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National Marine Manufacturers Association Expects Strong Boat Sales to Continue

With an estimated 250,000 boats to be sold in 2016, sales would grow between 6 and 7 percent this year with the continued rise in consumer confidence. The NMMA also expects dollar sales of recreational boats to rise between 10 and 11 percent from $8.4 billion. Additionally, they predict that the new Trump administration will largely help the U.S.-based marine industry to thrive and continue to grow. NNMA President Thom Dammrich stated “I think the new administration is going to be very good for boating. I think it’s going to be an administration that will be very friendly to recreation.”…

Growth Reported in Powerboat Sales

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has reported that new powerboat registrations are up 6.4 percent since last year. In addition to powerboat sales, the personal watercraft segment is up 7.1 percent, pontoon segment is up 9.7 percent, and saltwater fishing boat segment is up 7.8 percent, placing all three segments as high-volume growth leaders. 27 foot boats and larger experienced an increase of 11.4 percent. You want to get in on this continually growing industry and now is the perfect time! Please contact Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. for all of your boating needs. We offer yacht sales, service, insurance, financing, transport…

New Boats Debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016

The marine industry proved it’s continued developments in technology and boat design with the introduction of dozens of new boats, ranging from motor yachts, center consoles, and jet boats, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With its new 280CC-X, World Cat introduces its next generation of power catamarans, which combines improved aesthetics and advanced features with its proven performance to lure monohull consumers to the brand and design. “We don’t want to just compete against other catamaran companies,” said World Cat president Andrew Brown. “This boat is making a statement. We no longer want to be a niche. We…

Tips For Cold Weather Boating

The weather may have cooled off, but that doesn’t mean boaters should stay off the water! Here are some tips for cold weather boating, and staying stay and warm on the water. It may seem self-explanatory, but the phrase “dress for the water, not the weather” most definitely applies. Fabrics such as wool retain heat, even when wet. Also look into an insulated float coat, which will both keep you warm and serve as a life jacket if you end up in the water. Also on that note, water safety officials advise you to tread water to stay warm if…

August Boat Sales in Double Digit Gains

After a disappointing month for boat sales in July, numbers have turned up sharply in August, rising 12.5 percent to 10,292 in main powerboat segments and 11.8 percent to 17,411 industry wide. All of the industry’s high-volume segments rose by double digits in August, as the weather stayed warm throughout the month. “This is really positive for the selling season that we’re still seeing double-digit growth,” Statistical Surveys Director Ryan Kloppe said. The strong numbers in August pushed the sales gain for the year to 5.2 percent in the main segments and 4.9 percent industry-wide, closer to the 6 percent…

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New Law Requires Boaters to be Licensed Starting in 2018

When 2018 arrives California’s boaters will face one significant change: Anyone in the driver’s seat of a boat must carry a Vessel Operator Card. The card is similar to a driver’s license for vehicles, as boaters will be required to take an online course covering topics such as navigation and safety with an online exam at the end of the course. If the person passes he or she would be granted a Vessel Operator Card as they have completed the state’s basic education requirements to operate a boat. Technically the law requiring Vessel Operator Cards went into effect in 2015…

Boat Show Coming to Southern California in September

The debut in-water boat show has been scheduled for September 22nd-25th at the Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor and will replace the Lido Boat Show that was the original Southern California Boat Show. Boat show producer and marine magazine publisher Duncan McIntosh acknowledged the new show as “a great opportunity to do something over the top and really good at L.A. Harbor and make the show a much bigger event”. The show opens up another market for bigger boats and will be the first time a boat show has been held in the L.A. Harbor. More than 200…

Boat Sales Bounce Back With Gains in Summer!

Nothing brings more fun in the summer than a summer boat, and according to sales, plenty of Americans agree. With industry sales revving up again in June, double-digit gains have been seen in main powerboat sales and sales industry-wide climbed 10.2 percent. This rebound continued an unusual year for boat sales as a 20 percent gain was experienced in March and then sales fell nearly flat in the months of April and May. “The summer really popped in June,” Statistical Surveys sales director Ryan Kloppe said, noting unsteady May weather in parts of the country that may have deterred potential…

See What’s Biting Offshore in Southern California!

What are being described as jumbo, “fish of a lifetime” sized Bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna and yellowtail are being caught offshore in Southern California. The bluefin tuna continue to shock with regard to the size of the fish showing and sometimes biting. Catches ranged from 40 to 240 and up pounds, with some reports of bluefin breaking the 300-pound class. The yellowfin tuna have also been quality-sized fish running from 15 to 100 pounds. There are a lot of bluefin and yellowfin tuna on the offshore fishing grounds but the fish have continued in a pattern of behavior where…