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As spring rolls around in northeast Indiana, boats are selling out faster than the lake ice melts on a hot afternoon. “If we build it, it sells, right now,” said Jeff Haradine, vice president of sales for Barletta Boat Co., which builds pontoon boats in Bristol, near Elkhart. On the dealer side, “If we put …

CLEVELAND, Ohio – If you thought the Cleveland Boat Show only concerns boats, you would be as wrong as a fish out of water. The 65th fair will take place from Thursday March 17 to Sunday March 20 at the International Exhibition Centre. The water exhibit is all about boating, fishing, paddling, education, entertainment, and …

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – Gasoline prices have had an effect on people at all levels, but are they influencing boat and RV sales? It’s the Sioux Empire Sportsman 2022 show and people from all over the area are gathering to buy different equipment such as RVs and boats. The question is, has …

Click to enlarge In 2020, as the world has shut down, many people have rediscovered the benefits of being outdoors. In the United States, outdoor offerings, from camping to road trips, have seen a dramatic increase in interest. During this wave, the sharing economy app GetMyBoat saw a wave of new interest. The app is …

CLEVELAND — The IX Center will once again welcome thousands of visitors for the 65th Cleveland Progressive Boat Show which runs March 17-20. The boat show was originally scheduled for January, but was rescheduled as cases increased due to the omicron variant. The focus on increasing entertainment and hands-on activities during the January show will …

Jason Dunovant For a second straight year, the Roanoke Valley Boat Show will not be coming to the Berglund Center later this month. This year, the reasons have less to do with COVID-19 and are more due to the continued shortage of new boats and watercraft available. “Nobody has enough inventory to put on a …

The New England Boat Show returns to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday with a new five-day format. Attendees are invited to celebrate the homecoming of this annual boating tradition by seeing and purchasing the most comprehensive selection of boats and equipment in New England, learning new skills and connecting with others. boating …

DULUTH — If you’re going to kick trailer tires and ogle the shiny new boats at the Duluth Sport Show next week, you won’t be alone. And the word is, you better hurry and choose the model you want, otherwise it may not arrive in time for summer fun. Boat sales continue to sizzle in …

DULUTH — If you’re going to kick trailer tires and ogle the shiny new boats at the Duluth Sport Show next week, you won’t be alone. And the word is, you better hurry and choose the model you want, otherwise it may not arrive in time for summer fun. Boat sales continue to sizzle in …

For a second straight year, the Roanoke Valley Boat Show will not be coming to the Berglund Center later this month. This year, the reasons have less to do with COVID-19 and are more due to the continued shortage of new boats and watercraft available. “Nobody has enough inventory to put on a show,” said …

The second-largest owner of marinas in the United States is acquiring the third-largest owner, creating new power in this niche real estate business as boat sales surge during the pandemic. Centerbridge Partners LP said it was paying about $400 million for Westrec Marinas, which the investment firm will absorb into its own Suntex Marinas. This …

This is a special feature of the Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS: a beach door lowers to transform it into a bathing platform. It’s just one of the cool high-tech designs on one of more than 100 boats of all types at the Javits Center for the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show. The show, which …

In 2020, Minnesota ranked fifth in the nation for boat and boating accessory sales, according to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). That year, Minnesotans purchased $1.1 billion worth of motorboats, engines, trailers and accessories. This marked a 14% increase over the previous year. North Carolina topped Minnesota with $1.2 billion in boat-related …

Job : January 20, 2022 / 12:08 PM EST / Update: January 20, 2022 / 7:19 p.m. EST File photo – Boat show and sale at Memorial Coliseum FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A winter tradition returns to Memorial Coliseum after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fort Wayne Boat Show & …

By Cheryl Costello Things in the world of boat shows haven’t been the same since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. From cancellations to location changes, supply chain challenges to out of stock, it’s an exciting time to shop for a boat. The Baltimore Progressive Boat Show is postponed to 2023, but some Upper Bay …

