Statistical Surveys, a Michigan company that tracks new-boat registrations, provides monthly, quarterly and annual reports on boat sales from every state in the country.
Helped by strong sales in California, Louisiana and Georgia, sales of new recreational boats rose 6 percent industrywide in November.
Hurricane Irma limited sales of new recreational boats in Florida in September and that was a key factor as the industry’s third-quarter results were flat, compared with the same period in 2016.
The boating industry has seen good momentum in 2017, although some say spotty weather this summer and chaos in Washington caused a bit of a slowdown in the smaller and larger boat segments and that some buyers might be getting cautious, anticipating the next economic slowdown.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association said new sailboat retail sales totaled 6,500 units in 2016.