Preliminary data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association shows that new powerboat registrations were up 1.1 percent through June on a rolling 12-month, year-over-year basis, and down 1.3 percent on a rolling 3-month year-over-year basis.
“While we're down 2 percent year-to-date, year-over-year through June, and new powerboat sales weren’t as strong as we would’ve liked heading into the summer, that 2 percent decline is coming off a 10-year high in 2018,” said NMMA president Thom Dammrich in the NMMA newsletter, Currents. “We’re seeing a slight softening in sales of new aluminum-hulled powerboats, but demand for most categories remains healthy.”
Sales of new personal watercraft and saltwater fishing boats — each up 6 percent — led growth in the second quarter, accounting for nearly 40 percent of total new powerboat sales.
Freshwater fishing boat and pontoon sales have slowed through the second quarter following 2018 highs.