Led by aluminum pontoon and outboard fiberglass boats, ski and wake boats and jetboats, sales of new recreational boats had their best percentage gains in three months in August.
Soundings Trade Only reported that sales in the main powerboat segments rose 3.5%, to 10,239, and industrywide sales climbed 2.5%, to 17,454, in 28 states that represent about 58% of the U.S. market, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Pontoon sales rose the most — 8.9%, or 228, to 2,789 — and sales of 11- to 50-foot outboard fiberglass boats increased by 2.9%, or 101, to 3,640. Aluminum fishing boat sales also increased, but by only 0.9%, or 19 boats, to 2,225.
“What you see is moderate growth year over year,” Statistical Surveys Sales Director Ryan Kloppe said. “Some of these segments are really excelling, really just thriving.”
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