2003 California Boating Safety Report

Chart 14 — Open Motorboats/PWC -
Operators Involved in Accidents by Age

Total Open Motorboat
Operators = 490
Total PWC Operators = 372

Operators in the 11-20 age group accounted for 35% of PWC operators involved in accidents.  Operators in the 41-50 age group accounted for 23% of open motorboats involved in accidents.

“No Operator” refers to accidents involving vessels where there was no operator present at the time of the accident.  Most of these vessels were in vessel slips, tied to docks, or moored, and were struck by other vessels.  Because PWC do not tend to be housed in slips, due to their small size, the number of vessels in this category is much smaller than the “No Operator” category for overall boating accidents.  Some reports submitted to the Department do not include operator age information, as indicated by the “Age Unknown” category.

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