NMMA reports increase in powerboat registrations

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New powerboat registrations were up 6.1 percent for the rolling 12-month period through February.

The tow boat, pontoon, saltwater fishing boat and personal watercraft segments had the highest rates of growth, up 10.1 percent, 9.6 percent, 8.5 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, according to data the National Marine Manufacturers Association released today.

Nearly all segments were up through February on a rolling 12-month basis. Outboard boats were up 6.4 percent, inboard boats were up 9.8 percent and jet boats were up 7 percent, the NMMA reported.

Sterndrive boats continued to lag other categories; registrations were down 4.8 percent.

Larger boats — 27 feet and above — were up 8.8 percent.

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