310
9Navigation rules violation18414419
10Hazardous waters1697061


Given all this information, as members of the boating community and developers of the IQ Nautics solution for smart boating enabled, we strongly sustain that we can all be safer together if we respect some of the most common rules when it comes to recreational boating:

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