Skip to main content

Boat Sales and Fraud


With boatbuilders forecasting production backlogs lasting well into 2022, many buyers are turning to the preowned market. However, that market has been flooded with damaged, and in some cases stolen, boats, according to Grant Brooks, the founder and CEO of Boat History Report.

Brooks said in a statement that there has been a 123 percent spike in fraud since the Covid buying spree began. Boat History Report helps buyers avoid some of the potential pitfalls of buying a preowned boat, including hidden damage.

“Some possible explanations for the fraud include significant decline in available boats, leading to a greater sense of urgency in acquiring any boat that may be available,” Brooks said in the statement. “Additionally, as we continue with hurricane season, more and more hurricane-damaged boats are being picked up, cleaned up and put on the market quickly before a higher level of damage presents itself.”

Boat History Report has amassed 120 million unique records and more than 1.4 million “negative events” to inform buyers about potential boat purchases.

“Our service gives potential buyers an extra level of protection and peace of mind because we’re able to pull verified information from our database comprised of hundreds of public and private nationwide data sources,” Brooks said.



NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.


Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.


Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.


Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.


NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.


DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.


EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.


Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.