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 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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Dockwise reporting steady transport business

Fort Lauderdale-based Dockwise Yacht Transport says it has been busy despite the tough economic times. In late February, DYT’s 456-foot Super Servant 3 left Port Everglades for Toulon, France, unloading 18 yachts and loading one in St. Thomas, then moved on to Martinique where it loaded 18 more yachts, totaling 32 power- and sailboats for…more

Survey details marina and boatyard satisfaction

Survey Advantage, a customer research and loyalty firm, released its 2008 benchmarks for marinas and boatyards. The report was designed in cooperation with the Association of Marine Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association. The report tracks four key areas: facility quality, marine service quality, customer service and boater loyalty. In measuring a…more

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