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Recreational boating survey 2023: Have your say

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Yachting New Zealand is asking interested members to participate in a survey on recreational vessels predominantly moored in water, requiring regular hull upkeep.

This survey is part of a research programme funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and was developed by researchers at Scion and the Cawthron Institute with the support of YNZ and the New Zealand Marina Operators Association (NZMOA).

Click here to go to the survey.

What is the survey about?

As a boat owner, you have probably heard the message about maintaining a clean hull to stop introduced marine organisms from spreading.

We want to know more about what motivates you, what obstacles you face, and about all of the considerations that guide your decisions.

The findings will assist government agencies, and the boating and marina industries in developing approaches to limit the spread of introduced marine organisms on the hulls of vessels and to overcome some of the challenges that make it more difficult.

Our aim is to ensure that decision-makers hear the opinions of boat owners like you.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Who should answer the survey?

The survey is for recreational boat owners of permanently moored recreational yachts, boats and launches (not trailer boats) domiciled in New Zealand.

Do I have to answer?

No, your participation is entirely voluntary. You may choose not to participate and may stop at any time.

What’s in it for me?

By completing the entire survey, you will have the chance to win one of five $250 gift cards!


We will not ask you for any personally identifying information during the survey and your answers will not be traceable to you.

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or would like to contact the research team about the survey, please email

The survey will remain open until December 2023.