The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through April 2018. Preliminary data shows that total new powerboat registrations were up 3.6 percent on a rolling 12-month, year-over-year basis (R12M YOY). The trade association said that multiple categories grew on both a R12M and R3M basis.
Cruisers, tow boats and outboard-propelled runabouts were up 8 to 9 percent R12M YOY. Sterndrive cruisers, personal watercraft, pontoons, yachts, saltwater fishing boats and freshwater fishing boats were up 3 to 4 percent R12M YOY. Registrations of larger boats 27’ and greater were up 11.9 percent R12M YOY. Growth was led by saltwater fishing boats, which were up 17.2 percent.