The New York Boat Show returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Courtesy of New York Boat Show/Mike Sheehan the progressiveNew York Boat Show returns to the Javits Center January 26-30, 2022, welcoming nautical novices, seasoned sailors and water lovers an all-access pass to dive into the nautical lifestyle. With more than 415,000 new …

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has announced that powerboat sales in 2021 are expected to exceed 300,000 units for the second year in a row. Late last year, industry data showed overall boat sales were estimated to be 4-6% below 2020 records and 7% above the five-year sales average. year. “Following record sales in 2020, …

Directory Portland Boat Show sets sail Wednesday for a five-day trip through the Portland Expo Center. The show continues to ride through the pandemic pandemonium and promises to be even better than the 2021 event, where boat dealers sold their (limited) salon inventory for the first time in 61 years. Now in its 62nd year, …

With over 2,000 miles of tidal coastline, plus miles of navigable rivers and great lakes, Florida is a boater’s paradise. It’s no wonder the Sunshine State has 985,005 registered ships, more than any other state. The pandemic-fueled surge in boat sales has fueled the marine industry since the spring of 2020. The only thing holding …

From January 27 to 30, take care of your worries at Northern State Boat Show for its 52nd year at the Greenville Convention Center. As in previous years, it will be about things that float, and the exhibition space is full with 22 boat dealers setting up shop. Anita Venable, spokesperson for the Greenville Convention …

Opportunities for purchasing winter boats on the bay will be a little different this year, following a post-pandemic reshuffle. The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show is postponed until January 2023, but a brand new show will launch this year at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Baltimore County. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced this …

HOMEWOOD, Calif .– Superior Boat Repair and Sales, operating out of Homewood High & Dry Marina on the west shore of Lake Tahoe during the summer and full time in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Has pledged to donate ‘a portion of all boat sales to the Tahoe Fund, a local nonprofit organization. “Giving back to our …

In January, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced that the Miami International Boat Show would return in 2022 to its former Miami Convention Center, which has since been redeveloped after a five-year stay in Virginia Key. For the most part, this news has been celebrated in the high performance marine industry and the consumer world. …

Optimism is the word that best sums up the attitude of most Alaskan salmon fishermen after a good season, according to people specializing in buying and selling licenses and boats. Most fishermen in the main areas got good catches and wharf prices were up from previous years. This drove up license prices, notably at the …

Booming boat sales and travel restrictions during the pandemic have resulted in long delays in accessing boat launches in the Sutherland Shire during peak periods. A report from Sutherland Shire Council staff said “this is showing up in several places across the county.” The report states that at Swallow Rock Boat Ramp, Grays Point, there …

The Wilmington Boat Show will cruise downtown on Friday and offer three days of information and activities at the Wilmington Convention Center. The show, which debuted in 2016, is operated by JBM & Associates, based in Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s Wilmington Boat Show is experiencing an “unprecedented” peak in boat sales over the past …

The Wilmington Boat Show will cruise downtown on Friday and offer three days of information and activities at the Wilmington Convention Center. The show, which debuted in 2016, is operated by JBM & Associates, based in Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s Wilmington Boat Show is riding an ‘unprecedented’ peak in boat sales over the past …

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According to organizers, the continued holiday boom and increased UK boat sales contributed to the success of the Southampton Boat Show 2021. Southampton Boat Show organizers believe increased interest in boating and sailing in the UK, driven primarily by travel restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a 2021 event ” healthy and positive …

A surge in boat sales due to COVID-19 restrictions on overseas travel has led many brokers in the UK to struggle to find inventory COVID-19 restrictions on overseas travel have led to a marked increase in sales of used and new boats in the UK, with many brokers struggling to find inventory to meet demand. …

Jeff Flock of FOX Business chats with Sailtime member John Palmer about the boating boom. More boaters than ever are going to the water this summer, and demand is being driven by new boat owners. Last year, the market for boat and marine product sales jumped to $ 47 billion, up 9% year-on-year, while it …

