Boat sales make sharp gains in August

Sales of fiberglass outboards, pontoon boats and personal watercraft surged in August, giving the recreational boat industry its highest percentage gains of the year.

Boat sales up 4 percent in second quarter

Recreational boat sales rose 4 percent in the second quarter, led by the aluminum pontoon and personal watercraft categories — the only ones in which sales topped 20,000.

Ham Hamberger has been called a “visionary whose influence continues in the marine industry to this day.”

Industry loses one of its true giants

Sylvan “Ham” Hamberger, who worked in leadership positions at Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Yamaha and Tracker Marine during a 40-year career in the industry, died July 24 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 86.

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June rebound has boat sales back on track

Led by fiberglass outboard and aluminum fishing boats, the recreational boat industry regained its footing after a slip in May and returned to moderate sales growth in June.

Boat sales continue gains in July

Traditional summer fun boats — jetboats, ski boats and personal watercraft — had their day in the sun in July, leading the recreational boat industry to an industrywide sales gain of 5 percent.

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Industry mourns NMMA Hall of Famer Sylvan Hamberger

Sylvan “Ham” Hamberger, who worked in leadership positions at Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Yamaha and Tracker Marine during a 40-year career in the industry, died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 86.

Boat sales rebound in June

Led by fiberglass outboard and aluminum fishing boats, the recreational boat industry regained its footing after a slip in May and returned to moderate sales growth in June.

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Better weather, more boat sales in April

Recreational boat sales stayed on a level growth plane in April, helped by spring weather that was improved from a year ago, particularly in the upper Midwest.

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