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.

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.

Boat sales up 6.8 percent in 2015

Growth in U.S. recreational boat sales slowed during the fourth quarter, but builders and dealers sold 15,477 more boats in all of 2015 than they did the year before, marking the fourth straight year of gains for the recovering industry.

MarineMax has begun selling Polish-built Galeon Yachts, but says it views them as a “complementary product” to its Sea Ray models. The company wanted to supplement its offerings with a lower-priced line.

Here come the imports

The United States is continuing to see an increase in boatbuilders from abroad who want to bring their brands here, and although it’s not a new phenomenon it is one that continues to gain traction in light of the strong dollar and relatively robust North American boating market.

Boat sales drop in January

After two consecutive months of double-digit gains, U.S. recreational boat sales fell in January in the main powerboat segments and industrywide for the first time since last spring.

Boat sales add double-digit gains in December

Buoyed by a strong November, the recreational boating industry got the holiday present it wanted — a second consecutive month of double-digit sales gains in December, traditionally one of the slowest months of the year.

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