Marc Dorfman has been sailing for over 23 years. He is a licensed US Coast Guard captain and certified sailing instructor by the American Sailing Association. He moved from Los Angeles to Miami during the pandemic. “When COVID hit LA, they really shut down the city. And they stopped all the work I was doing …

Marc Dorfman has been sailing for over 23 years. He is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, SailTime Miami Captain, and American Sailing Association Certified Sailing Instructor. He moved from Los Angeles to Miami during the pandemic. “When COVID came to Los Angeles, they really shut down the city. And they stopped all the work …

Jeff Bezos isn’t the only one spending big on a new boat. Boat sales and rentals increased in 2020 as Americans sought out summer activities suitable for pandemics, and it doesn’t appear that interest has declined further this year. Charity Garey, co-owner of Lakeshore Marina in Chattanooga, Tennessee, told WRCB-TV that they were fully booked …

A new lakeside business is excited about the increase in the number of boaters on the lake. LAKE OZARK – As summer approaches, some Lake of the Ozarks businesses are gearing up to welcome more boaters. According to a 2020 to study of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, marine products and services peaked in 13 …

Use and sales of boats have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in long wait times for new ships and congested waterways that include Portage Lakes in Summit County. Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer Scott Stafford said the increase in aquatic activity, from boating to swimming, was evident in the Portage Lakes. “Last year …

By Keenan Willard, WRAL Eastern North Carolina reporter City of Morehead, North Carolina – North Carolina boat vendors are saying, more than ever, that people want to get out on the water since COVID-19 arrived in the state. It is to the point, they said, that they are struggling to keep up with demand. Industry …

It’s not often that the stars align for people in the boating industry, but Don MacKenzie, president of Boats Inc. in Niantic, says the stars are aligned now. “This industry very rarely benefits from it, but right now we are. We have low interest rates, low fuel prices and a 2.99% sales tax on boats,” …

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, …

BOAT usually means ‘bust another thousand,’ but boat buyers this year might not have that option. Sales in 2020 have been historically high, resulting in low inventory levels and increased delays. More than 320,000 boats were sold in 2020, reports Trade Surveys Only Today. Sales are a 12-year high, with industry segments reporting increases of …

Boat sales skyrocket during COVID-19 pandemic Update: 12:20 p.m. EDT April 7, 2021 Hide transcription Show transcript JENNFIER EAGAN OF THE NEWSCENTER 5 REPORTS FROM MARSHFIELD. >> IF YOU ARE THINKING ON TAKING A BOAT ON THE WATER THIS SUMMER, I HOPE YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE. >> THERE IS NOT A NEW BOAT ON THE …

Commodore Paul Astrella said the Squantum Yacht Club recruited their first new member of the season in February, months before membership calls generally started to arrive. At 3A Marine in Hingham, both new and used boats have already sold out for the season. The Marshfield Yacht Club is currently processing over 80 membership applications, and …

Boat purchases are booming in America amid the coronavirus pandemic, with 2020 sales peaking in 13 years, according to the National Association of Boat Manufacturers (NMMA). BOAT SALES FULL AFTER CORONAVIRUS CUT SUMMER PLANS Boating has been part of a renewed interest in outdoor recreation, as many Americans were locked up due to the coronavirus …

People see yachts during the Miami International Boat Show in Miami, Florida. Marco Bello | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Boat sales soared last year during the coronavirus pandemic, as more Americans turned to living in more flexible work environments that allowed people to spend more. time to enjoy the outdoors. Sales of boats, marine …

Photo: DAVID FERGUSON. (30094341) The event, which draws thousands of visitors to the port each May, has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nick Wood, owner of South Pier Marine, said despite this, 2021 will be “another good year” for the water sports industry. He added that …

As data continues to pour in from 2020, it is increasingly clear that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the American economy and culture in various ways. Among the sectors which recovered last year: boating. The trend has been seen both nationally and in Wisconsin, according to statistics released Jan. 15 by the National Marine Manufacturers …

