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Woman driving scooter dies after being struck by duck boat

A 29-year-old woman was killed Saturday after the motor scooter she was operating collided with a duck boat as both vehicles turned onto Beacon Street adjacent to the Boston Common, said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

The woman, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital, Evans said. A man who was on the scooter with her was not seriously injured, he said.


No one else was hurt in the collision, Evans said.

Evans said the motor scooter and duck boat made contact around 11:30 a.m. as they both took a right off Charles Street onto Beacon Street, headed toward the State House.

“It looks like the bike got caught under his left front wheel,” Evans said. “It looks like a terrible tragedy.”

The man on the scooter that was struck was seated behind the woman and both were wearing helmets, he said.

“The poor young lady looked like she sustained more serious injuries to her body,” Evans said.


Bob Schwartz, director of marketing and sales for Boston Duck Tours, said the driver “has been with the company for years and has a great safety record.”

Boston Duck Tours, which has been operating for 23 years, was never involved in a fatal accident before Saturday, Schwartz said.

In July 2010, a duck boat lost control of its brakes and crashed into several vehicles at Charles Circle and Storrow Drive, resulting in five people being treated for minor injuries.

That crash occurred two weeks after a Duck Boat stalled in the Delaware River in Philadelphia, and was struck by a city-owned barge. Thirty-seven people were sent into the water, and two Hungarian tourists were killed. The families of the tourists later received a $15 million settlement. In 2015, four international students were killed when a duck boat collided with a charter bus on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle.

On Beacon Hill, the scooter remained pinned under the Duck Boat’s driver side front tire Saturday afternoon as investigators surrounded the vehicle. A woman’s shoe and two helmets sat in the street, one behind the the duck boat and the other next to the vehicle. Officers put evidence markers down in the road.

There were 26 to 28 passengers aboard the duck boat when the crash occurred, Evans said. The passengers were loaded onto another duck boat after the crash and driven to police department’s homicide unit for questioning, the police commissioner said.

The driver was also escorted from the scene to be interviewed, Evans said.

“We’ll have to determine whether criminal charges have to be taken out against the operator,” he said.

A Boston police officer working on a detail was nearby when the collision occurred and rushed to the scene, Evans said.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Investigators were at the scene after a duck boat struck a motor scooter. The woman who was driving the scooter later died.

Laura Crimaldi can be reached at Globe correspondent Mackenzie Grady contributed to this report.

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Brunswick sales up 9 percent in 2016 Q1

Brunswick Corp. grew sales in the first quarter of the year, reporting growth in both boat and engine sales.

Brunswick reported results for the first quarter of 2016 on Thursday:

  • Consolidated net sales increased 9 percent versus first quarter 2015; 10 percent growth on a constant currency basis; excluding the impact of acquisitions, sales on a constant currency basis increased 6 percent.
  • Adjusted operating earnings increased by 13 percent from 2015. On a GAAP basis, operating earnings increased by 8 percent.
  • Diluted EPS, as adjusted of $0.71, a $0.12 increase compared to prior year. On a GAAP basis, diluted EPS of $0.68 increased by 15 percent.

“Our reported first quarter revenues increased by 9 percent, or 10 percent on a constant currency basis,” said Brunswick Chairman and CEO Mark Schwabero. “Our top line reflected strong growth rates in our fiberglass outboard boats and marine parts and accessories businesses. This growth was supplemented by another solid performance in outboard engines, as well as benefits from our acquisition strategy.

“Our performance in the first quarter reflected continued successful execution of our growth strategy, including our focus on product leadership and the associated market share gains,” Schwabero continued. “Although it is still early in the marine season, initial marine market data indicates a healthy U.S. marketplace, which is consistent with our assumptions entering the year. Demand in non-U.S. markets remains mixed and we continue to closely monitor and plan to manage through any challenging conditions.”

