Sailing industry reports solid growth in 2013

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Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, the sailing brands of Bonnier Corp.’s marine group, released their annual State of the Sailing Market report at the Miami International Boat Show.

More than 100 sailing industry leaders gathered Friday to hear publisher Sally Helme present key North American sailing industry statistics from last year.

Helme said 2013 was a positive year across the board for the sailing market, based on data collected from more than 200 sailboat builders, importers and bareboat charter companies.

According to the report, bareboat charters booked out of the North American market were up 15 percent from 2012, to 21,495 weeks, with strong gains for popular sailing destinations in the Caribbean and overseas.

North American sailboat imports saw a significant increase last year. They were up 55 percent for boats of more than 20 feet, compared with 2012.

Domestic production of sailboats larger than 20 feet also grew, rising 7 percent from the previous year. Multihulls composed 38 percent of imported sailboats and 20 percent of all sailboats built in North America.

Sailboats under 20 feet were the only category that was off, losing 16 percent in terms of units produced in the United States.

For the first time, the State of the Sailing Market report also included data on sales of brokerage sailboats in the United States, based on data supplied by Dominion Marine Media’s YachtWorld.

Member brokerages reported through SoldBoats.com that unit sales of brokerage sailboats were up 5 percent in 2013 from 2012.

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