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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post

USCG Auxiliary, US Power,Squadrons, American Red Cross 3%
State 8%
Informal, Internet, Other 11%
No Instruction 78%

Not sure where USSailing and ASA fits, but clearly not in the last one.
That is more information that now makes the stats more useful. 11% of deaths occurred with the 22% who had received some instruction. 89% occurred with the 78% who had no instructions. Presumably the numbers would change some considering that in a collision, 1 of the operators may have had instruction whereas the operator of the other boat may not have.
I'm just trying to point out that statistics can be quite difficult to interpret correctly, and the report does not do this well. I do not believe that statistics lie. However, they are subject to considerable misinterpretation if all of the data is not known or considered.
Unless we know what % of boats are small open powerboats, and I suspect it's quite high, it's not possible to conclude that small open powerboats are more dangerous.
Mark Smith
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio

Last edited by msmith10; 06-19-2012 at 11:07 PM.
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