Outboard boat retail sales increased 14.4 percent to $3.8 billion in 2015 from the previous year, once again led by pontoon boat sales as sterndrive boat sales continued to decline for the 10th consecutive year.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.
Cruising boat sales declined 4 percent in 2015 to 3,117, primarily because of a drop in sterndrive cruiser sales, which fell 12.4 percent to 917 from 2014.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the American Sportfishing Association’s government affairs committee and the Center for Coastal Conservation joined for a “Center Focus on Washington” during the American Boating Congress, which brought recreational boating stakeholders to Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for the industry.
On a rolling 12-month basis, U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 6 percent year over year through April.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some boating industry stakeholders coming off Capitol Hill after their visits with lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday told Trade Only Today they felt their voices were heard on topics such as ethanol, workforce development and deferred importation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attendance at the American Boating Congress increased by 20 percent — the largest jump in the event’s history — with a total of about 250 marine industry stakeholders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recognizing the immediacy of the issue, the Recreational Boating Leadership Council launched a special task force on Monday to organize and fuel the industry’s effort to combat boating’s workforce shortage.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association, producers of the Marine Accessories Pavilion at the upcoming International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, will host an “Anchors & Ales” networking event on July 14.
The workforce shortage is top of mind for many in the marine industry as boat dealerships have a 21.6 percent deficit between the number of employees they’ve budgeted for and those they actually employ.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is holding a webinar for those who are new to the American Boating Congress 1-2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.