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Sea change in boat sales

Boat Season

Boat Season

Wade Altman, left, test drives a Nitro Z8 bass boat for customer Ricky Tipton, of Lugoff, SC, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Marshall’s Marine in Lake City. The boat dealer is one of the few that has a six acre, on-site test lake.

Boat Season

Boat Season

Rigging manager Ken Mooris, right, talks with customer Marion Humphrey about a new motor he purchased on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Marshall’s Marine in Lake City.



Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 5:35 pm

Pee Dee dealers see sea change in boat sales

JOHN D. RUSSELL, Morning News

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Americans are taking their boats out in record numbers based on the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) most recent data.

It’s almost a guarantee that many of the nation’s 88 million boaters will be out this Memorial Day weekend.

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Top 10 states in new powerboat sales:

1. Florida: $1,931,420,221, up 14% from 2012.

2. Texas: $1,170,110,215, down 2.2% from 2012.

3. Michigan: $651,972,329, up 1% from 2012.

4. Delaware: $567,203,555, up 17.7% from 2012.

5. Minnesota: $554,465,991, up 0.2% from 2012.

6. New York: $547,940,162, up 1.8% from 2012.

7. Wisconsin: $516,344,257, down 0.5% from 2012.

8. North Carolina: $505,466,304, up 2.9% from 2012.

9. Louisiana: $475,670,309, down 5% from 2012.

10. California: $428,956,673, up 16.9% from 2012.

2004: $1,201,149,368

2005: $1,274,045,713

2006: $1,210,422,380

2007: $976,879,799

2008: $594,740,334

2009: $417,176,557

2010: $310,262,319

2011: $312,980,668

2012: $367,016,212 (a 17.3% increase over 2011)

2013: $446,255,560 (a 21.6% increase over 2012)

Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association


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