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
In the third month of our series studying state-by-state interest in the more popular boat classes on Boat Trader, we move from the previous saltwater fishing boats and motoryachts to bowriders. Website traffic data was recorded from July through December 2015.
After a couple of weak months to start the year, U.S. brokerage sales picked up steam in March as 2,443 boats were sold, an increase of 10 percent from 2,215 last year.
U.S. brokers sold 1,607 boats in February, 48 fewer than in the same month a year earlier, in a 3 percent decline that coincidentally was similar to January’s result.
In the second month of our series studying interest demonstrated on Boat Trader in some of the more popular classes by state, we move from a ranking of listing views of boats for saltwater fishing to motoryachts.
Despite a leap-year February that was 3 percent longer than the same month a year earlier, U.S. brokerage sales volume was incrementally weaker for the month at 1,607 boats, 3 percent fewer than the 1,655 that were sold last year.
There was incremental growth in the U.S. brokerage market in the second half of last year, but volume for the full year was down 1 percent, compared with 2014, and January 2016 figures reveal continued weakness.
Last month we looked at the most-viewed boat classes on Boat Trader. This month we begin a three-month series breaking down the interest in some of the more popular classes by state, starting with boats for saltwater fishing.
U.S. brokerage sales began 2016 as they ended 2015, with numbers that were weaker than in the same month in the previous year.
2015 ended with U.S. brokerage sales at nearly the same level as in 2014 — the number of boats sold declined 1 percent, and the total value of those sales rose 2 percent.