Owning a boat doesn't make you a boater any more than sleeping in the garage makes you a car. USING a boat is the difference, and few people (male or female) actually use their boats.
How many boats sit alone and neglected, rotting away in the sun? For me, what I like most is seeing a boat used. It doesn't have to be the shiniest boat at the yacht club, nor the largest -- just use the thing.
A few days ago I arrived in Steinhatchee, FL and I must say this place is brimming with boats being used. It's fun to watch the little 20'ers going in and out.
I will say that the larger boats don't seem to go any place at present. They, like me, may be waiting for a weather window before heading out. We shall see on Friday -- if the predictions are correct that's when I'm heading back out the channel.