New powerboat registrations in January were up 2.9% in the main segments over January 2017, which had an increase of 9.5% over the previous year, according to new data released by Statistical Surveys Inc.

Registrations of outboard-powered fiberglass boats were up 4.5% to 1,917 units versus 1,834 last year; that was on top of a 6% increase last year, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) Sales Director Ryan Kloppe told Soundings Trade Only Today.

Though January is one among the three slowest months of the year, the upward momentum is positive, Kloppe said.

“There were a lot of positive remarks and attitudes at the winter shows,” Kloppe said. “I think you’re seeing some of the numbers from the shows looking positive, attendance-wise and sales-wise.”

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