Boom in NH boat sales, following national trends


New Hampshire marinas are reaping the rewards of a nationwide boom in boat sales. Interest and boat purchases have increased since the start of the pandemic when vacation destinations changed to summer. Sales at Winni Marine in Laconia reflect the national phenomenon. Executive Director Julie Marsh said these sales have remained stable throughout last summer, winter and spring. “We have a lot more planned for the summer.” Marsh said people want to enjoy the Lake District. “They don’t travel and boating is a great socially distanced activity,” Marsh said. Meredith Marina, with orders coming in “non-stop”. sales records for the marina, ”said Williams. Supply meeting demand proved difficult for both marinas, in part due to a February ice storm in Texas. “Manufacturers have struggled to manufacture in COVID. Then at Texax there is a bit of a shortage of foam and resin,” said Winni Marine and Meredith Marina said they have more boats to come. They always have boat rentals available for those who wish to stay on the lakes as the temperatures soar.

New Hampshire marinas are reaping the rewards of a nationwide boom in boat sales.

Interest and boat purchases have increased since the start of the pandemic, when vacation destinations changed to summer.

Sales at Winni Marine in Laconia reflect the national phenomenon.

General manager Julie Marsh said these sales have remained stable throughout last summer, winter and spring.

“Usually at this time of year we should have around 150 inventory. Right now we have 2,” Marsh said. “We have a lot more planned for the summer.”

Marsh said people want to enjoy the Lake District.

“They don’t travel and boating is a great socially distanced activity,” Marsh said.

The same pattern is happening at Meredith Marina, with orders coming in “non-stop”.

Sales manager Travis Williams said there are only four boats left at the marina for 2021 and that he is focusing on next year’s inventory.

“I mean if the supply could meet the demand, I would break all sales records for the marina,” Williams said.

Supply meeting demand proved difficult for both marinas, in part due to a February ice storm in Texas.

“Manufacturers have struggled to manufacture in COVID. Then at Texax there is a bit of a shortage of foam and resin, ”said.

Winni Marine and Meredith Marina said they have more boats to come. They always have boat rentals available for those who wish to stay on the lakes as the temperatures soar.

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