Whether because of a warm winter, a rising stock market or a post-election bounce, U.S. brokerage sales volume and total valuation increased for the second month running in February.
Center console models were the most viewed class on Boat Trader last year. Site visitors looked at listings for center consoles, new and used, about 12.7 million times, nearly double the 6.5 million times that boats in the No. 2 class, power cruisers, were viewed.
In February, for the second month in a row, U.S. brokers reported higher sales.
It’s one month into the new year and, after finishing 2016 in the doldrums, the U.S. brokerage market has made a fast start.
Many types of U.S. sellers list new and used-model boats for sale at Boat Trader, ranging from large, multi-office dealers to small shops and private sellers.
U.S. brokers posted a moderate increase in sales volume in January and a major gain in the total price paid for the boats that were sold.
For the third year running, U.S. yacht brokers reached the end of December with fewer boats sold than the year before.
Everybody wants a center console! At least that’s the indication in a recent tally of the most-viewed boat classes on the Boat Trader website.
U.S. brokerage sales tailed off by 4 percent in December, compared with the same month in 2015, as 1,537 boats were sold, a 72-boat decline.
U.S. brokerage sales volume of 1,858 boats in November was in line with recent years — lower by 11 boats, or 1 percent, compared with the previous November, but ahead of the five-year average for the month by 34 boats.