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How many women here own their own boat?

When we were at the boat show I asked Pam Wall this kind of question. She said very few. She's very pro-women sailing and has helped many with buying and servicing their boats. But she told us few are the primary owners.

I was just wondering how many women here are the primary owners of their boat?

BTW, I'm not yet but I'm looking.
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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

I've met about 15 women who owned their boats in my travels since 2006.

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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

Since the vast majority of boats in the U.S. are titled in the individual states, and not documented by the USCG, you would have to analyze the title records of all 50 states to determine the answer to your question. I doubt an analysis of documented vessels would necessarily reflect the same percentage of ownership, since they are generally larger, more expensive vessels.
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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

Not here but we have two single women at our marina who are full time live aboards on their own boats.

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I do..
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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

i own 2 boats, both documented. i am cruising the larger of the 2.
there are more boats owned by females than one would imagine.
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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

I just scanned my email address book for fulltime liveaboards and found that about 2/3 are couples, the remaining 1/3 are singlehanders split about evenly between women and men. So, my totally unscientific sample says 15% are women singlehanders on big enough boats to live aboard.

Their stories are as varied as they are: one is a snowbird who moves from Annapolis to Florida with the seasons; one started the Great Loop solo, fell in love with Georgian Bay and now keeps her boat there (bought a house in Florida for winters); one has two boats(!) a dock queen near her job in downtown DC where she stays during the week, and a sailboat here in Annapolis where she plays on weekends - her idea of vacation is to fly to some exotic location like Australia or the Med and charter a bareboat; one has lived aboard many years and done some cruising, she's getting ready to head to the Carib when she retires next year; two are dock queens looking for cheap rent though they talk of cruising someday I don't see them developing the skills to make it happen; one just moved ashore due to cancer. I'm in another online group of women sailors that boasts over 250 members. So perhaps not quite as small a group as you were led to believe!

Of the couples, I know of two for sure where the woman was the primary impetus for getting the boat and is the more knowledgeable of the two. But that doesn't mean that the woman is the lead in *only* two, most of the other couples, I simply don't know the dynamic. Again, anecdotal data and likely skewed as we tend to associate with couples that are fairly egalitarian; if one partner were totally subservient to the other they probably wouldn't be in my address book.
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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

I do. On my second now, working on #3.

In my Catalina club there are at least three who started out singlehanding their C30s before they became attached.
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donna aren't you married? that doens't count

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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

While I was scrounging ballast for Thane 39 years ago I found myself in competition with a woman building her 38 ft ferro sailboat. She went on to complete the vessel and cruise the coast and live aboard for many years . Too bad there is not more of this caliber of people on the waterfront. Even the men seem to have become fru fru or hand wringers.
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