Driven by the three boat types that have been the industry’s strongest sellers since the last recession ended, recreational boatbuilders and dealers began 2017 with high single-digit January gains.
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.
It’s one month into the new year and, after finishing 2016 in the doldrums, the U.S. brokerage market has made a fast start.
Recreational boat sales slipped in December, but full-year figures based on results from 27 early-reporting states, including Florida and Texas, show that industry sales rose about 5 percent last year.
Many types of U.S. sellers list new and used-model boats for sale at Boat Trader, ranging from large, multi-office dealers to small shops and private sellers.
For the third year running, U.S. yacht brokers reached the end of December with fewer boats sold than the year before.
Lifted by Florida and Texas, the nation’s top two states for sales, the recreational boating industry achieved moderate growth in November that raised the year’s percentage sales gains to levels more in line with forecasts.
Everybody wants a center console! At least that’s the indication in a recent tally of the most-viewed boat classes on the Boat Trader website.
U.S. brokerage sales volume of 1,858 boats in November was in line with recent years — lower by 11 boats, or 1 percent, compared with the previous November, but ahead of the five-year average for the month by 34 boats.
Recreational boat sales posted their second consecutive month of weak growth in October, leaving the industry farther from the full-year gains forecasters were hoping for when 2016 began.
Boat Trader website visitors increasingly continued to shop for boats on mobile devices during the last year and this report drills down to the operating-system level. Regardless of the system, the report shows that the number of unique monthly visitors varies with the season from a high in July to a low in November and…more