Monthly reports on sales of new, used and brokerage boats provide the industry with the information to understand its market and follow consumer trends and buying patterns.
Boat sales in June rose incrementally, with a 1.1 percent increase in the main powerboat segments and a 0.2 percent increase overall, according to data from Statistical Surveys, a Michigan firm that tracks new-boat registrations.
A wet, cool spring that blanketed much of the United States caused boat sales in some categories, such as pontoons, to lag this April, but other categories — including yachts, aluminum fishing boats and sailboats — showed strong improvement.
Far from slipping into a “lull,” as it did in 2016 after strong March sales, the U.S. recreational boating industry achieved moderate gains in April this year that included double-digit growth in the pontoon category.
Last year the recreational boating industry was celebrating its best March results since 2008 — sales gains of 21 percent in the main powerboat segments and 20 percent industrywide.
After higher-volume sales to begin the year, U.S. yacht brokers have reported slightly lower sales in recent months. Volume declined by 82 boats in April as sales slipped from 2,916 to 2,834, a 3 percent shift.
There were smiles on the faces of many brokers during the first quarter this year. After moderate gains in January and February, U.S. brokerage market volume eased slightly in March, but total volume for the three months was 3 percent higher than in 2016 at 5,709.
Center console models were the most viewed class on Boat Trader last year. Site visitors looked at listings for center consoles, new and used, about 12.7 million times, nearly double the 6.5 million times that boats in the No. 2 class, power cruisers, were viewed.
For the third year running, U.S. yacht brokers reached the end of December with fewer boats sold than the year before.