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California Boating for Kids and Adults

Published on: July 12, 2019

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By the time you read this, the winner of Antioch’s Box Boat Derby most likely will be determined. The exciting, annual event in July at Antioch Water Park is one many boating activities introducing youth to recreational watercraft fun.

Cardboad, Duct Tape Boat Derbies

  • APPLE VALLEY: Cardboard Boat Regatta July 20, 2019
  • LAKEPORT: 4th of July Duct Tape Regatta
  • PLEASANTON: Box Boat Derby July 19
  • TEMECULA: Temecula Boat Regatta August 16
  • ANTIOCH: Box Boat Derby July 12

California Boating Events

  • LONG BEACH: Long Beach to Catalina Ski Race July 20, 2019
  • LONG BEACH: Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival July 27-28 See more dragon boat events in Oakland, Irwindale & San Diego.
  • LAKE TAHOE: Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance August 9-10
  • LAKEPORT: Clear Lake Seaplane Splash In September 6-7

California Boating Statistics

  • $13 billion – California ranks 2nd among 50 U.S. states in recreational boating economic activity. (Florida is #1 at $23.3 billion.)
  • There are nearly 850,000 boats registered in the State of California, accounting for 6.8% of all nationwide registrations.
  • Fishing is the most popular activity done aboard a boat.
  • Sales of new fishing boats are estimated to be up 2-4%.
  • 95% of boats on the water are small powerboats, personal watercraft, and sailboats measuring less than 26 feet in length.
  • California has the largest combined ports in the nation – Los Angeles & Long Beach.
  • Shasta Lake is the Houseboat Capital of the World surpassing every other lake in 50 states in shoreline miles available per houseboat.
  • Long Beach is the Aquatic Capital of the U.S. with the nation’s largest municipal marina.
  • California has approx. 25 ship / vessel museums.
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