The recreational boating industry has had its most successful March in eight years with sales increasing 21.3 percent in all main segments and 19,9 percent industry-wide. With 15,246 boats sold in 28 states, 64 percent of the market was represented. The 15,246 boats sold this March is the highest sales record since March of 2008 with reported sales of 16,546 boats.
Main segments sales totaled 10,917, up from 8,999 in March of 2015, and all other categories saw double-digit gains. Small-to-midsize fiberglass boats were the industry’s top seller with sales of 4,008, a gain of 16.9 percent since last March, and aluminum pontoons were the top gainer in terms of percentage, increasing 28 percent to a sales total of 2,336 boats. Even the sterndrive category, which has historically struggled in the past few years, saw sales climb 17.5 percent to 718 boats. Sales of personal watercraft rose 25 percent to 2,393 and jet boat sales rose 29.2 percent to 301. Ski and wake boat sales climbed 29.4 percent to 467.
Florida led the nation with 2,999 sales, followed by Texas with 2,095, Michigan with 1,266, North Carolina at 1,060 and Alabama with 981 boats. The rest of the top 10 were South Carolina (600), New York (596), Washington (564), Ohio (559) and Arkansas (545). March sales were higher in each of the 10 states than in the same month last year.
With boat sales continuing to rise in numbers, there has never been a better time to buy a used boat!
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