Sailboat sales drop 25 percent in 2015

Sailboat sales declined 25.3 percent in 2015, returning to 2013 levels.
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Sailboat sales declined 25.3 percent in 2015, returning to 2013 levels after seeing a spike in 2014, when new sales rose 33.9 percent.

Corresponding retail sales were down 24.2 percent and totaled $195.3 million. The average retail price of a sailboat rose 1.5 percent, to $34,876, in 2015, according to new data released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The bulk of sales last year were in the 12- to 19-foot range, followed by 11 feet and smaller.

The data are part of the NMMA’s 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which is being released in a new format.

The second section of the report, Sailboat Sales Trends from 2004-2015, is available for download for NMMA members.

Below is the release schedule for all data sections in the 2015 Statistical Abstract:

March: Outboard Engine Sales Trends; Sailboat Sales Trends

• April: Pre-owned Boat Market; International Exports/Imports

• May: Cruiser, Watersport and Offshore Fishing Boat Sales Trends; Powerboat Sales Trends; Total Industry Sales by Category and State

• July: Total Boat Registrations

• August: Full Report

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