New Boat Sales

Statistical Surveys, a Michigan company that tracks new-boat registrations, provides monthly, quarterly and annual reports on boat sales from every state in the country.

Attendance at boat shows has been picking up and dealers are happy with their results.

The recovery is getting legs

Though the scars of recessions past continue to linger with businesses as well as consumers, the industry seems poised at the midway point of the year to have a pretty solid 2016 if the current trajectory continues.

Dominion Marine Media thinks boat companies could enhance their Internet presence by more specifically reaching their target audience.

Turn your .com into .boats?

Even those lacking Internet savvy know that .com is the most common domain suffix and have come to expect it in nearly every Web address — with a few exceptions, such as .org or .gov. But a new ability to register more specific domain names could change that.

Boat sales show small gains in May

The spring began with much promise in the recreational boat industry — 20 percent sales gains in March — but apart from a few reliable growth engines, overall sales in May weren’t much stronger than they had been during a weak April.

Boat sales show double-digit gains in 1Q

Boosted by the strongest March results since 2008, the recreational boating industry posted double-digit first-quarter sales gains, including two segments that sold nearly 10,000 boats.

Boat sales in March reach best mark since 2008

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.

Kids who spend time on the water often become boat owners, but that trend is changing among Gen Xers and millennials.

Pursuing lost youth

EDITOR’S NOTE: This begins a two-part special report on the industry’s declining baby-boomer client base and the reluctance of the next generations to commit to boat ownership.

Boat sales bounce back in February

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.

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