First Quarter Results

For the first quarter of 2016, the company reported net sales of $1,070.3 million, up from $985.7 million a year earlier. For the quarter, the company reported operating earnings of $96.0 million, which included $3.8 million of restructuring and integration charges related to the Cybex acquisition. In the first quarter of 2015, the company had operating earnings of $88.7 million. For the first quarter of 2016, Brunswick reported net earnings of $63.2 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $56.6 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015. Diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2016 included $0.03 per diluted share of restructuring and integration charges.

Marine engine segment

The Marine Engine segment, consisting of the Mercury Marine Group, including the marine parts and accessories businesses, reported net sales of $595.5 million in the first quarter of 2016, up 6 percent from $562.2 million in the first quarter of 2015.

International sales, which represented 33 percent of total segment sales in the quarter, were up 8 percent compared to the prior year period. On a constant currency basis, international sales were up 14 percent. For the quarter, the Marine Engine segment reported operating earnings of $78.3 million. This compares with operating earnings of $74.2 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Sales increases in the quarter were led by the segment’s parts and accessories businesses, which included revenues from acquisitions completed in the second and fourth quarters of 2015, and Mercury’s outboard engine business, partially offset by declines in the sterndrive engine business. Higher revenues, cost reductions and a favorable product mix contributed to the increase in operating earnings in the first quarter of 2016. Partially offsetting these positive factors were planned increases in growth investments and the unfavorable impact from foreign exchange.

Boat segment

The boat segment is comprised of the Brunswick Boat Group, and includes 14 boat brands. The boat segment reported net sales of $336.8 million for the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 6 percent compared with $318.0 million in the first quarter of 2015.

International sales, which represented 25 percent of total segment sales in the quarter, decreased by 12 percent compared to the prior year period. On a constant currency basis, international sales were down 9 percent. For the first quarter of 2016, the boat segment reported operating earnings of $16.4 million. This compares with operating earnings of $7.7 million in the first quarter of 2015.

The boat segment’s increased revenue reflected strong growth in fiberglass outboard boats and modest increases in sterndrive/inboard boats, partially offset by slight declines in aluminum boats. Operating earnings benefited from higher sales, a favorable product mix and lower commodity costs and savings from sourcing initiatives.

2016 outlook

“Our outlook for 2016 continues to be generally consistent with our three-year strategic plan and reflects another year of outstanding earnings growth, with excellent cash flow generation,” said Schwabero. “We believe we are well-positioned to generate strong sales and adjusted earnings per share growth of mid-to-high teen percent in 2016 and beyond.

“We expect our businesses’ top-line performance will benefit from the continuation of solid market growth in the U.S. and Europe and the success of our new products, partially offset by weakness in certain other international markets and the negative impact of a stronger U.S. dollar. As a result, our plan, including the Cybex acquisition completed on Jan. 20, 2016, reflects expected revenue growth rates in 2016 to be in the range of 9 to 11 percent, absent any significant changes in our global macroeconomic assumptions. In total, acquisitions are expected to account for about 5 percent of 2016’s projected growth, reflecting the impact of completed transactions.

“For the full-year, we anticipate a slight improvement in both gross margins and operating margins, as we plan to continue benefiting from volume leverage, cost reductions and savings related to sourcing initiatives and modest positive product mix factors, partially offset by incremental investments to support growth as well as foreign currency headwinds. Operating expenses are estimated to increase in 2016; however, on a percentage of sales basis, are expected to be at slightly lower levels than 2015,” Schwabero said.

“We are narrowing the range for our full-year expectations of diluted EPS, as adjusted, from $3.35 to $3.50 to a range of $3.40 to $3.50. Finally, for 2016, we expect to generate positive free cash flow in excess of $200 million,” Schwabero concluded.

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Open House and Boat Show in Naples

Saturday, May 14, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 15, 2016 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Boat Show Open House, 32 Moose Landing Trail, Naples, Maine

For more information: 207-693-6264 (MLM) | 207-846-9050 (YBY); |

NAPLES  — Moose Landing Marina and Yarmouth Boat Yard will host a combined Boat Show and Open House 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at the Moose Landing Marina sales office, 32 Moose Landing Marina Trail in Naples. On display will be a large selection of top manufacturer boat brands including pontoon to sports and cruising to fishing models. Attendees can enjoy in the water demonstrations, refreshments, and take advantage of extended warranty incentives and low rate financing on-site with fast approval.

