Boat sales see boost in Spain

Recreational boat registrations in Spain increased nearly 13 percent from January to August.
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Recreational boat registrations in Spain increased nearly 13 percent from January to August as the recovery in Spain gains momentum after the 2014 crisis there.

Although not all segments of the industry have rebounded, the Spanish marine trade association ANEN issued a statement that confirms its confidence in the positive indicators for Spain’s recreational boating industry.

Jet skis, motorboats between 8 and 16 meters and charter boats led in sales growth. The rental market also exhibited strong growth, with a 39 percent increase through August. Between January and August, 474 charter boat licenses were issued — an increase of more than 30 percent from the same period in 2014.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association will participate in a forum at the upcoming Barcelona Boat Show to promote the U.S. boating industry.

“Even though the growth indicators are still modest, Spain continues to show positive signs that their industry is headed in the right direction. We are happy to represent our membership and our Made in America industry to ensure that our U.S. manufacturers remain front and center,” NMMA export development director Julie Balzano said in a statement.

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