Are you looking to get in the water in 2021? Better to hurry. WAYZATA, Minn. – The Minneapolis Convention Center is expected to be in full swing this week, with hundreds of boats on display for the Minneapolis Boat Show. But the global pandemic continues to fuel an increase in boat sales that is leaving …

the Stuart Boat Show 2021 open Friday with sunny skies and cool but comfortable temperatures. If it were another year, things at the Treasure Coast’s largest maritime trade show might look normal. Most of the time, they are. However, just as we learn with all other aspects of life as we know it, there are …

CHICAGO–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – With increased interest in outdoor recreation activities and ways to distance oneself, consumer demand for new boats has increased across the country in 2020. The National Association of Boat Manufacturers (NMMA), which represents North American manufacturers of pleasure craft, engines and marine accessories, reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in …

Drivers have pushed the Premier tritoons to their handling limits in recent testing. Photo: Premier Marine / Paul Zirbes Ask David Rothwell of Carefree Boat Sales what a difference it will make an extra 50 or 100 horsepower and he will read the book to you. In early December, Rothwell brought together outboard and propeller …

After a successful salmon fishing season through a pandemic and recovering markets, the value of Alaskan salmon licenses is rising in two regions while plummeting in others. License values ​​are calculated by the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission based on the average value of four license sales. One of the peaks is the flagship Bristol …

Boat rental operations in Maine saw a surge in demand this summer as more customers looked for ways to enjoy the outdoors without being around other people. “I’ve booked everything,” said Shane Ellis of Ellis Boat Co. in Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Ellis has a fleet of 10 cruising powerboats, ranging from 28 …

Highland Lakes Watercraft in Kingsland is one of several area boat retailers that have reported increased boat sales and rentals during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff photo by Alex Copeland Boat sales in Highland lakes are on the rise as holidaymakers turn to the water amid air travel restrictions and other hurdles from COVID-19. According to …

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the boating industry quickly suffered. The virus struck in the middle of the spring season, a prime time every year when first-time boaters begin to jump into the boating lifestyle, and a time when boat owners pull the trigger. their next purchase. In mid-April, sales plummeted and …

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has proposed to repeal the sales tax cut and the sales tax cap on all boat sales in the state. Additionally, Senator Vin Gopal introduced Senate Bill 2847, which would also repeal both. The NMMA strongly opposes both efforts and is actively working with stakeholders in the boating industry to …

LOS ANGELES – Jean d’Assonville has finally found the boat of his dreams – not easy in the midst of a pandemic. He bought a 50ft sailboat, one he hopes to take around the world, and sold his 28ft at a time when a hot market for just about anything that floats is making buyers’ …

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’re struggling to find a new or used boat these days, you’re not alone and you can blame it on the coronavirus pandemic. Boating is a great way to socially distance yourself in the middle of the ocean and is becoming so popular that boat factories are scrambling to catch up …

Meredith Punthrangkul, left, bought a boat in July because two summer vacations were canceled due to COVID-19. She appreciates the extra family time with her husband Michael, daughter Devon and son Thai that the boat has given them. Meredith Punthrangkul bought a boat in July because the vacations of two families of her husband Michael …

As many companies continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic, the boating industry has more than kept afloat. With the public health crisis canceling many summer plans including camps, sporting events and vacations, boat dealers are seeing a spike in interest from people wanting to get out on the water and distance themselves. socially safe. …

Ratings come from all around Chicago in the open air. FIELD NOTES WILD OF THE WEEK Emil Baumbach delivers his usual wonderful photo at the top, this time of a giant swallowtail in a Cook County forest preserve. “The largest butterfly in North America loves nectar plants, including this bee balm,” he wrote. Peggy Notebaert …

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about changes of all kinds in the way we live our lives. This includes vacations. A lot of people don’t want to take the plane, train or bus. This may be the reason for the surge in sales of recreational vehicles and boats. RV, peak boat sales amid pandemic Hear …

