Boat sales momentum stalls in May

After appearing to gain momentum in April, recreational boat sales were mixed in May in 27 early-reporting states, a disappointing result for the industry as it tries to climb out of an early-spring slump and repeat the summer gains it achieved in 2013.

Boat sales show slight 1Q gains

Early spring weather was unkind to the U.S. marine industry again this year, but first-quarter numbers from Statistical Surveys suggest that 2014’s signature bitter chill was somewhat less of a sales deterrent than the raw and wet conditions were a year earlier.

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Boat sales make small gains in March

If you were selling outboard fiberglass boats — or vessels ranging from personal watercraft to small fishing boats and jon boats — the spring selling season probably started to look brighter in March.

Boat sales show solid gains in April

Recreational boat sales growth in March amounted to just a trickle, but the solid single-digit increases the industry saw in April suggest that builders and dealers could enjoy sustainable gains in the warmer months ahead.

Amid bitter winter, boat sales drop in February

Astronomically speaking, the spring season began on March 20, but in the recreational boating industry the spring selling season starts in February. This year, it did not start well. The slim sales gains that the industry achieved in January vanished the following month as a harsh and snowy winter punished the Midwest, Great Plains and…more

Boat sales see small gains in March

If you were selling outboard fiberglass boats — or vessels ranging from personal watercraft to small fishing boats and jon boats — the spring selling season probably started to look brighter in March.

Boat sales drop in February

Astronomically speaking, the spring season began last week, but in the recreational boating industry the spring selling season starts in February. This year, it did not start well.

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Boat sales show small gains in January

Winter’s icy fingers reached into the Deep South in January, but they appeared to be a minor factor as sales in the recreational boat industry rose slightly during what is traditionally a slow month. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose just 1.2 percent, or 37 boats, to 3,243, compared with January of 2013, and…more

Boat sales top 200,000 for second straight year

Closing a year marked by modest but steady growth, the recreational boating industry topped the 200,000 mark in sales for the second year in a row in 2013 and saw a gain of nearly 6 percent in its main powerboat segments.

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Boat sales post double-digit gains in December

Like the stars on a professional sports team, two stalwart categories of aluminum boats and the largest segment of fiberglass boats delivered solidly higher sales in December that enabled the recreational boat industry to finish 2013 with a month of double-digit gains.

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