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 sluggish in fourth quarter

Fourth-quarter U.S. boat sales were disappointing, although the rate of decline in fiberglass sales was slower than for the same period in 2009 and sales of aluminum and pontoon boats rose modestly. Fiberglass sales in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment fell 19.1 percent year-over-year during the October-to-December quarter on sales of 5,906 units across…more

Boat sales drop slightly in January

Sales of fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment fell 5.9 percent in January from the same month in 2010. Sales of personal watercraft fell 3.8 percent and sales of all fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 6.3 percent in 31 early reporting states. Sales of aluminum boats rose 8.6 percent in January…more

Boat sales decline continued in December

Sales of fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment fell 13.8 percent in December from the same month a year earlier in 27 early reporting states. For the year, sales in the category fell 21.9 percent, to 39,053 units, from 2009 figures in those states. Sales of aluminum boats fell 0.8 percent for…more

Buyer’s market befuddles megayacht owners

What is tougher than having one sleek megayacht for sale in a glutted market? The answer: having two megayachts on the market. In boom times, yacht enthusiasts would order a new dream boat and keep their old one for the two or three years the builder needed to complete the new boat. Then they would…more

Boat sales slide in November

The market for new boats continued to shrink in November, but another month of growth in the aluminum segment and a single-digit decline in the personal watercraft market pointed to an improved retail climate. Sales of all fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 15.6 percent for the month, to 1,945 units, compared with 2,304 in…more

Boat sales drop again in third quarter

The decline in boat sales during the third quarter of 2010 increased as the recession-racked economy continued to bedevil the marine industry. Fiberglass sales in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment fell 29.1 percent year-over-year during the July-September quarter on sales of 16,449 units in 46 states, which represent 95 percent of the U.S. boat…more

Boat sales decline slows in October

Boat sales fell again in October but at a slower rate than September’s numbers. Fiberglass sales in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment fell 24 percent in October, and sales of personal watercraft fell 17.8 percent. In September, sales in the same fiberglass category fell 27.8 percent, and sales of PWC fell 25.3 percent. Sales…more

Report: Boat market will bottom out in 2010

The boating industry in 2010 is projected to remain almost flat on a global basis as the economy recovers from the recession, according to Lucintel, a global management consulting and market research firm. In a research report, “Global Recreational Boating Industry Analysis and Forecast 2010-2015,” Lucintel said global demand for recreational boats is projected to…more

Analyst: 2010 sales will continue to drop

Wells Fargo Securities analyst Tim Conder is estimating that industry unit sales will fall 14 to 15 percent this year, based on August sales being down 13 percent and September trends that Statistical Surveys reported Monday. September historically accounts for 6 percent of annual retail unit sales and the third quarter accounts for about 31…more

Aluminum sales only bright spot in September

The aluminum-boat market firmed in September, posting a small sales gain, but personal watercraft sales and fiberglass sales in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment continued to fall. Sales in the aluminum category rose 3.1 percent on a year-over-year basis in 26 states that represent about 65 percent of the U.S. market. Results were positive…more

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