With 2,414 boats changing owners in September, sales in the U.S. brokerage market were off 7 percent compared with the same month in 2013.
U.S. brokerage boat sales were lower in August, compared with the same month last year, as 2,862 boats were sold for an aggregate price of $301.9 million.
We took a look this month at some relatively ancient history of the Internet to see how brand searches have changed in five years on BoatTrader.com. We reviewed the period from May through July in 2009 and this year.
Brokerage boat sales declined 5 percent in August as 2,862 boats changed hands, compared with 3,027 in the same month last year.
Nearly half of the visitors to Boat Trader’s website currently arrive via smartphones and tablets to search boats for sale.
Unit sales in the U.S. brokerage market in July dropped 8 percent from the same month a year earlier, to 3,287 boats, continuing a modest downward trend that has been in place all year.
Sales of brokerage boats declined in July with volume off 8 percent and the total value of boats sold off 1 percent compared with the same month a year earlier.
The shift to mobile computing among visitors to Boat Trader.com reached 45 percent of unique visitors in the second quarter this year. The chart at right shows the percentage of use of mobile phones, tab-lets and desktop computers in each of the last six quarters.
The second quarter of 2014 was positive for the U.S. yacht brokerage market, with sales improving significantly from the first quarter, more than 10,000 boats sold and year-to-date results above 5-year average figures for each month.
The number of brokerage boats sold in the United States in June was down 2 percent below the total for the same month last year.