First registrations of watercraft increased by 1.7% during the first half of the year – a huge increase in the registrations of water scooters

7/10/18, 1:00 PM

First registrations of watercraft totalled 2,571 in January-June 2018, an increase of 1.7% on a year-on-year basis.

As in the previous years, most of the newly registered watercraft were motorboats even though the figure (1,855) was six per cent lower than in the same period of 2017. At the same time, there has been no decrease in the popularity of water scooters: A total of 644 water scooters were registered in January-June 2018, an increase of 34% compared with the same period last year.

First registrations in January-June 2018

The registration obligation applies to watercraft with a length of at least 5.5 metres that are equipped with an engine or sails, as well as to watercraft with an engine power of at least 15 kW (about 20.4 hp).

Registrations of watercraft are now at peak levels

There is a great deal of seasonal variation in the registration of watercraft. Only a few dozen boats are registered during the winter, whereas in spring and in summer, hundreds or even thousands of boats are registered each month.

First registrations of watercraft by month in 2018

Motorboats are by far the most common watercraft in Finland

Motorboats are the most popular of the watercraft sailing on Finnish lakes and sea areas. They account for more than 70% of all new boats. At the end of June 2018, there were 211,657 boats in the Finnish watercraft register and 90% of this total were motorboats. The average length of the boats was six metres and the average engine power was 58.4 kW. The average engine power and length of the boats have remained unchanged compared with the same period last year.

Number of registered watercraft in 2018 and 2017

The largest number of new boats were registered in Uusimaa, followed by Southwest Finland

Most of the first registrations of boats take place in the coastal areas. Uusimaa and Southwest Finland were the regions with the largest number of first registrations. When the first registrations of boats in January-June 2018 are examined by municipality, it can be noted that most of the first registrations took place in the coastal areas and large cities.

First registrations of boats by municipality (top 10), January-June 2018

Further information:
Special Advicer Reetta Laine, tel. +358 29 5345 434, reetta.laine (at)
Special Adviser Mika Idman, tel. +358 29 534 5222, mika.idman (at), on Twitter @MikaIdman (statistics)