Records from the ODNR Division of Watercraft show 435,310 boats were registered in Ohio in 2012, up from the previous record of 426,674 in 2011.
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State officials say those numbers include powerboats, canoes, jet-propelled watercraft, sailboats, kayaks and rowboats.
The boat business supports about 20,000 jobs in Ohio, said Ken Alvey, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association.
Alvey says there are probably close to 300 marinas or places where more than six boats dock in Ohio, and close to 100 dealers who sell new boats.
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