Recreational boating is a multi-billion dollar per year business in the United States that supports hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs. Yachts are the floating economic engines at the center of this industry. At least thirteen percent of the value of every yacht sold in the U.S. immediately goes towards upgrades that boost the local economy where the sale takes place. And, an additional ten percent of the boat’s value goes to maintenance every year. This means jobs for carpenters, painters, mechanics, welders, and others involved in boat maintenance and retrofitting. Plus, each yacht docked in the U.S. requires the support of crew members who spend their dollars in the local economy.