Boat sales drop in April

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Sales of fiberglass boats, aluminum boats and personal watercraft all fell in April as only three early reporting states showed sales growth for the month.

Sales of fiberglass boats in the 14- to 30-foot segment dropped 11.4 percent, compared with the same month a year earlier. Sales of aluminum boats fell 8.2 percent, and sales of personal watercraft tumbled 29.4 percent.

All of the statistics are year over year and they cover 29 early reporting states that represent about 67 percent of the national market. Only Texas, South Carolina and Alaska reported growth in boat sales for the month.

Some documented vessels are not included in the data because of entry delays at the Coast Guard. For that reason, the percentage of decline among fiberglass boats could be slightly overstated. Only states that currently provide weekly or monthly information are included in the report.

— Aarn Rosen

National Marine Sales Manager, Statistical Surveys Inc.

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