Boat sales were up 2.5% in February for the main powerboat segments and up 1.1% across all categories, , according to Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) data from 28 early reporting states.

Soundings Trade Only reported that pontoons and ski and wake boats continued their ascent in February — a month that accounts for less than 3% of annual boat sales — with 10.8% and 11.6% year-over-year growth, respectively.

“The pontoons aren’t going anywhere, the segment continues to see growth,” said SSI sales director Ryan Kloppe. “These are usually popular in the cold-weather states; pontoons usually thrive up in the Midwest, but now we’re seeing them expand in California, Texas and Florida.”

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