Moose Landing Marina and Yarmouth Boat Yard will be offering the biggest discounts of the season, trade-ins welcome, get first pick of new boat stock arrivals, and enter to win raffle prizes.

While at the Boat Show and Open House, tour the facility and see all the amenities Moose Landing Marina provides. For customer convenience we offer several storage options — indoors cold or heated or outdoors, as well as parking, parts and service center, retail shop, club house, slips, electricity, and rentals. Take this opportunity to also learn more about Yarmouth Boat Yard and its outstanding marina offerings.

Moose Landing Marina and Yarmouth Boat Yard offer exceptional boat-buying experience to consumers that doesn’t end after the sale. We want our customers to be with us for life and to grow their knowledge and love of boating for further enjoyment.

Please join us May 14–15 for this combined event and purchase the boat you and your family can start enjoying this year.

About Moose Landing Marina:

Moose Landing Marina is a full service marina located at 32 Moose Landing Trail, Naples, Maine 04055. Offering boat sales, new and pre-enjoyed, slips, parts, service, rentals, and is the highest volume quality boat dealer in Maine and the largest pontoon and deck boat dealer in New England. For more information on Moose Landing Marina, visit our website at or call 207-693-6264.

About Yarmouth Boat Yard:

Yarmouth Boat Yard is a full service marina located at 72 Lafayette Street, Yarmouth, Maine 04096. Offering boat sales, new and pre-enjoyed, slips, parts, service, rentals, fiberglass and paint shop, and storage. For more information on Yarmouth Boat Yard, visit our website at or call 207-846-9050.

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It’s high tide for attendance, sales at Southeast US boat show – Florida Times

The Southeast US Boat Show and Oyster Jam Music Festival, which featured boats, beers, prizes and entertainment at Metropolitan Park and Marina, enjoyed a spike in attendance and sales.

That’s the consensus after the 20th annual show ended its three-day run last Sunday.

Although the final figures weren’t available at press time, Jimmy Hill, owner of Current Productions in Atlantic Beach and the show’s founder and producer, said the turnout was great.

“We had more people through the gates than we’ve had in a while,” he said. “It was the best it’s
been in a few years, actually.”

Hundreds of watercrafts, from jet skis to yachts, were on display in the water and on dry land for Northeast Florida residents to browse and purchase.

Although the forecast threatened rain on Saturday, the weather held out for most of the day with overcast skies. Sunday brought clear skies and sunshine.

Hill attributes cooperative weather and a rise in the economy to the success of the weekend.

“The good news is there’s a lot of new entry level boaters that are getting into boating,” he said. “We also saw a return of some of the bigger boats selling, too. It looks like across the board, the market is recovering.”

Boat show veteran George Cassel, owner of North Florida Yacht Sales, agreed sales were up this year.

“We had a great day yesterday, and we actually sold a few boats Friday,’’ Cassel said on Sunday.

Although Friday is a notoriously slow day for the show, Cassel said overcast weather on Saturday didn’t hurt overall sales.

“Bad weather brings out the serous boat buyers,” he said.

Over the weekend, Cassel had a mix of boats on display because “buyers were interested in a little bit of everything.” He added that fishing boats are always popular.

“We’ve done quite well with Monterey sport boats because it’s the No. 1-selling sport boat in Jacksonville,’’ Cassel said.

Brett Cannon, co-owner of Atlantic Coast Marine and Jacksonville Boat Sales with father Carl, confirmed that the weather didn’t impact sales.

“Sales have been good,” he said on Sunday. “Friday was slow, but Saturday and Sunday have been good.”

As of Sunday afternoon, the Cannons’ dealerships saw about equal sales from its brands, and the duo was excited to finish out the weekend.