The data represents 27 states – approximately 45.91% of the U.S. boat market. Coast Guard information (documented vessels) is complete. If you have any questions, please contact Statistical Surveys, Inc. • Phone: (616) 281-9898 • Website: www.statisticalsurveys.com New boat registrations have fallen 12.1% year-to-date and 9.2% year-on-year in the main categories of motor boats, according …

WARWICK, RI (WPRI) – Rhode Island boat shop owners say they’ve seen a boom in business lately and that’s due, at least in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Farman, a yacht broker at Brewer Yacht Sales in Warwick, says sales of everything water-related, including boats, jet skis and yachts, have taken off since the …

Grace Marine in Le Claire, Iowa sells boats before they even arrive at the show. LE CLAIRE, Iowa — Boat sales are on the rise as the pandemic derails summer plans. A local dealer is so busy that it is difficult to keep the boats in stock. On the waterfront in Le Claire, Iowa Grace …

When the pandemic started, there was a race for toilet paper and bleach. Now that we are in the middle of summer, another product is flying off the shelves, or should I say marinas. The coronavirus has kept people from taking vacations, so families are spending that money on boats. According to the NMMA, new …

The owner of Brightside Wooden Boat Services has agreed to pay the city of Belgrade $ 20,000 in a deal that arose out of a three-year dispute over the nature of his business that went to the Supreme Court of state justice. Shawn Grant, in an enforcement action regarding unauthorized business activity at 24 Hulin …

Summer waters are wide open and more Americans than ever are heading to sea. Now that coronavirus-related boating restrictions have been lifted in all 50 states and the pandemic has canceled various summer plans, including camps, sporting events and vacations, the boating industry is seeing a spike in interest to get out on the water. …

Anyone who lives near the shores of the Chesapeake and its tributaries can’t help but notice it: boating is fun. Mid-bay boaters recently said Bay Bulletin that the local waters have been so busy, it feels like July 4th. With the coronavirus response limiting travel and activity, boat owners who typically don’t go out as …

Syracuse, NY – Boat dealers in central New York City are benefiting from a rising tide in sales, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Dealers say people who canceled travel plans this summer due to the pandemic are buying boats at an all-time high. Pool dealers reported a similar increase in sales. Bill Newcomb, owner of …

With double-digit unemployment and shelter-in-place restrictions keeping potential clients at home, Bay Area yacht broker Geli Burgin was certain 2020 would be a bad summer for the boat industry. And it started that way – in March, at the start of the shutdown, the Burgin Boat Dealer Group only had two vessels under contract. “We …

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Boat sales are up in Ohio and across the country as Americans seek socially distanced entertainment amid the threat of the coronavirus. On the peninsula, Buckeye Sports Center broke its April sales record by 90%, selling around 70 boats instead of an average of 38. And halfway through that month, it also …

HARBOR SPRINGS — A new generation will set sail at Irish Boat Shop, a marina and shipyard with a history dating back over 55 years. The company recently announced that its board has elected Susan Irish Stewart as chair of the board, a position in which she succeeds her father and Irish Boat Shop founder, …

The nine days Progressive New England Boat Show concluded Sunday, reporting an attendance of 50,726, down 2% from last year’s record of 51,725, but up 2% from the three-year average attendance of 49,728 . More so, the NMMA said exhibitors were reporting strong boat sales and positive conversations with attendees for the second year in …

Heading to the Duluth Boat Show next weekend and looking to buy a new boat? You are not alone. The National Marine Manufacturers Association estimates that boat shows in the United States generate about half of all boat sales each year. And those sales are expected to be strong in 2020, up 2% from 2019 …

Mark your calendar for Friday March 20. It’s the first day of spring, and the warm weather means Missouri’s boating season won’t be far away. And that means many Missourians will be looking for a new or used boat to enjoy the state’s many waterways. There are 289,854 registered boats in Missouri, and boating continues …

What is good news for boat builders is also good news for marine trailer builders. the National Association of Boat Manufacturers (NMMA) reports that when finalizing 2019 sales figures, retail sales of new powerboats are expected to remain in 2019 at around 280,000 units, the second highest total since 2007. The show season Busy winter …

