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2019 U.S Boat Sales Exceed 2018 | 2020 to Remain Strong

2019 U.S Boat Sales Exceed 2018 | 2020 to Remain Strong


2019 U.S Boat Sales Reached Second Highest Volume in 12 Years
2020 to Remain Strong

This week the NMMA, representing North American recreational boat, engine, and marine accessory manufacturers, released their finalized numbers for retail unit sales of new powerboats for 2019. According to the report, 2019 U.S boat sales held steady throughout the year and saw a second all-time high. Retail units of new boats reached approximately 280,000 units. The U.S. sale of boats, marine products, and services in 2019 totaled $42 billion, up slightly from 2018. Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA president stated, “With approximately $42 billion per year in retail expenditures, boating is not only an economic driver but a unique vehicle for the kind of meaningful experiences consumers are seeking more and more of. Experiences that take you outdoors, bring together family and friends, and create lasting memories.”


2019 U.S Boat Sales by Category

Personal watercraft, wake-sport boats and cruiser categories continue to lead growth, and we saw an encouraging lift in pontoon and saltwater fishing boat sales in the second half of the year, according to the NMMA. New boats weren’t the only vessels selling at high numbers in 2019. The NMMA predicts about 975,000 pre-owned boats were sold in 2019.

U.S. Recreational Boating by the Numbers
Additional statistics on the industry’s size, makeup and demographics include:

  • Annual U.S. sales of boats, marine products and services are estimated to total $42 billion in 2019, up slightly from 2018.
  • Retail unit sales of new boats are estimated to have reached approximately 280,000 units in 2019, the second-highest level since 2007 and flat with 2018 totals.
  • Leading the nation in sales of new powerboat, engine, trailer, and accessories in 2018 were the following 10 states (2019 estimates available in the spring):
    1. Florida: $3.2 billion, up 8 percent from 2017
    2. Texas: $1.8 billion, up 9 percent from 2017
    3. Michigan: $1.1 billion, up 10 percent from 2017
    4. North Carolina: $914 million, up 9 percent from 2017
    5. Minnesota: $861 million, up 6 percent from 2017
    6. Wisconsin: $781 million, up 9 percent from 2017
    7. New York: $775 million, up 5 percent from 2017
    8. California: $765 million, up 6 percent from 2017
    9. Georgia: $680 million, up 8 percent from 2017
    10. South Carolina: $661 million, up 4 percent from 2017


2020 Projection

Looking towards 2020, the NMMA is confident the market will remain strong. Economic indicators such as consumer spending remain strong, putting the boating industry in a good position. With the busy winter boat show season coming up, boat sales are projected to increase as much as two percent in 2020. Based on association evaluations, boat shows can generate 50 percent or more of annual sales for exhibiting dealers and manufacturers. Shoppers that attend these seasonal boat shows can expect to find amazing deals on different boat models and different dealers in one location. Whether you’re looking to buy a brand new sportfish yachtcenter console boat, or pre-owned yacht, there is no better way to see all the latest and greatest products on the market than to attend a boat show.

Cited: NMMA

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