NMMA reports 2016 increase in U.S. boat, engine and accesories sales

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Annual retail sales of new boats, engines and marine accessories in the United States totaled $17.9 billion in 2016, up 8.1 percent from 2015.

Outboard engine sales were up 7 percent, to 254,200 units; retail sales reached $2.3 billion, up 9.8 percent.

Aftermarket accessory sales totaled $6.4 billion, an increase of 8 percent, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which released its full 2016 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract this week.

U.S. expenditures on boats, engines, accessories and related costs totaled $36 billion in 2016, up 3.2 percent from 2015.

There were 11.9 million registered boats in the United States in 2016. Florida led all states in registrations, followed by Minnesota, Michigan, California and Wisconsin.

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