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.

Florida school opens coral reef research center

The Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center celebrated the grand opening of its Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Science Research Thursday with an appearance by former Vice President Al Gore and a photo op of university president George Hanbury diving on a coral reef nursery off Fort Lauderdale. The $50 million, 82,000-square-foot facility on…more

Boat sales keep summer pace in August

Like a weather pattern that settles in and dominates a season, recreational boat sales stayed in their 2012 summer groove in August with increases among aluminum fishing and pontoon boats and smaller fiberglass outboards and declines among smaller fiberglass sterndrives, cruisers and yachts. The industry’s growth lagged the pace it set earlier in the summer,…more

Florida boatbuilders await possible defense cuts

An impasse in Congress over the federal deficit and defense budget cuts could hurt some Florida businesses. The Navy spent $1 million to help Scott Lewit design and build the prototype of a utility boat that is 40 percent lighter, more fuel-efficient and less likely to injure its crew when it crashes into waves, according…more

Boat sales bounce back in July

Recreational boat sales regained some momentum in July, settling into a healthy pace of growth and providing more clues about the location and durability of the industry’s recovery. Aluminum pontoon and fishing boats continued to be reliable gainers, but the best-performing category in the industry’s main powerboat segments was the high-volume 11- to 40-foot outboard…more

Boat sales see slow growth in June

Recreational boat sales growth slowed in June, but single-digit gains in the main powerboat segments and industrywide were enough to keep both categories ahead by double digits for the first half of 2012. Groupings that have carried the industry for months continued to do so. Sales of aluminum pontoon boats rose 15.7 percent in June,…more

Boat sales gain momentum in May

Smaller boats played a sizable role in May as the recreational boating industry continued to rebound, posting another double-digit sales gain. Pontoon boats, jet boats and PWC sold especially well, helping to lift sales industrywide by 16.5 percent, to 16,859 boats, from the same month a year earlier, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen,…more

Analyst: Marine lenders report spring sales gains

Marine industry lenders indicate that boat sales in May and early June are up at least 7 or 8 percent, according to Wells Fargo analyst Timothy Conder. Ongoing momentum is occurring in aluminum and small fiberglass outboards, as well as a potential stabilization in midsize fiberglass sterndrives, according to the report. A modest decline continued…more

Amid gloom, reports pop up on solid boat sales

Although recent economic discussions have centered on Europe’s woes and the possibility of a double-dip recession in the U.S., reports have been springing up nationwide about an increase in boat sales. In the Midwest, where the economy has been slow for the last four years, reports have shown a strong spring for boat dealers. In…more

Boat sales climb in April

We are republishing the April boat sales statistics because of inaccuracies in the data supplied to Soundings Trade Only. These numbers replace the original submission due to a correction in the data, said Aarn Rosen, national sales manager at Statistical Surveys Inc. It was only April, but marine consumers had summer fun on their minds…more

Boat sales growth continues in March

Led by double-digit increases in aluminum fishing and pontoon boats, the recreational boating industry continued in March to build on a strong February start to the spring selling season. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments rose 7.6 percent for the month, to 8,345 boats, from March 2011, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen,…more

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