Water-sports Boats drove 2018 growth

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Towboats and PWC dominated 2018 growth.

Towboats and PWC dominated 2018 growth.

Personal watercraft remained the most popular vessel for water sports in 2018, accounting for more than 43 percent of the retail market share, with sales rising 11 percent for the year.

PWC, pontoons and towboats accounted for 96.1 percent of the additional units sold in 2018. Towboat sales rose 11 percent, PWC were up 8 percent and pontoons grew 5 percent, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract.

Fishing boat sales continued to grow at a moderate rate, up 1 percent. Midsize inboard and sterndrive cruiser sales were flat in 2018, following two years of growth. Trailer sales were up 4 percent.


Fine-tuning the pontoon

The new Waketoon combines a pontoon and wakesurfing hull design. “It lets the older generation have their pontoon, but the kids can have fun,” said Jim Wolf, president of Avalon Manufacturing.