At the event, attendees weaved through vendors and boats to reach the Oyster Jam — a festival within the show that featured live music, competitions, food and drinks.

Alisha Ingram, first-time event-goer, said she came to the festival for the food and fun.

Before the shuck’n contest kicked off at 1 p.m., the festival featured an oyster cook-off with four local chefs competing for a chance to win $300. First-time entrant Chef Xclusive, owner of Intimate Catering Moments, won the competition with her pineapple jerk oysters topped with a tropical salsa. The event also included live music from 15 bands over the course of two days, as well as bikini contest, stand-up paddle board race and cornhole competition.

According to Hill, the Oyster Jam is playing a big role in bringing in new boaters.

“People come out to the show really intending to get a beer and oysters, and realize recreational boating is a great way to spend the summer,” he said. “So, they become recreational boaters, which is the best way to enjoy Florida.”

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Boat sales in March reach best mark since 2008

Posted on April 20th, 2016
Written by Jack Atzinger

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Buoyed by successful winter shows and good early spring weather, the recreational boating industry had its best March in eight years as sales soared 21.3 percent in the main segments and 19.9 percent industrywide.

Statistical Surveys said today that 15,246 boats were sold in 28 states that represent 64 percent of the national market, the most since 16,546 were sold in the early-reporting states in March 2008 before the start of the Great Recession.

“We heard some rumblings that this was coming down the pike,” Statistical Surveys sales director Ryan Kloppe said, noting upbeat anecdotal reports from boat manufacturers that he met at winter boat shows. “We were ready to see these kinds of numbers.

Main segments sales totaled 10,917, up from 8,999 in March 2015, and every category in the group had double-digit gains.

Small-to-midsize fiberglass boats were the industry’s top seller with 4,008, a gain of 16.9 percent, and aluminum pontoons were the top gainer percentagewise, rising 28 percent to 2,336 boats.

“Pontoons are still driving a large portion of the boat business,” Kloppe said.

Even the sterndrive category, which has struggled in recent years, saw sales climb 17.5 percent to 718 boats. Kloppe said sterndrive sales were showing indications of a turnaround late last year.

“Now we’re seeing a little bit of it,” he said.

Sales of aluminum fishing boats climbed 22.2 percent to 3,195.

Florida led the nation with 2,999 sales, followed by Texas (2,095), Michigan (1,266), North Carolina (1,060) and Alabama (981).

The rest of the top 10 were South Carolina (600), New York (596), Washington (564), Ohio (559) and Arkansas (545). March sales were higher in each of the 10 states than in the same month last year.

The Coast Guard was up to date in its reports on documented vessels, providing complete figures in the bigger-boat categories. Sales of 31- to 40-foot cruisers rose by 11 to 105. Sales of 41- to 65-foot yachts rose by 19 to 74, and sales of 66-foot and larger semicustom and custom yachts rose by two to 14.

Sales of personal watercraft rose 25 percent to 2,393 and jetboat sales rose 29.2 percent to 301. Ski and wake boat sales climbed 29.4 percent to 467.

Sailboat sales fell by five to 156.

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NMMA report touts positive trends for boat sales

Posted on April 26th, 2016

Retail sales of nearly all powerboat categories are growing on both an annual and quarterly basis, with the exception of sterndrive boats, and powerboat sales were up 6.8 percent in 2015, compared with the previous year.

That’s according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which has released its first-quarter data dashboard, a report that provides insight on 93 boat market statistics and economic indicators, including home price trends, boat sales in 20 major markets, wholesale forecasting, small business sentiment and the economic health of major export partners.

The report showed that consumer confidence, as measured by The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, rebounded in March to 96.2 and that gas prices remain at relative lows, averaging $1.98 for the week that ended April 16.

Unemployment rates remain at historical lows at 5 percent in March, the report showed.

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Boat sales for Chaparral, Robalo parent at eight-year high

Marine Products Corp. reported sales growth of more than 25 percent for the first quarter, as the company posted its highest quarterly sales in eight years.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Marine Products, which manufactures the Chaparral and Robalo brands, generated net sales of $63,665,000, a 25.7 percent increase compared to $50,644,000 in the same period of the prior year.

