NMMA: Boat registrations up slightly

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Boat registrations increased 1 percent in 2007 compared to the previous year, according to a recent report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

A total of 13 million vessels were registered and/or documented in the U.S. in 2007, compared to 12.9 million in 2006, NMMA said in its 2007 U.S. Recreational Boat Registrations Statistics report.

Florida topped state rankings for registered boats, with nearly 992,000 vessels recorded in 2007. Others in the top 10 were: California, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, New York, South Carolina, Ohio and Illinois.

On a regional basis, Great Lakes states had the most registered vessels in 2007, while the Inland and South Atlantic regions ranked second and third, respectively. All regions except the North Atlantic posted increases in boat registrations in 2007.

Electronic copies of the study are available at no charge to NMMA members. The price for non-members is $300. Contact NMMA fulfillment coordinator Chris Keil at (312) 946-6209.

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7 comments on “NMMA: Boat registrations up slightly

  1. Captain Andrew

    OK–this contradicts the news article TradeOnly Today posted yesterday.

    Can someone please explain this contradiction?

  2. steppvel

    Are you joking????

    As a manufacturer, we are paying the NMMA for dues, boat shows, and a defunct advertising campaign with every boat we build, and this is the latest stats!!!!!

    I am so glad to see where all our money is being spent, they must be related to our new head of the IRS, Geithner!!

  3. Gordy McKelvey

    I agree with Tony. If it takes NMMA two full years to obtain those numbers on registrations, why wouldn’t TradeOnly Today go directly to the state agencies that document boat registrations and get the data from those agencies? Seems to me the industry would be able to see trends faster and more acurately doing it that way than waiting two years.

  4. BethR

    Soundings Trade Only gets reports every month on boat sales from Statistical Surveys, which are based on registration data from the states. It should be noted that all states do not report their data at the same time.

    Our most recent story on Statistical Surveys’ data ran Monday in our e-newsletter. If you go to our homepage (www.tradeonlytoday.com) and click on recent news, you can find it listed under Monday’s news briefs.

    Also, each month you can find the Statistical Surveys report on the back page of Soundings Trade Only magazine.

    – Beth Rosenberg

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