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NMMA: Used-boat sales climbed in 2015

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said estimated sales of used boats totaled $9 billion last year, up 1.9 percent in units and 3.4 percent in dollars from 2014.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said estimated sales of used boats totaled $9 billion last year, up 1.9 percent in units and 3.4 percent in dollars from 2014.

The figures are in the third section report of the NMMA’s 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract; the report is titled Pre-owned Boat Market 2004-2015.

The abstract, which contains thousands of data points and insights about the boating industry, features a new format and schedule. Each section is released individually as the statistics are available to members.

Among the report’s other highlights: Unit sales of used boats were up in all categories in 2015 except jetboats, which were down 1.6 percent, compared with 2014; traditional powerboats (outboard-, sterndrive-, inboard- or jet-propelled) accounted for 84 percent of total used boat unit sales and were up 2.1 percent in 2015; and pre-owned inboard ski/wakeboard boats accounted for 2 percent of total pre-owned boat unit sales and gained the most ground in 2015, up 9.8 percent in units and 15.8 percent in dollars.

For information about the boats that are selling in the used market, how many are sold and what their market value was, members can see the complete report here.

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