The increase in net sales was due to a 36.7 percent increase in unit sales, partially offset by a 9.3 percent decrease in the average selling price per boat, the company said, with average selling price decreasing due to more sales of smaller boats. Sales were particularly strong for Robalo sport fishing boats, entry-level Chaparral H2O models, and  Chaparral SunCoast Sportdecks.

Gross profit for the quarter was $12,688,000, or 19.9 percent of net sales, a 24.3 percent increase compared to gross profit of $10,205,000, or 20.2 percent of net sales, in the same period of the prior year.  Gross profit for the first quarter increased compared to the prior year due to higher net sales.  Gross margin declined slightly during the quarter compared to the prior year due to model mix, partially offset by improved manufacturing efficiencies resulting from higher production volumes.

Operating profit for the quarter was $5,645,000, an increase of 32.7 percent, compared to $4,254,000 in the first quarter of last year. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $7,043,000 in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 18.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased due to expenses that vary with sales and profitability, as well as higher advertising and boat show expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses were 11.1 percent of net sales during the first quarter of 2016, a slight decrease compared to 11.8 percent of net sales during the same period of the prior year.

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, was $3,921,000, an increase of $992,000 or 33.9 percent, compared to net income of $2,929,000 for the first quarter of 2015.  Diluted earnings per share were $0.10 in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of $0.02 per share compared to the first quarter of the prior year.

“The first quarter of 2016 continued the favorable trends of the past few years, and in fact, this quarter’s sales were the highest quarterly sales in eight years,” said Richard A. Hubbell, Marine Products’ president and CEO. “We recorded improved sales of our Robalo outboard sportfishing boats, especially the Robalo 160 which we introduced early in this model year.  In addition, our Chaparral SunCoast outboards sold well, and we experienced increased demand for our Chaparral H2O sterndrives.  At the end of the first quarter of 2016, our dealer inventory was higher than at the same time last year, but appropriate to the level of dealer demand we see as we enter the strongest part of the retail selling season.  We are very pleased with our dealers’ and retail customers’ reception to the new models we have recently introduced, as well as the general sales strength among our sterndrive models.”

Hubbell also commented on the death of Chaparral President Jim Lane last month.

“Jim had served as the president of Chaparral for almost 40 years, and his passing is a loss to our company and to our industry,” he said. “Our company and Jim’s family appreciate the support of the recreational boating community over the past few weeks.  The tenured operational management that remains in place at our company will continue our tradition of strong brand management, customer satisfaction and profitable financial performance for many years in the future.”


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Alcohol sales begin in Bethel, effect on Yukon-Kuskokwim communities unknown –


Legal alcohol sales began in Bethel last week. It’s the first time alcohol has been sold in the city in more than 40 years.

One restaurant is already selling beer and wine. Two package liquor stores are set to open in the future. But some community leaders are concerned about how Bethel’s alcohol sales may affect dry villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region.

Susan Murphy has lived in Bethel for her whole life. She remembers what the city was like when it was wet.

“How awful it was, back in the early 70s and late 60s,” she said. “There’d be people drunk and passing out. The winter times were especially bad because people would be freezing to death.”

Bethel wasn’t the only city that struggled, either. Murphy said communities around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta — like Napaskiak, Aniak, and Marshall — had to contend with alcohol that was brought in from Bethel, most often illegally.

As a tribal judge on the Orutsararmiut Native Council and school board chair for the Lower Kuskokwim School District, Murphy said she has seen alcohol lead to abuse, neglect and other problems for families in dry communities.

“And I’m afraid that’s just going to triple and quadruple with the availability of alcohol in Bethel,” she said.

Father Chuck Peterson is the pastor at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bethel. Like Murphy, he said Bethel’s new alcohol sales may be a bigger concern for visitors coming from the villages.

