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Boat sales show gains in February

Posted on March 23rd, 2015
Written by Jack Atzinger


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Last February, amid a bitterly cold winter across much of the nation, the marine industry’s spring selling season opened with a single-digit sales slump.

This year, despite an equally harsh season that featured plenty of snow, the industry reversed its fortunes as sales rose 5.5 percent to 4,261 in the main powerboat segments and 3.8 percent industrywide to 5,928 in 27 states that represent 62 percent of the U.S. market, Statistical Surveys reported today.

A year earlier, sales were 5.3 percent lower in the main segments and 3.4 percent lower industrywide.

Winter boat shows have reported attendance gains and sizable numbers of visitors who were serious boat buyers and Statistical Surveys national marine sales manager Ryan Kloppe said improved sales results from those shows are starting to appear in the numbers from early-reporting states.

“It’s modest growth, but it’s growth, nonetheless,” he said. “The winter shows have had really good positive feedback and sales.”

Aluminum fishing boats were one of the strongest categories in the main segments; sales in the early-reporting states rose 9.8 percent to 1,320. Kloppe said fishing boats sell well in the early spring because anglers don’t like to wait to enjoy their hobby.

“Those guys are looking to buy in the spring and get out fishing right away,” he said.

Conversely, sales in categories usually associated with summer fun, such as personal watercraft, fared less well in February. Sales of PWC fell 4 percent to 745 and sales of ski boats dropped 6.4 percent to 161, although jet-boat sales rose by 19, or 18.4 percent, to 122.

Sales of aluminum pontoon boats and 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass boats, mainstays during the industry’s recovery from the Great Recession, enjoyed single-digit growth in February.

Pontoon sales rose 6.3 percent to 628 and sales of fiberglass outboards climbed an even higher 8.6 percent to 1,822.

The Coast Guard was up to date in its reports of documented vessels, providing a complete picture of sales in the cruiser and yacht segments. Sales of 31- to 40-foot cruisers fell by eight to 42, but sales of 41- to 62-foot yachts rose by five to 32 and sales of 63- to 99-foot custom and semicustom yachts rose by three to 17.

Florida was the sales leader, with 1,667, and all but one of the top 10-selling states was in the South or on the West Coast. After Florida, the leaders were Texas (1,193), North Carolina (357), Washington (294), South Carolina (289), Tennessee (269), Arkansas (262), California (232), Michigan (187) and Mississippi (138).

Sailboat sales rose by seven to 102.


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Boating season around the bend

CASTLETON — Dale Benway will tell you there’s only one place he is willing to buy a boat. He will tell you it’s because of the outstanding service, the attention to detail and the friendliness of the employees at family-owned Woodard Marine.

Over the weekend Benway attended the company’s annual spring boat show, which turned out to be a celebration of Woodard Marine’s emerald anniversary — 55 years in business.

The show was themed, “The Wizard of Oz,” where character Dorothy travels to the Emerald City. There was even a yellow carpet rolled out to imitate the Yellow Brick Road.

But at the end of the carpet, there was no wizard — only doughnuts from Jupiter Rising Bakery in Rutland. The treats are something Lauren Woodard-Splatte, daughter of owner Bob Woodard, said are almost as popular as the boats themselves.

During the boat show, Woodard-Splatte said that she hoped to sell 20 percent of the year’s overall sales in one weekend. That would mean selling about 20 to 30 boats, she said, adding that sales were on track reach that goal. And with about 1,000 people visiting the showroom she had plenty of opportunity to sell.

For customer Benway, the show is a yearly opportunity to see if his boat could use an upgrade. New products and accessories that replace last year’s outdated models are all on display.

“The thing is, you buy here, you get good service because it’s family owned,” he said. At one point, Benway said he had rust corroding his motor. The crew at Woodard repaired the damage for free.

“They don’t want bad publicity, because it’s based on the fact that I’ll tell my friends, you tell your friends,” he said.

Social media and radio advertisements are other keys to the show’s continuing success, Woodard-Splatte said. Along with those promotions, Woodard Marine also offers contests and rebates to bring people through the showroom door, including one promotion that awards a winner with a $550 voucher toward a boat purchase.

There are also yearly giveaways, discounts on boat rentals, free boat and stand-up paddle boat rentals. As a special prize this year, the company gave away a two-horsepower, four-stroke Honda outboard engine.

For the past 55 years Bob Woodard has owned the boat business. What started out as a small operation now spans across several locations scattered along shores of Lake Bomoseen. Woodard said business has always treated him pretty well, even during the years of economic recession.

“We knew (the recession) was going to happen, we had been through a couple of them,” Woodard said. “We knew the things we needed to do to make it sustainable, so we cut back on a number of things.”

With sales remaining strong, Woodard is optimistic. And coupled with his positive business outlook, the annual boat show is a fun way to gauge how the year will pan out, he said, along with reigning in a sizable chunk of Woodard Marine’s yearly capital.

“(The boat show) kicks off the season for us,” he said. “It sets the tone for what the year is going to be like.”

“Certainly, the warmer weather makes people walk out and enjoy looking at boats rather than sitting in their (time)share reading a book,” he said. “But the more people that come out and do so, the more indication that the economy is better. So far it’s looking good.”

Benway said what keeps him coming back is the company’s all-about-service attitude.

“You know, they’re friendly, they’re fair, and they help you out. So it’s not like a car dealership,” he said.

dan.colton@rutlandherald.com


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