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Boat registrations were up 1.5% in July in the main powerboat categories compared to July last year. Year-to-date registrations, however, were down 5.6% compared to the same period in 2018.

Registrations for all boats were up 1.6% for July, but down 4% year to date.

The comparison to July 2018 is difficult, however, since that month was up 10.7% over July 2017 in the main powerboat categories and 11.1% overall, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.

The aluminum fishing boat category posted its first registration gain in months, growing 1.9% year-over-year compared to July 2018, but was still down 10.7% year-to-date, according to preliminary SSI data gathered from 32 states, representing almost 74% of the U.S. market.

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