U.S. brokerage sales fell 11 percent in March from the same month in 2014 and the quarter ended with sales lower by 5 percent, as 5,427 boats were sold.
Ski and wakeboard boats generally are used on lakes, rivers and protected coastal waters where skiing, wakeboarding and wakesurfing thrive.
After a good month in February, U.S. brokerages reported selling only 2,203 boats in March. Although that was 501 more sales than in February, it represented a decrease of 11 percent from March 2014.
After a slow January, the U.S. brokerage market bounced back in February as sales rose 3 percent from the same month a year earlier.
Center consoles are the most popular class of powerboat in many states, especially on the East Coast and Gulf Coast. They are generally versatile boats for fishing and family activities, and they’re capable in rougher water, although they can also be wet, which makes them preferred in warmer water.
The U.S. brokerage market improved in February as 1,652 boats were sold, 85 more than changed hands in January and a 3 percent increase from the same month a year earlier.
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.