Boat sales slip in the second quarter


New-boat sales continued to post declines as seen in the final numbers for the second quarter of 2009. The total fiberglass market for all lengths was down 30.6 percent on 53,210 units for the quarter. Aluminum and personal watercraft volume decreased less than fiberglass.

In the fiberglass 14-foot-and-up segment, sales decreased by 34.4 percent in the second quarter on 29,162 units. Sales fell 39.7 percent in the 30-foot-and-up segment on 1,852 units.

Aluminum sales fell by 27.9 percent in the quarter. Unit volume was 31,839 units. Ski boat sales dropped 32.3 percent to 2,807 units. Pontoon sales declined 30 percent on 11,882 units. Deckboat sales were down 39.2 percent on sales of 2,277 units.

Sales in the PWC market dropped as well, to 19,395 units, showing a 27.7 percent decrease in the quarter. Jetboat sales also saw a decline in the quarter, falling 39.8 percent to 1,262 units.

These statistics are based on registration data from 48 states, or 99 percent of the U.S. boat market.

Saying that new-boat sales for the quarter were dismal would be an understatement. That being said, there were no surprises in the final numbers. Fortunately, July numbers in the preliminary states show lower declines in all segments moving into the third quarter.

— Aarn D. Rosen

National Marine Sales Manager

Statistical Surveys Inc.