Buoyed by a strong November, the recreational boating industry got the holiday present it wanted — a second consecutive month of double-digit sales gains in December, traditionally one of the slowest months of the year.
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 showed surprising strength in November, rising by double digits in the main powerboat segments and industrywide during what is traditionally one of the industry’s slowest months of the year.
Summer fun craft — jetboats and personal watercraft — were big sellers during the third quarter as the recreational boating industry sold 10.5 percent more boats than it did the previous year.
New Jersey has passed a law that will cut the amount of taxes paid on new boats in half.
A late spring and a summer that lingered helped the recreational boating industry to post strong September sales this year for the third year in a row.
Sales of fiberglass outboards, pontoon boats and personal watercraft surged in August, giving the recreational boat industry its highest percentage gains of the year.
Recreational boat sales rose 4 percent in the second quarter, led by the aluminum pontoon and personal watercraft categories — the only ones in which sales topped 20,000.
Recreational boat registrations in Spain increased nearly 13 percent from January to August as the recovery in Spain gains momentum after the 2014 crisis there.
Traditional summer fun boats — jetboats, ski boats and personal watercraft — had their day in the sun in July, leading the recreational boat industry to an industrywide sales gain of 5 percent.
Dropping homeownership is leaving millions of Americans stuck in rental housing — a trend that some say has big implications for the marine industry.