Sales volume for U.S. brokerages increased in December to 1,623 boats, up by 6 percent compared to December 2013.
In our annual review of Boat Trader’s inventory of boats listed for sale, this year we compared average asking prices within different length ranges for the period Nov. 1, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014. There were two distinct trends, as reflected in the table above.
U.S. brokerage sales were off 12 percent in November from the same month a year earlier, a sharp downturn, compared with October, when volume was only 1 percent below that of the same month in 2013.
After monthly performances that generally lagged 2013 results by single-digit percentages, U.S. brokerage sales were 12 percent lower in November as 1,749 boats were sold, compared with 1,983 in the same month a year earlier.
After several months of lower sales compared with 2013, brokerage members of YachtWorld narrowed the gap in October, reporting in SoldBoats.com a decline in volume of just 1 percent from the previous October, with 2,304 boats sold.
During the last three years, visitors to BoatTrader.com have increasingly used smartphones and tablets to search and shop for boats.
The U.S. market for brokerage boats improved in October for boats longer than 36 feet, but overall sales fell 1 percent from the same month last year as 2,304 changed hands.
Every day, tens of thousands of visitors search for boats on Boat Trader and make hundreds of contacts with sellers by phone and email. This month, we compared the maximum length these visitors are inputting into their searches with the length of boats for which they’re submitting leads. Our data team created a graphic that…more
Through September, U.S. brokerage sales remained below their 2013 pace by 5 percent as 24,382 boats were sold, compared with 25,687 a year earlier.
With 2,414 boats changing owners in September, sales in the U.S. brokerage market were off 7 percent compared with the same month in 2013.