Sales of powerboats in the main segments grew 6.8% in the fourth quarter of 2017 in all 50 states, and 5.2% in 2017, according to new data released by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).

Soundings Trade Only reported there were 273,251 total units sold on a 12-month rolling basis in 2017, with 179,859 in the main powerboat segments including pontoon, aluminum fish, outboard-powered fiberglass boats, sterndrive and inboard fiberglass boats, yachts, cruisers and tow boats.

“This is our strongest year since 2008 with unit counts when 279,692 vessels were sold,” said SSI Sales Director Ryan Kloppe. “The industry touted early last year it thought it would grow 4% to 6%, and we’re right in that alleyway. It’s a good strong closing quarter.”

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