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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

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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