Boat sales dip slows in fourth quarter

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The fourth quarter of 2009 finished with a slower rate of decline in boat sales than the same period last year. The total fiberglass market for all lengths was down 21.9 percent on 9,718 units for the quarter.

In the fiberglass 14-foot-and-up segment, sales decreased by 17.8 percent in the fourth quarter on 7,089 units. Sales fell 14.8 percent in the 30-foot and-up segment on 969 units.

Aluminum sales fell by 21.7percent in the quarter. Unit volume was 6,239units.

Pontoon sales declined 24.5 percent on 1,230 units. Ski/wake boat sales dropped 32.4 percent on sales of 466 units. Deckboat sales were down 27.5 percent on sales of 360 units. Jet boat sales dropped in the quarter 35.5 percent on 187 units.

The PWC market posted a decline of 34.3 percent on 1,890 units.

Fiberglass boats over 30 feet showed the lowest decline of all the boat segments as surplus inventory was purged from the market. The rest of the segments continued to reflect lackluster retail activity in the quarter.

Information is based on registration data from 49 states, or 99.5 percent of the U.S. boat market. Montana is not reporting because of data entry delays in the state.

— Aarn D. Rosen

National marine sales manager

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