Last summer we reported in DataTracker a breakdown by price of the private-party boat listings on BoatTrader.com. All but about 10 percent of the 26,000 to 30,000 boats usually offered in a given year were in the price range below $95,000. More than half, as we reported at the time, were in the $10,000 to $40,000 range.
In January, with the year recently ended, we tracked the listings in the under-$95,000 range, comparing 2010 and 2011, and found that the total number of boats offered for sale declined 9 percent, to 27,273 in 2011, from 29,831 in 2010.
The biggest change came in the first half of the year, when listings were fewer by double-digit percentages each month. This could be a reflection of efforts people made to sell their boats at the end of the recession in 2010, but other factors no doubt played a role.
For the July-to-September summer period as a whole, the number of listings increased, compared with 2010, and there was a big surge in August. In the early fall, listings decreased again before they flattened in December, the time of year when the fewest new listings are posted at BoatTrader.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue.