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 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

February boat sales continue upward trend

Right in sync with warmer weather, which arrived early in much of the country, the nation’s boatbuilding industry saw its spring selling season get off to a surprisingly strong start in February. Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments jumped 29 percent for the month, to 4,386 boats, from February 2011, and they rose 28…more

Boat sales show bounce in January

The U.S. boatbuilding industry began 2012 much the way it ended the previous year, with strong sales gains in two aluminum boat categories and the largest category of fiberglass boats. January sales in the high-volume 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass segment were up 14.4 percent, to 1,064 boats, from the same month in 2011, according…more

Boat sales show gains in December

Sales in two aluminum boat categories and the largest segment of fiberglass boats saw solid gains in December, contributing to 9.2 percent growth in the industry’s main powerboat segments and brightening what is typically the slowest sales month of the year. Sales of aluminum fishing boats climbed 13.8 percent, to 694, compared with December 2010,…more

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