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.

Gulf Coast, national sales show flicker of hope

Figures from U.S. YachtWorld brokers show boats were moving a little better in March, but at lower prices As the first quarter ends, the yacht brokerage market in the United States may be showing a small sign of improvement against 2008 unit sales. As reported to by member brokers of, sales were off…more


4Q boat sales down again, closing out a year to forget

  Sales of new boats continued to drop in the fourth quarter of 2008. The total fiberglass segment, including personal watercraft, fell 38.5 percent and aluminum sales were off 27.1 percent. The data here is based on registration information from all 50 states. Sales of fiberglass boats 14 feet and larger decreased 41.9 percent, on…more

Consumer confidence drops again

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, relatively flat in January, fell sharply in February to another all-time low. The index stood at 25 – down from the January figure of 37.4. The Present Situation Index declined to 21.2 from 29.7 in January. “The decline in the Present Situation Index, driven by worsening business conditions and…more


Boat sales in all segments were down again in January

Fiberglass unit volume falls nearly 40 percent; drop was slightly lower in aluminum and PWC Sales of fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 39.8 percent on 2,636 units during January, according to early registration numbers compiled by Statistical Surveys Inc. Fiberglass boats in the popular lengths of 14-30 feet declined 42.1 percent on 1,730 units.…more


Sailboats make up a third of West Coast sales

During February, 1,325 boats worth $131,768,711 were sold in the United States. West Coast brokers — those in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington — sold 254 boats (19 percent of the total) worth $23,275,725 (18 percent of the total value). These are coastal states with deep water, which will account for the fact that…more


Florida brokers sold 337 boats in January

For the next six months, we are going to look at the number, size and value of boats sold through YachtWorld in six different regions of the U.S. and what percentage of the total sales that region represented. Let’s start by comparing Florida to the national total. In January, 1,250 boats were sold in the…more


December sales figures conclude a down year

Early numbers point to 32 percent loss for ’08; results of early winter shows provide some lift Boat registrations in December showed a continuation of the yearlong decline in sales. Total fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 28.4 percent on 2,508 units for the month. These statistics are based on data from 27 early-reporting states…more


Unemployment rate high, but not unprecedented

One of the principal reasons consumer confidence is at an all-time low is fear of job loss, economists say. U.S. Department of Labor figures show unemployment surged to 7.2 percent in December — a month in which 524,000 jobs were lost. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed people…more


U.S. YachtWorld brokers rang up $3.1B in 2008

Any way you look at 2008, it was a benchmark year, and all 2009 activities are going to be judged against it. With this in mind, here are some key 2008 numbers that will provide guidance as to how 2009 compares: • As of Dec. 31 there were 1,498 U.S. brokerages and 1,037 international…more


Third-quarter sales decline affects every boating segment

Sales of new boats continued to drop in the third quarter of 2008. The total fiberglass segment, including personal watercraft, fell 31.6 percent, while aluminum sales were off 25.6 percent. The information here is based on registration data from 47 states, which make up 99 percent of the U.S. boat market. The closely watched 14-foot-and-up…more

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