Skip to main content

DataTracker: Asking prices rise for small boats

Click to enlarge.

Click to enlarge.

In our annual review of Boat Trader’s inventory of boats listed for sale, this year we compared average asking prices within different length ranges for the period Nov. 1, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014. There were two distinct trends, as reflected in the table above.

Among small boats, 24 feet and shorter, average prices increased, year over year. The biggest percentage jump was in the 10- to 14-foot size, but perhaps more telling was the $1,114 (4 percent) increase among 20- to 24-footers. Boats of this size are the most common listings on Boat Trader.

Larger boats were listed at slightly lower prices, with boats 25- to 39 feet long showing incremental decreases in average pricing. On both a percentage and an absolute basis, the decreases were much greater for boats over 40 feet.


Perfect Timing

With all the new boats sold recently, it’s inevitable that a good percentage will wind up on the used market. MRAA has launched a Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program to help dealers strengthen this profit center.

A Boatbuilder in Congress?

Robert Healey Jr., of Viking Yacht Co., is running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in New Jersey.

Monterey and Blackfin to Expand Operations

The company will add 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space to meet increased demand, creating 150 job opportunities.

Pettit Tuff Coat

NEW PRODUCT: Pettit Tuff Coat is a perfect solution for slippery surfaces on your boat or dock. Pettit Tuff Coat is a water-based, rubberized, non-skid coating that prevents slips and falls while looking great! Durable and resistant to chemicals and impact, Pettit Tuff Coat is long-lasting and gentle on bare feet and bikinis.

Aren’t We Great?

Beware of navel-gazing and taking too much credit for our industry’s recent successes.

MRAA Launches Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program

Working with two industry certification partners, the association created a program to help dealers “find greater confidence and profitability in their preowned business.”