Boat sales slowed in May

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Retail boat sales in May dropped relative to April, but segment declines continued to slow compared to the same month last year.

Many areas are seeing their markets recover, despite this month's overall decreased activity. The aluminum and PWC markets are outperforming fiberglass as the second quarter nears a close.

All fiberglass boat sales, including PWC, dropped 22.5 percent year-over-year for May, while fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-feet lengths fell 26.4 percent in the early reporting states for the same period.

Aluminum boats sales fell only 3.7percent in May. PWC sales decreased 16.2 percent in the month.

This report includes 29 early reporting states, which represent approximately 67 percent of the national market. These preliminary results help identify the prevailing retail trends in the 30-foot-and-under marine market segments for states that are currently able to report monthly or weekly.

— Aarn D. Rosen

national marine sales manager, Statistical Surveys Inc.