For the recreational boat industry, 2013 has been a tale of two seasons — the wet spring, when sales ran disappointingly behind the encouraging pace of a year earlier — and the bright summer, when the sun came out and builders and dealers shot past their 2012 marks.
A year after Hurricane Sandy dealt the East Coast marine industry a heavy blow, organizers and exhibitors at the Kellogg Marine Dealer Trade Show in Connecticut were pleased to see a strong turnout and familiar faces.
by Will autumn prove to be the spring selling season that passed the boating industry by? Judging from September sales in early-reporting states, the mild fall that extended the summer in many areas was encouraging some consumers to buy now and not wait until 2014. Sales for the month in the main powerboat segments rose…more
Where the weather is warm, boat sales have remained bright and, even though it was October, enough Americans were still buying that the industry reached double-digit percentage gains for the fourth month in a row.
The best summer days start warm and bright and you never want them to end. This summer, you couldn’t blame boatbuilders for hoping the season itself would linger, prolonging a rally that began in the heat of July and continued in August.
The heat of July — the heart of the American summer — never fails to lure boat owners and their families to the water. This year, it also apparently attracted plenty of new people to boating. After the industry’s late spring rally appeared to fade in June, recreational boat sales suddenly got hot in July.…more
When boat sales rebounded in May, some industry observers hoped it was a sign of a late-blooming spring selling season that would extend into early summer. From that perspective, the mixed June results that Statistical Surveys reported were disappointing. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose a modest 1.8 percent, or 173 boats, to 10,047,…more
Sales of recreational boats ended three months of declines in May, enabling the industry to avoid the disappointment of a spring selling season that did not include a single month of industrywide gains. Aluminum fishing boats and pontoons led the charge as sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments rose 7.1 percent, to 11,661, from…more
Recreational boat sales slipped in April for the third month in a row as the spring selling season continued to disappoint the industry. Even the aluminum pontoon category, a standout during the recovery that began last year, lost ground. Pontoon sales fell 3.6 percent to 2,522 boats from the same month a year earlier in…more
The recreational boating industry’s growth engines sputtered in March amid inclement early spring weather as overall sales dropped for the second month in a row after a year of recovery and consistent gains. Sales of aluminum pontoon boats rose just 1.3 percent, or 18, to 1,386 from the same month last year in early reporting…more