Buoyed by successful winter shows and good early spring weather, the recreational boating industry had its best March in eight years, as sales soared 21.3 percent in the main segments and 19.9 percent industrywide.
By the Numbers
Monthly reports on sales of new, used and brokerage boats provide the industry with the information to understand its market and follow consumer trends and buying patterns.
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.
After a disappointing start to the year, recreational boat sales rebounded in February with strong single-digit gains that suggest the big Miami boat shows and smaller regional events attracted a significant number of buyers.
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 two consecutive months of double-digit gains, U.S. recreational boat sales fell in January in the main powerboat segments and industrywide for the first time since last spring.
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.
“I think I may have a statistic here.” That’s something you might hear when you talk to Jack Ellis, founder and managing director of Miami-based Info-Link Technologies, a company that tracks marine industry sales trends and boat registrations. His passion for numbers and data seems trumped only by his love of boating and his family.
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.