Was it merely the cold, wet weather? U.S. brokerage sales continued to be weaker this spring as 3,088 boats were sold in May, 6 percent fewer than in the same month last year.
Our annual rundown of the most commonly listed brands of boats on BoatTrader shows perennial market leader Sea Ray with the most listings again this year by more than a 3-to-1 margin over Bayliner.
Year-over-year sales volume declined 6 percent for U.S. yacht brokerages in May, marking the third straight month of lower sales.
Last year, the recreational boating industry was celebrating its best March results since 2008 — sales gains of 21 percent in the main powerboat segments and 20 percent industrywide.
After higher-volume sales to begin the year, U.S. yacht brokers have reported slightly lower sales in recent months. Volume declined by 82 boats in April as sales slipped from 2,916 to 2,834, a 3 percent shift.
The shift toward use of smartphones among unique visitors to the Boat Trader website continued during the last 12 months.
Sales in the U.S. yacht brokerage market fell 3 percent in April from the same month last year.
There were smiles on the faces of many brokers during the first quarter this year. After moderate gains in January and February, U.S. brokerage market volume eased slightly in March, but total volume for the three months was 3 percent higher than in 2016 at 5,709.
Power-cruiser models were the second-most-viewed class of boat on Boat Trader in 2016. Visitors to the site looked at listings for power cruisers, new and used, nearly 6.5 million times during the year.
U.S. yacht brokerage sales slipped to 2,387 in March from 2,437 a year ago, a 2 percent decline.