Boating is an absolute thrill whether for taking leisurely trips or engaging in a sporting event. There is something so tranquil and exciting about being out on the water, soaking up the warmth from the sun and feeling the waves crash beneath the boat. Most people love being on the boat while others are fascinated by the complex motoring system that operates the water vehicle.
Here are 10 facts you might not have known about boating that could pique your interest:
1. The difference between a boat and ship is that a boat is ideal for rivers and inland waterways while a ship travels on seas and oceans.
2. The "scuttlebutt" refers to the cask on the boat that holds drinking water.
3. Boaters are generally happier with their marriages, relationships, friendships and are closer to their children.
4. Boaters are more likely to recycle, carpool and donate to environmental causes.
5. Approximately 18 million Americans own recreational boats.
6. The world's oldest surviving boat dates back to 7400 B.C. and it's only 10 feet long.
7. The most common injuries to anglers are sticking the hand with the hook or they occur when exiting the boat.
8. Steamboat Willie was the first Disney character with sound and released on November 18, 1928.
9. The Phoenicians were the first to use Boat sails around 2000 B.C.
10. The difference in the center of gravity makes a boat lean when turning, while a ship leans outward.
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