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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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Sales slump hits most segments in October

Sales of aluminum pontoon boats slumped in October for the first time since April amid a broad decline in boat sales during what is traditionally a low-volume month in the industry. Sales of pontoon boats fell 11.5 percent, to 362 boats, and sales of aluminum fishing boats — another consistently strong category this year —…more

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‘Lower price points’ boost aluminum sales

Sales of aluminum fishing and pontoon boats buoyed the boatbuilding industry again in September as the fiberglass market continued to struggle. Sales of aluminum pontoon boats rose 12.8 percent for the month, to 787 boats, compared with September 2010, and sales of aluminum fishing boats climbed 7.6 percent, to 1,324 boats, according to figures compiled…more

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Aluminum sales nudge market toward stability

Sales of all fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 5.1 percent in August, but the aluminum market showed solid gains and continues to be the growth segment this year. Sales of aluminum pontoon boats were up 12.7 percent to 1,645 units in August, and sales of aluminum fishing boats were up 9.7 percent to 1,747…more

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