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 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

Boat sales drop again in August

Fiberglass boat sales continued to drop in August, but sales of aluminum boats showed a slight increase for the month, with the aluminum pontoon segment leading the way. Sales of all fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 21.2 percent on a year-over-year basis in 28 early reporting states that represent about 65 percent of the…more

Boat sales hit rough patch in 2Q

Final data for the second quarter shows sales of fiberglass boats fell 14 percent, but the rate of decline slowed by half from the same period a year earlier. Overall, 47,497 fiberglass boats were sold during the quarter, according to registration data from 47 states that represent 98 percent of the U.S. boat market. Three…more

July boat sales decline sharply

Fiberglass boat sales unexpectedly fell 31 percent in July in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment over much of the country, and the 5,419 units sold marked a record low for the month in that category. Overall sales of fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 26 percent on a year-over-year basis in 30 early reporting…more

June sales: Aluminum up, fiberglass down

June retail boat sales remained soft for fiberglass boats and personal watercraft, but rates of decline were lower than in May for both segments. All fiberglass sales, including PWC, dropped 16.4 percent year-over-year for June, while fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-foot range fell 21.3 percent in the early reporting states for the…more

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