Small boats, PWC show sales growth

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February sales data for all fiberglass boats was down 23.7 percent, though small boats and personal watercraft showed some growth.

The following preliminary statistics include 28 early reporting states that represent about 67 percent of the national market. Only states that provide weekly or monthly information are included in this summary.

Percentage of change is presented on a calendar year basis to reflect actual results. The Coast Guard Documented Vessels file was complete for the period.

Fiberglass boats in the 14- to 30-foot segment were down 28.9 percent for February. Aluminum boats sales fell 25.6 percent for the month. PWC sales increased 5.3 percent.

Overall retail activity continues to remain sluggish moving into March.

- Aarn D. Rosen

National Marine Sales Manager

Statistical Surveys

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