The NMMA said the data show that total recreational marine expenditures reached a high of $36 billion in 2016.
Far from slipping into a “lull,” as it did in 2016 after strong March sales, the U.S. recreational boating industry achieved moderate gains in April this year that included double-digit growth in the pontoon category.
The U.S. boating industry is reporting some of its highest sales in a decade.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association said new sailboat retail sales totaled 6,500 units in 2016.
Lifted by Florida and Texas, the nation’s top two states for sales, the recreational boating industry achieved moderate growth in November that raised the year’s percentage sales gains to levels more in line with forecasts.