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Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This is a study of the recreational boating industry in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island. It is a facility inventory study as well as a consumer attitude and perception study. In these respects, it amounts to a market survey. Prior to this work, the firms in this city which deal with recreational boaters had no conception of the number of users or geographic area influenced by the services they proffered. There was a need to know if the consumers of these services perceived various problems in Newport Harbor. Among these problems were such things as crowding, pollution, conflicts between user groups, and shortfalls in available facilities. It was hypothesized that the development and future growth of recreational boating in Newport Harbor were constrained both by consumer and management perception and attitude and by economic and physical limitations.