Boat sales head into summer on an upswing

It was only April, but consumers had summer fun on their minds as sales of personal watercraft, jetboats and ski boats roared upward by margins of 22 to 44 percent. Sizable gains in all three categories helped propel sales industrywide to 14,475 boats, a gain of 17.5 percent from the same month last year, according…more

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Marina roars back after Tennessee tornado

Weeks after $5M in damage, the facility is up and running and has expansion plans in the works On Easter Sunday in April, a woman from Alabama stopped at Island Cove Marina & Resort in Tennessee, looking for the boatyard that had been ripped apart a month earlier by a tornado. She had found it,…more

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Sales momentum continues into spring

Led by double-digit increases in aluminum fishing and pontoon boats, the recreational boating industry continued in March to build on a strong February start to the spring selling season. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments rose 7.6 percent for the month, to 8,345 boats, from March 2011, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen,…more

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Spring sales season off to solid start

Right in sync with warmer weather, which arrived early in much of the country, the nation’s boatbuilding industry saw its spring selling season get off to a surprisingly strong start in February. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments jumped 29 percent for the month, to 4,386 boats, from February 2011, and they rose 28…more

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January sales hold hope for spring season

Boat sales began 2012 much the way it ended the previous year, with strong gains in two aluminum boat categories and the largest category of fiberglass boats. January sales in the high-volume 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass segment were up 14.4 percent, to 1,064 boats, from the same month in 2011, according to figures compiled…more

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Boat sales close out 2011 on a high note

Sales in two aluminum boat categories and the largest segment of fiberglass boats saw solid gains in December, contributing to 9.2 percent growth in the industry’s main powerboat segments and brightening what is typically the slowest sales month of the year. Sales of aluminum fishing boats climbed 13.8 percent, to 694, compared with December 2010,…more

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New consumer base calls for new plans

Trade executive suggests Spanish-language ads, boating courses as part of public school curricula A presentation at the December boating growth summit that showed Latinos are a rising segment of the U.S. population may have caught some by surprise, but Grant Westerson wasn’t one of them. The president of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association thinks many…more

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Boatyard revolves around its solar system

Word quickly spread two years ago when the Kingman Yacht Center set up what was then the largest solar power system on Cape Cod. The boatyard in the Cataumet section of Bourne, Mass., heard from school groups, the local chamber of commerce and businesses that wanted to see the new system in action, says company…more

No ‘Happy Days’ for one green dealer

Three years ago John Schroeder had high hopes that a new wind turbine would sharply reduce Happy Days Boating’s reliance on FirstEnergy Corp. for electric power. Today, Schroeder’s turbine is broken, the company that made it is no longer in business, and he has acquired a dim view of the economics of government-assisted projects that…more

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Data show boat market starting to settle

Sales of aluminum fishing boats began to climb again in November and the largest category of fiberglass boats also saw a gain as the industry’s main powerboat segments showed 1.5 percent growth for the month. Sales of fishing boats rose 5.6 percent in November, to 787 boats, compared with the same month a year earlier,…more

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