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.


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


Already, this recession is longer than average

If the past is, indeed, prologue, then the recession should end sometime in 2009. Now that the National Bureau of Economic Research confirms that we are in one — and have been since December 2007 — some recession facts and figures seem appropriate. As the chart shows, the longest post-World War II recessions have lasted…more


Fiberglass boat sales down 40.5 percent in October

Sales of fiberglass boats dropped 40.5 percent in October, according to early release data. Last year at the same time there was slight growth, showing a healthy clearing of inventories closing the fall selling season. This year, the market was stagnant in October because of a record low in consumer confidence and unstable financing resources.…more

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