A year ago in June, sales of new recreational boats were bouncing back after falling virtually flat during April and May.
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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.
Canada saw a slight dip in used-boat sales in 2016 with 63,505 units sold last year.
The recreational boat industry had its strongest month this year in May as sales rose in all but two categories and some segments posted double-digit gains.
Recreational boat sales rose 2 percent in the first quarter, slower growth by comparison with the double-digit gains the industry posted a year earlier.
For the past five years, personal watercraft sales have grown annually, and it’s estimated that total sales will top 60,000 units this year for the first time since 2008.
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Far from slipping into a “lull,” as it did in 2016 after strong March sales, the U.S. recreational boating industry achieved moderate gains in April this year that included double-digit growth in the pontoon category.
Last year the recreational boating industry was celebrating its best March results since 2008 — sales gains of 21 percent in the main powerboat segments and 20 percent industrywide.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association said new sailboat retail sales totaled 6,500 units in 2016, up 16.1 percent from the previous year.
Led by a 12 percent increase in sales of outboard-powered fiberglass boats, the recreational boat industry followed a strong January with moderate February growth that put sales for the year about 1 percent ahead of 2016.