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.

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

Boat sales slowed in May

Retail boat sales in May dropped relative to April, but segment declines continued to slow compared to the same month last year. Many areas are seeing their markets recover, despite this month’s overall decreased activity. The aluminum and PWC markets are outperforming fiberglass as the second quarter nears a close. All fiberglass boat sales, including…more

Mixed results in early 2010 boat sales

With registration data in from 48 states, or 99 percent of the U.S. boat market, Statistical Surveys released its final boat-sales figures for the first quarter 2010. Alabama and Iowa data was incomplete for March because of delays in data entry. New-boat sales continued to fall in the first quarter. Aluminum boat volume decreased less…more

Wisconsin buoyed by jump in aluminum sales

The boatbuilding industry in Wisconsin, a state that loves its aluminum boats, saw signs of optimism from a report that sales of 18-foot aluminum boats in the first three months of 2010 are up 30 percent from the same period a year ago. The Journal Sentinel newspaper in Milwaukee offers an in-depth look into this…more

Aluminum boat sales are up in April

Aluminum boats showed positive growth in April. Thirty-three percent of the early reporting states showed growth in the aluminum segment versus 13 percent of the states showing a jump in the popular fiberglass 14- to 30-foot segment. Fiberglass boat sales in the 14- to 30-foot segment were down 14 percent for the month. Aluminum boats…more

Boat sales down, but better than last year

Sales of all fiberglass boats were down 9.5 percent in March. Fiberglass boats in the 14- to 30-foot segment were down 13.8 percent for the month. Aluminum boats sales fell by 10.3 percent. PWC sales increased 10.5 percent. March retail sales continued to fall, but at a much slower rate than last year. Aluminum boat…more

Florida may cap taxes on high-end boats

A tax cap on high-end boats is included in a $193 million package of tax incentives passed by the Florida state Senate last week. A similar measure was also adopted by the House’s finance and tax council, the Miami Herald reports. The measure caps the sales tax on boats sold in Florida at $18,000, or…more

Small boats, PWC show sales growth

February sales data for all fiberglass boats was down 23.7 percent, though small boats and personal watercraft showed some growth. The following preliminary statistics include 28 early reporting states that represent about 67 percent of the national market. Only states that provide weekly or monthly information are included in this summary. Percentage of change is…more

Boat sales dip slows in fourth quarter

The fourth quarter of 2009 finished with a slower rate of decline in boat sales than the same period last year. The total fiberglass market for all lengths was down 21.9 percent on 9,718 units for the quarter. In the fiberglass 14-foot-and-up segment, sales decreased by 17.8 percent in the fourth quarter on 7,089 units. Sales…more

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