“People come from downriver and upriver to Bethel to do their shopping,” he said. “Sometimes they stop by the liquor store and they don’t get their shopping done. They are the ones who are most vulnerable because nobody in the town wants to take them in when they’re drunk.”

And if they’re not stranded in the city, Peterson and Murphy said, drunk driving could become a bigger issue as people travel to Bethel by boat and snowmachine. As alcohol sales expand, they predict social services and law enforcement will be overwhelmed as well. But others aren’t so sure.

Richard Alstrom is the former City Manager of St. Mary’s, north of Bethel on the Yukon River. He held the job when the community went damp 10 years ago, and he said the village’s status — whether it’s dry or damp — hasn’t made much difference. Either way, he said, alcohol gets into the village.

“Alcohol came to St. Mary’s when it was dry, and alcohol is coming to St. Mary’s when it’s damp,” he said. “So it’s hard to say if there has been any change at all.”

Upriver from St. Mary’s, the village of Emmonak has been dry since 1991. The community is 120 miles northwest of Bethel near the mouth of the Yukon River, and the people there travel in and out of Bethel frequently.

Martin Moore is Emmonak’s City Manager. He said he hasn’t seen much impact yet from new alcohol sales in Bethel. As is the case in St. Mary’s, he said alcohol arrives in Emmonak regardless of what’s happening in surrounding communities.

“It’s an issue, it has been an issue, and it’ll continue to be an issue,” he said.

If Emmonak is going to cut down on illegal alcohol, Moore said that will be up to locals. For years, the community has looked into establishing a tribal government and court, but it’s unclear when that may happen. Until then, Moore said leadership from elders is key.

“It’s up to the people of Emmonak and the elder people to start working together to deal with the younger group and help them plan their lives,” he said. “It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take some time.”

But Murphy said the more available alcohol is, the bigger the challenge will be for communities that have voted themselves dry.

“What will happen is people will come into Bethel, buy a bottle, get drunk and become Bethel’s problem,” she said. “Or they’ll buy a bottle and drink in the boat or on the snowmachine on the way back to the village. They’ll be the state troopers’ problem, then.”

According to spokesperson Megan Peters with the Alaska State Troopers, the state has no plans to develop or adopt new procedures in response to Bethel’s legal alcohol sales.

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Info-Link: March boat sales up across all segments

Boat sales continued their upward climb in March, will all segments posting sales gains, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report.

The Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat market (varies by market segment and time of year).

Sales of all powerboats were up about 8 percent year-over-year in Bellwether states, with PWC and ski boat sales continuing to show the strongest growth.

Sales of PWC were up about 15 percent over the previous 12 months, while the ski boat segment was up just under 15 percent, posting its best gains since last spring.

The sportfish segment was up by just less than 10 percent year-over-year. While continuing to grow over the last year, the size of that growth has been slowly decreasing over the last year.

Overall outboard sales were also up about 9 percent for the 12 months ending in March, up slightly from February. The sterndrive/jet segment also grew by about 4 percent for the period, the best growth rate since 2012.




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NMMA: Used-boat sales climbed in 2015

Posted on April 18th, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said estimated sales of used boats totaled $9 billion last year, up 1.9 percent in units and 3.4 percent in dollars from 2014.

The figures are in the third section report of the NMMA’s 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract; the report is titled Pre-owned Boat Market 2004-2015.

The abstract, which contains thousands of data points and insights about the boating industry, features a new format and schedule. Each section is released individually as the statistics are available to members.

Among the report’s other highlights: Unit sales of used boats were up in all categories in 2015 except jetboats, which were down 1.6 percent, compared with 2014; traditional powerboats (outboard-, sterndrive-, inboard- or jet-propelled) accounted for 84 percent of total used boat unit sales and were up 2.1 percent in 2015; and pre-owned inboard ski/wakeboard boats accounted for 2 percent of total pre-owned boat unit sales and gained the most ground in 2015, up 9.8 percent in units and 15.8 percent in dollars.

For information about the boats that are selling in the used market, how many are sold and what their market value was, members can see the complete report here.

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