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Boat sales suffer setback in February

A year ago, spring arrived early in many parts of the country and the recreational boating industry rode a large and early wave of customers to strong results in February. This year, the industry appears to have caught a chill. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments reversed course. Rather than the double-digit gain of…more

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Sales continue growth trend in January

Last winter, reports in January of rising sales of pontoon boats and small to midsize outboard fiberglass boats were a pleasant surprise in the U.S. boatbuilding industry. Such results since have become the norm, and sales figures that Statistical Surveys Inc. compiled for January this year show that the industry is continuing to build on…more

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December sales solidify industry’s 2012 gains

It’s official: 2012 was a comeback year for the recreational boating industry. Industrywide sales rose 9.4 percent, to 196,519 boats, and sales in the main powerboat segments climbed 11.2 percent, to 121,789, compared with the previous year, in 26 early reporting states that represent 64 percent of the nation’s boat market, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported.…more

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Boat sales get a bounce in November

Recreational boat sales typically aren’t high in November, but the industry attracted significantly more buyers this year than it did a year earlier as 2012 continued to be a year of recovery. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose 12.3 percent for the month, to 2,748 boats, from November 2011 and they were also 12.3…more

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Boat sales regain strength in October

After stalling in September, the recreational boating industry roared back to life in October with double-digit sales increases in several categories during what is traditionally a low-volume month in the industry. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose 22.1 percent, to 3,490 boats, from October 2011, and they were up 21 percent to 5,181 boats…more

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Boat sales recovery stalls in September

The recreational boating industry’s year-long rebound cooled in September, but the annual end to warm summer weather in much of the nation may have been more of a coincidence than a cause. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments were virtually flat, rising just 0.3 percent, to 3,776 boats, from September 2011 and industrywide sales…more

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Boat sales keep steady pace in August

Like a weather pattern that settles in and dominates a season, recreational boat sales stayed in their 2012 summer groove in August with increases among aluminum fishing and pontoon boats and smaller fiberglass outboards and declines among smaller fiberglass sterndrives, cruisers and yachts. The industry’s growth lagged the pace it set earlier in the summer,…more

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Boat sales display renewed power in July

Boat sales regained some momentum in July, settling into a healthy pace of growth and providing more clues about the geography and durability of the industry’s recovery. Aluminum pontoon and fishing boats continued to be reliable gainers, but the best-performing category in the industry’s main powerboat segments was the high-volume 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass…more

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Sales growth slows as first half closes

Recreational boat sales growth slowed in June, but single-digit gains in the main powerboat segments and industrywide were enough to keep both categories ahead by double digits for the first half of 2012. Groupings that have carried the industry for months continued to do so. Sales of aluminum pontoon boats rose 15.7 percent, to 3,545,…more

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Small-boat sales keep rally going in May

Smaller boats played a sizable role in May as the recreational boating industry continued to rebound, posting another double-digit sales gain. Pontoon boats, jet boats and PWC sold especially well, helping to lift sales industrywide by 16.5 percent, to 16,859 boats, from the same month a year earlier, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen,…more

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