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 decline slows in July

New-boat sales volume in the fiberglass 14- to 30-foot segment continued to decline slower in July compared to the same period last year, based on 30 early reporting states, or 64 percent of the U.S. market. Fiberglass boat sales in the popular lengths of 14 to 30 feet were down 20.5 percent in the early…more

Boat-sales decline slowed in June

New-boat sales volume declines slowed in June based on early reporting states. This report is based on 26 states, or 62 percent of the U.S. market. Preliminary registration data for June showed that sales for all fiberglass boats fell 22.4 percent, while aluminum sales were down 19.6 percent. Documented vessels were not included due to…more

Boat sales down in May

Sales of fiberglass boats in the popular lengths of 14 to 30 foot were down 35.8 percent in May compared to the same month in 2008 in the early reporting states. North Dakota and South Dakota posted positive growth, while the Louisiana market stuck out of the pack with a single-digit decline of 2.6 percent.…more

First quarter new-boat sales report

New-boat sales continued to decline in the first quarter of 2009. The total fiberglass market for all lengths was down 38.8 percent on 19,171 units for the quarter, down from 31,303 units. Aluminum boat volume, however, decreased less than fiberglass. In the fiberglass 14-foot-and-up segment, sales decreased by 41.8 percent in the first quarter on…more

Boat sales dropped in April

Sales of all fiberglass boats, including PWCs, were down 35.2 percent in April, according to data from Statistical Surveys. These preliminary statistics include 30 early reporting states, which represent about 64 percent of the national market. Only states that currently provide weekly or monthly information are included in this summary. Percentage change is presented on…more

Survey looks at boat usage

The Mad Mariner Web site recently conducted a survey to gauge how people use their boats. Among the highlights were: * 59 percent say they will boat more this year than last year, and 35 percent say it will be about the same. * Nine percent say they’ll boat less this year – mostly because…more

Capital improvements survey targets marinas

Applied Technology & Management’s Marine Division recently distributed a capital improvements survey, which is open to any marine facility owner or operator. Questions include: How would you rate the condition of your seawall/bulkhead? Are you considering, or would you consider, adding a drystack facility to your marina? What would customers say about your upland amenities…more

Florida bill would cap yacht tax

The Florida legislature is considering a new bill that would put a cap on the sales tax charged for yachts and airplanes in an effort to stem the flow of sales going to other states and countries. “It’s an important bill,” John Sprague, chairman of the legislative committee for the Marine Industries Association of Florida,…more

Feds seize yachts from Madoff

Federal marshals paid a visit to Roscioli Yachting Center in Davie, Fla., yesterday to seize a 55-foot yacht owned by Bernie Madoff, the financier who has been jailed and awaits sentencing for swindling billions of dollars from investors. Bull, a 1969 Rybovich, has been annually stored and professionally maintained by Roscioli Yachting Center since 1996,…more

RBFF, FYBA make officer appointments

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and Florida Yacht Brokers Association have named new officers. Ken Hammond is the new board chairman of the RBFF. Hammond, who has been on the RBFF board of directors since 2003, currently serves as chairman and CEO for The Hammond Group, an independent sporting goods and outdoor product sales…more

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