CHICAGO–(COMMERCIAL THREAD)–The National Association of Boat Manufacturers (NMMA), representing North American manufacturers of pleasure craft, engines and marine accessories, today announced that when finalizing 2019 sales figures, retail sales of new powerboats Expected to remain in 2019 at around 280,000 units, the second highest total since 2007. The busy winter boat show season kicks off …

Hans Steiner, owner and co-founder of Hans’ Boat Works, stands in his backyard which currently stores around 120 boats. Steiner has been in the boating industry since he was young and has 38 years of experience in the industry. Photo by Frank Lopez published on July 17, 2019 – 13:15Written by Frank Lopez With rising …

In the first seven years after the Great Recession, Rick Dieterich discovered that his Mystic business, Springline Yacht Sales, was in trouble. But things started to improve in 2016, and then in 2018 he had a record turnover of $ 3.6 million. While 2019 isn’t even half over, it has made $ 3.9 million in …

CHICAGO–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – As the summer boating season kicks off this weekend, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced new data that shows unit sales of new powerboats in the United States have reached 276,000 in 2018, a 4% increase from 2017, the highest levels the U.S. boating industry has seen in 11 years. …

Atlanta-based OneWater Marine Holdings has acquired Caribee Boat Sales and Marina from Islamorada, Florida. Caribee has served the Florida Keys since 1947. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed. “We are delighted to welcome Caribee Boat Sales and Marina to the OneWater family of dealers,” said Austin Singleton, CEO of OneWater Marine. “Bill and his …

The 50-foot luxury yacht dominated the showroom floor, its glossy black hull masking three well-appointed bedrooms, mahogany cabinets and six televisions inside. The Galeon 500 Fly, weighing 55,000 pounds and listed at $1.6 million, is the largest and most expensive boat at the 2019 Houston Boat Show held this week at the NRG Center. Johnny …

A 110,000 square foot building that once housed the Sam’s Club in Waterford is being transformed into a boat sales, service and storage center. Comstock-based Tommy’s Michigan is moving into space at 495 Summit Dr. after acquiring Waterford-based boat dealership Skier’s Pier Inc. last month and forming Tommy’s Detroit LLC. Tommy’s is leasing the building …

After bottoming out in 2009 and 2010, new boat and equipment sales in Missouri have rebounded astonishingly, riding a wave of buying that likely set a record for new boat sales in the state. Last year. Sales of new boats fell below $200 million in Missouri at the height of the recession, but hit a …

After struggling during the Great Recession, boat sales are rising again in the United States and southern Nevada. Newly released data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and its 2016 Recreational Boating Statistical Summary indicate that the $36 billion U.S. boating industry is at its strongest. high after the recession. “The industry has grown 6% …

More than 100,000 manufacturers, retailers, brokers and buyers gathered in Miami for one of the largest boating industry events in the world. Each year, the Miami International Boat Show and the luxury Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach take place simultaneously. Showboat events feature thousands of personal watercraft and accompanying water accessories, all of …

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the start of a new year, the US boating industry estimates that 2014 will see a 5-7% increase in new motorboat sales with continued growth of another 5% in 2015, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). This is the third straight year of steady growth for the industry coming out of …

In response to declining sales, manufacturers began to place more emphasis on building boats only when dealers ordered them to reduce inventory. “Last year, dealer inventory was quite thin,” said association president Thom Dammrich. He added that they will likely increase inventory after a strong 2011. “This year I think there will probably be more …

Florida’s economy remains sluggish in many areas – foreclosures, home construction, job creation. But here’s a bright light: the state led the nation in boat sales in 2011. For most people, boats are the perfect purchase: they don’t need them. They want them. So when boats start to sell, it indicates that buyers are more …

After being hit by the financial crisis, the industry bottomed out last year when boat sales hit a record high of 137,000, a 55% drop from pre-2007 levels and a drop 14% compared to 2009. Expectations of a 10% increase in sales this year have been tempered by rising gasoline prices as well as economic …