The Woody Boater gang was talking about a story on Rod Authority last night regarding Hagerty and how cool of a company they are. One thing stood out to us is that they are claiming, bad pun by the way, anyway they claim that they handle 10,000 boats. Eyow! Here is the part of the story.
“Cody Kinney, a travel and events coordinator for Hagerty, gave us some compelling reasons for what makes the company one of the premier choices for protecting historical cars. For starters, they’re a leader in their field by numbers alone–over 700,000 vehicles and 10,000 boats, worth a total of $19 billion, are insured by Hagerty.”
WOW, I would not have guessed that there were that many vintage boats out there. We factored in that most likely they have a huge percentage of the boats, but add some for the other companies like Grundy and Travelers, but also add in those with traditional companies and you could make a leap of another 10,000 and then there is all the non insured ones, So lets add in another 5,000… Is it possible that there are roughly 25,000 vintage, classic boats out there? We are guessing here, lets estimate roughly 7,000 members of the ACBS, 4,000 subscribers to Classic Boating, give or take a thousand or two. And roughly 3500 members of the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club, so one could say there is a overlap.. So 4500 active passionistas? We get roughly 200,000 unique visitors a year. We guess about 40% are there for porn.. Cause they dont return. and a percentage just are looking for old boat photos. So a rough guess of about 15,000 interested folks seems like a number.
Honestly though this is all a guess. The numbers are shrinking as the hobby ages. But, there are new folks coming into it. Thats good news. What do you think? Anyone can be an expert here.