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Boating group forecasts summer waves in sales – Florida Times

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently announced that the recreational boating industry saw healthy growth in 2013, generating $36.7 billion in retail expenditures (new and pre-owned boats and engines, trailers, accessories and services), a 3.2 percent increase from 2012.

An estimated 166,800 new powerboats and sailboats were sold at retail in 2013, an increase of 2.2 percent, coming on the heels of the industry’s 2012 rebound when new powerboat and sailboat retail sales increased 10.7 percent — the industry’s first sign of recovery.

The NMMA is anticipating continued momentum with an additional 5-7 percent increase in retail sales of new boats in 2014.

The NMMA released these findings as part of its U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, an annual collection of data and analysis on the state of the U.S. recreational boating industry being released June 1.

“As the nation’s economic recovery matures and boating businesses prepare for summer, a peak selling season for recreational boats, accessories and services, we expect to see continued stable growth in sales,” noted NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “Following a year of inclement weather throughout the U.S. driving pent-up demand and Americans taking to the water in record numbers, the industry is primed for a busy selling season.”

Ski and wakeboard boats, as well as fiberglass and aluminum outboard boats, led the industry’s growth in 2013. Ski and wakeboard boats continue to grow in popularity, with an 11-percent increase in the number of new boats sold at retail in 2013 to 6,100 units; outboard boats (pontoons, fishing boats and small family cruisers) were the most popular type of new powerboat sold in 2013, comprising approximately 84 percent of the powerboat market and up 5 percent to 134,800 units.

Additionally, the personal watercraft (PWC) category increased 2 percent compared to 2012 with 39,400 new craft sold at retail; and inboard cruisers leapt in retail sales 10 percent compared to the previous year with 2,200 new units sold in 2013.

What’s more, 2013 was the first time since pre-recession (2009) that the ratio of pre-owned boat to new boat sales decreased, indicating a shift in consumer demand for new boats.

“In 2013, we saw more manufacturers producing innovative boats that offer an entry into the boating lifestyle at a variety of price points. A trend in boat manufacturing is the versatile boat — one that can pull tubers or wake boarders, be used for fishing outings, relaxing with the family or entertaining,” Dammrich said. “We’re seeing manufacturers shift their manufacturing processes, becoming leaner and more efficient, to be able to offer these innovative boats at a lower cost, in turn introducing more people to boating.

“Across the board, the boating industry recognizes the demand of the 88.5 million Americans who go boating and want to own a boat of their own and pass their water gene on to future generations.”

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Sailing: Webley's crew to tackle Round the Island Race

Sailing: Mark Webley’s crew to tackle Round the Island Race

By Andy Mitchell


MARK Webley’s five-strong squad will be among thousands of sailors – including Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie – from around the world to compete in this weekend’s iconic Round the Island Race.

The tenacious team, made up of members from Poole and Parkstone yacht clubs, will tackle the gruelling Isle of Wight-course for the seventh time hoping to make a splash in their new Bavaria Match 35 boat.

Webley, 52, who runs his own central heating and electrical engineering business, will be joined by Lido Badaway, Mike Lombard, Paul Craven and Scott McDonald for the event which is set to feature around 10,000 participants aboard more than 1,500 boats.

After preparing their vessel for what is regarded as the biggest race on the UK calendar, the quintet will be trying to better their best overall finish – 82nd in 2012 – as well as challenge for honours in the Bavaria Trophy.

“It’s a slightly bigger boat with greater racing capabilities so we are very hopeful of better race results,” said Webley. “The boat has had careful preparation over the past few weeks with a special sail trimming and advice from other local racing teams at Parkstone Yacht Club.”

With up to 200 boats beginning their voyage from the start line at any given time, there will be little margin for error, a fact not lost on Webley.

“I can only describe the start as being like the M25 at its worst,” he added. “There are boats of all descriptions everywhere and it is a nerve-wracking experience because you have sailors of varying abilities jostling for position in a very small space.

“It’s hard to predict what some will do but that all adds to the excitement and brings out your best. You have the likes of Ben Ainslie at the front of the fleet and, having everyone together in one big race, is a joy to be part of.

“Even when you get to the southerly tip at St Catherine’s Point, you look back and all you can see is more and more boats coming. It really is a sight to behold and a thrill that is hard to replicate.”

As well as competing, quadruple-Olympic champion Ainslie will present the prizes at the Island Sailing Club, Cowes from noon on Sunday.

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Rainy june means sunny outlook for summer boat show

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:13 pm

Rainy june means sunny outlook for summer boat show

By Community Reports

Houston Community Newspapers

The nation’s boat shows are often viewed as an economic indicator for the simple reason that when the economy is good, people have more disposable income, and they buy boats.

In Texas, drought conditions also impact boat sales, and the Houston boat dealers and exhibitors at the 27th Annual Houston Summer Boat Show — opening today at NRG Center — say local rainfall has been plentiful, and that translates into predicted healthy sales.

Houston Boat Show President Ken Lovell says, “While some Texas lakes are still below level, lakes in this region of the state are back where they should be. At the same time, Houston area boaters have so many choices – not only are there lakes within an hour of downtown, there are also bayous, rivers, the bay and the gulf. We are truly a one-of-a-kind city for recreational boaters.”

The Houston Summer Boat Show features the latest in nearly every type of recreational vessel—from pontoon and fishing boats to ski/wakeboarding boats and kayaks. More than 100 exhibits offer fishing gear, water sports accessories, electronics for boating, patio furniture, vacation getaways, clothing and jewelry.

In addition to the impressive display of boats, the Houston Summer Boat Show will have plenty of family-friendly activities, including the Bass Tub, a popular live fishing demonstration; Fish-O-Rama, a Boat Show tradition and a great way to catch a rainbow trout; Bubble Runners, a giant hamster ball for kids; and so much more for both adults and the littlest of boaters.

Show hours for the 2014 Houston Summer Boat Show are:

Today – Friday, June 18 — 20, 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 22, 11:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Only cash will be accepted at the ticket windows. The onsite ticket windows will open 30 minutes prior to show opening and close 30 minutes prior to show closing. Onsite parking at NRG Center is $10.00 per day. The first 50 children to enter the Houston Summer Boat Show each day will receive a free rod and reel.

For more information, go to the Houston Boat Show website at


Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:13 pm.

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PWCs, ski boats lead sales increases in May

Heather Brown
June 19, 2014
Filed under News

A peek at Info-Link’s May bellwether report shows a big upswing in PWC sales, a trend that began in January and has been moving up ever since.

May PWC sales for bellwether states grew nearly 20 percent year-over-year, following a 10 percent increase in April.

Keeping up with the PWC market are ski boats and outboard sportfishing boats, as bellwether states saw about a 20 percent increase in ski boat sales in May, and sportfishing boat sales growth was just under 20 percent.

In the 15-foot-plus outboard segment, sales were up just over 10 percent year-over-year, with numbers up slightly from the 10-percent plateau seen from September 2013 to February 2014. Sales of 15-foot-plus powerboats were up about 10 percent for bellwether states.

The stern drive/jet boat segment continues to be down year-over-year, with sales decreasing nearly 10 percent in May. However, the decreases are lessening from a nearly 15 percent drop in late 2013 and early 2014.

Info-Link’s data is based on new U.S. boat registrations. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat market (varies by market segment and time of year). To see full graphs, click here.

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