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.


PWC, aluminum boats lead weak April market

Sales declines in the personal watercraft segment were buoyed by a large increase in Georgia volume, according to early registration numbers in April. Personal watercraft fell 30.9 percent in the month on 2,553 units, compared with 3,695 in 2008. Georgia volume more than doubled, however. New Hampshire, South Dakota, Idaho and Alaska also showed small…more


Northeast sales lag behind rest of U.S.

Yacht brokerage sales have increased steadily in the first four months of 2009, but measured against 2008 and a five-year running average, the picture hasn’t improved. As reported to by member brokers of, 2,308 boats were sold in April against a year ago, when 2,897 boats were sold. However, one bright spot appeared…more


Aluminum sales show growth in four states during March

Sales of aluminum boats in March showed a slower decline, according to numbers from 28 early reporting states. Aluminum boat sales fell 17.2 percent for the month. Total units sold were 4,832, compared to 5,838 in 2008. Mississippi, New York, Alaska and New Hampshire all showed positive growth for the period. Total fiberglass boats, including…more

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

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