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Sales of fiberglass boats drop in July

Sales of all fiberglass boats, including personal watercraft, fell 5.2 percent in July in 27 early reporting states.

Sales totaled 10,327 boats, down from 10,895 in July of last year. Reports of sales of documented vessels were incomplete for the month, so the decline could prove to be overstated when final figures are compiled.

Sales of fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-foot segment fell 2 percent for the month on sales of 4,754 boats, compared with 4,852 in the same month last year.

Sales of aluminum boats rose 4.8 percent in July. A total of 5,866 boats were sold, compared with 5,600 in July of last year.

Sales of personal watercraft fell 5.3 percent, to 4,725 units, compared with 4,990 last year.

Aluminum-boat sales volume remained firm in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions. Michigan, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and California showed significant sales gains in the aluminum pontoon category.

In the 14- to 30-foot fiberglass segment, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia had double-digit percentage increases in sales.

The early reporting states represent about 66 percent of the national market. Only states that provide weekly or monthly sales data are included. Final second-quarter numbers will be released by mid-September, when information from states that report on a quarterly basis becomes available.

— Aarn D. Rosen

National Marine Sales Manager

Statistical Surveys Inc.

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