Despite a leap-year February that was 3 percent longer than the same month a year earlier, U.S. brokerage sales volume was incrementally weaker for the month at 1,607 boats, 3 percent fewer than the 1,655 that were sold last year.
Monthly reports on sales of brokerage boats help the industry understand the sizes and types of used vessels that consumers are buying and how long it takes to sell them.
U.S. brokerage sales began 2016 as they ended 2015, with numbers that were weaker than in the same month in the previous year.
The Florida Yacht Brokers Association elected a new president and new board members for 2016.
Online multiple listing service Yatco said it released its new Web Pro system.
Web-based brokerage contract management system YachtCloser said it added 113 new brokerage locations in 2015 and averaged more than 120 percent revenue growth from the previous year.
The year ended with U.S. yacht brokers in nearly the same place as in 2014.
The Yacht Brokers Association of America and the Yacht Broker Institute signed an agreement to mutually support broker education and professional certification.
Brokerage sales picked up in November, with U.S. brokers reporting 1,866 boats sold, a 6 percent gain from the same month last year.
After running ahead of the previous year’s monthly sales levels for four months, YachtWorld member brokers reported an October slowdown to SoldBoats, their proprietary database.
YachtWorld member brokerages reported improved results to SoldBoats.com, their proprietary database, for the fourth month in a row in September as sales rose 2 percent from the same month a year earlier to 2,473 boats.