Boating Survey - you pay for this rubbish

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Each year there is a survey done on recreational boating use. Who does it varies, one year, 3 doing it one a bicycle tourist and the other two didn't seem involved with boating.

Here, some classic questionable results.
Those surveyed and percentage of, are 18+ years old. Stats NZ can give an approximate number. Boating NZ will give and accuracy of those actually boating down to the last person.

Estimated population aged 18+ of 3,891,300 derived from population projections June 2021
The survey says there are exactly 2,140,215 boaties.

The most resent survey had a new question, "Does this vessel use a foil?"

13% claim their vessel has a foil.
6% answered YES for kayaks.

If a skeg on a kayak is regarded as a foil then every vessel that moves has a foil, such as a sail, a propeller, a paddle, a rudder.

100% of moving vessels could be considered to have a foil and as the question was asked the answers should have been 100% This means the replies did not understand the question and therefore false information.

If relating a foil to a lifting device Why was it not specifically worded that way?

I've yet to see a kayak with a lifting foil. A stand-up paddle board never has a foil. A power driven type board isn't a paddle board as paddle boards are propelled with paddles. Meaning the question was either misinterpreted, or a lot of false information was given. If the latter was so, then that brings the rest of the survey into question.

They talk about a NETT powerboat or sailboat or jetboat? A web search doesn't turn up an explanation of NETT. Anyone know what NETT is?

In 2020 -
"Boaties who identify as Chinese were significantly more likely to use a kayak than any other
ethnic group (82%)." This can be totally wrongly interpreted and mean very few of any other ethnicity go kayaking.

It would make sense if it said "Boaties who identify as Chinese were significantly more likely to use a kayak than any other type of vessel (82%)." which is totally different and not open to misinterpretation.

Enough to start with.
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