Pontoons, also known as “party barges,” have been hot in the U.S. boat market for the last few years. We recently did a study of Boat Trader site visitors, counting every time they viewed a page with a pontoon model on it.
When it comes to the yacht brokerage market, Florida has long been the major player in the United States, and 2014 was no different.
The new year began with sluggish January U.S. brokerage sales of 1,567 boats, down from 1,623 in December and 1,639 in January 2014.
2014 ended with a 6 percent gain in U.S. brokerage sales in December, but the year’s headlines were not positive. Sales for the year were down 5 percent, according to YachtWorld member brokerages reporting in their proprietary database, SoldBoats.com.
What boat classes were most popular among visitors to Boat Trader last year? Center consoles, drawing nearly double the views of the No. 2 class — cruisers.
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.