Two themes were evident in yacht brokerage sales results for January through June — incrementally lower sales volume and incrementally higher average prices paid.
Last month, we ranked boat brands by the total number of listings for used boats on Boat Trader. This month we show which brands’ listings received the most views by consumers searching for boats on the site during the 12-month period through the end of June.
In June, typically the highwater mark for the yacht brokerage market, 3,523 boats were sold in the United States and, as in May, sales were lower than in the same month the previous year.
The U.S. brokerage market had a rough ride in May, experiencing an 8 percent dip in sales volume after two months in positive territory.
Sea Ray, Bayliner, Chaparral and Yamaha models were the most commonly listed used boats for sale on Boat Trader during the 12-month period that ended March 31.
The volume of brokerage sales of smaller boats declined markedly in May, which reduced total sales for the month by 273 boats, or 8 percent, compared with the same month a year earlier.
U.S. yacht brokerage sales increased seasonally in April and remained ahead of their 2015 pace for the second month in a row.
Through the lens of boat searches on the Boat Trader website, we’ve tracked the trend toward increased use of mobile devices periodically in this DataTracker series. This month we look at the past three years of data and see the steady increase in smartphone use.
U.S. brokerage boat sales in April improved slightly from the same month last year, but the total price that buyers paid was incrementally lower.
After a couple of sluggish months, brokerage sales in the U.S. got a positive bounce in March, gaining 10 percent from March 2015, with 2,443 boats sold. According to YachtWorld member brokerages reporting sales in SoldBoats, their proprietary database, volume for the first quarter of 2016 was 5,564 boats — 2 percent higher than in…more