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Boat sales continue gains in April

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 Written by Jack Atzinger

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Far from slipping into a “lull,” as it did in 2016 after strong March sales, the U.S. recreational boating industry achieved moderate gains in April this year that included double-digit growth in the pontoon category.

Sales in the main powerboat segments rose 3.5 percent to 11,277 and they rose 5 percent industrywide to 17,104 from the same month last year in 23 states that represent about 51 percent of the U.S. market, Statistical Surveys reported today.

Last year, sales in 29 states that represented 62 percent of the market were nearly flat with results in April 2015, rising by just 33 boats, or 0.3 percent, in the main segments to 12,530 and falling by 181, or 1 percent, to 18,310 industrywide.

Statistical Surveys sales director Ryan Kloppe said the April figures this year reflect the kind of growth the industry has seen in recent years, led by “the usual suspects” — categories such as fiberglass outboards, pontoons and personal watercraft that have led the industry’s multiyear recovery from the Great Recession.

“Last year we got off to a stronger start, but I think what you’re seeing now is an uptick for the spring selling season,” he said.

This year through April sales are up 2.9 percent at 38,697 in the main segments and 3.4 percent at 55,075 industrywide in the early-reporting states, growth that is somewhat below industry forecasts of 4 to 6 percent.

Kloppe said that although the year-to-date results appear to be “a little light,” they should improve when more states report their April sales and full national first-quarter figures are released next month.

Pontoon boats had a particularly strong April, as sales rose 11.2 percent to 3,236. Outboard fiberglass boat sales rose 4.5 percent for the month to 3,866, but aluminum fishing boat sales were virtually flat, falling by five, or 0.2 percent, to 2,795.

The personal watercraft category led the industry with sales of 3,898 units, 12.9 percent more than a year earlier. It was the second month in row that PWC sales have risen by double digits. For the year through April, 9,507 PWC have been sold in the early-reporting states and sales are up 10.3 percent.

“With this growth rate, they’re going to be well over 60,000 units this year,” Kloppe said, noting that the majority of PWC buyers tend to be first-time watercraft owners. Dealers have told him that one trend is grandparents buying PWC for their grandchildren.

“These are people who are getting onto the water and experiencing the boating lifestyle,” he said.

Sales of ski and wake boats rose 8.8 percent, or 49, to 606, and sales of jetboats rose 13.7 percent, or 48, to 398.

Seven of the top 10 states for sales reported higher numbers than they did in April last year. Florida led the nation in April sales with 3,190 (up from 2,998). Texas was second at 2,460 (up from 2,185); Michigan was third at 2,076 (up from 2,032); North Carolina was fourth at 1,385 (up from 1,163); and New York was fifth at 1,202 (down from 1,309).

The rest of the top 10 were Alabama at 1,130 (up from 1,090); Ohio at 1,022 (up from 730); New Jersey at 743 (up from 636); California at 702 (down from 716); and Arkansas at 507 (down from 547).

The Coast Guard was up to date in its reports on documented vessels, providing a complete report in the bigger-boat categories. Sales of 31- to 40-foot cruisers fell by 22 to 82; sales of 41- to 65-foot yachts dropped by 31 to 38; and sales of 66-foot and larger custom and semicustom yachts declined by two to seven.

Sailboat sales fell by 51 to 92 and are lower by 33.3 percent for the year through April at 375 in the early-reporting states.


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Group Raises Concerns About Dock Expansion At Harbor Lights Marina On Lake Chickamauga

A group of residents near the Harbor Lights Marina on Lake Chickamauga are raising concerns about the construction of a dock expansion in front of Aries restaurant.

 

The group plans to take a petition to TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

 

It reads:

 

Due to the construction on the Harbor Lights Marina dock in front of Aries restaurant, we would like to request a public hearing on the Harbor Lights Marina dock expansion project as allowed by the TVA/Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice.

The owner advertised 96 new covered slips and a commercial dealership for boat sales.

We believe the current dock being built under the current approved permit is wrongfully progressing:
1) should not have been permitted
2) is being built outside the permitted harbor borders too north
3) was considered a minor TVA construction project and exempted incorrectly from having appropriate environmental review done (should have been considered a major construction project by TVA own regulations and that would require much stricter environmental review and public input)
4) is unsafe, detrimental to the environment, and reservoir noise, sound, and visual disturbance are unacceptable
5) TVA had the option before construction to force some changes that would have been mutually agreeable and chose not to

We believe the application for expansion is incredibly weighted toward one commercial owners interests over the entire public trust in the reservoir and our residential interests and failed to disclose the true intent of the owner’s use of the property and facility.

It is too large, dangerous for river traffic, sound and visual pollution exceed any commercial benefit interest. We would also like to see an environmental impact study, as we have yet to see one related to this project.

Previously, residents met with TVA and Army Corps of Engineer representatives at the TVA Sequoyah training facility on March 7, 2017 to discuss concerns over the project. Our request is that this matter have been escalated above the level of those conducting the 3/7/17 meeting and those higher level representatives be present at this meeting to answer the concerns/questions noted. We want to make sure the questions/concerns are addressed in the meeting plus all paperwork relating to the Harbor Lights project be made available to those attending. To summarize our concerns, we feel construction has started on a 375’ by 550’s structure in the main channel without the proper permits, authorizations, and public input. Also, we contend the structure that has been constructed to date is out of the approved harbor limits allowed by TVA.

The TVA permit application for an even larger expansion is pending.

The Army Corps is currently inviting public input on the application for expansion. We have request a public meeting and have heard no response.

Please take the time to write to the Army Corps of Engineers on the mailer about all of the topics we have discussed.

Address comments to Attention: Cara Beverly
Nashville District Corps of Engineers
Regulatory Branch
3701 Bell Road
Nashville, TN 37214

Also, consider writing or calling the Office of the Inspector General at TVA as we are concerned about the existing permit and construction being done without appropriate environmental review and the applicant/marina owner is a TVA employee. You can contact Agent Eric Beals, ph: 865-633-7324, email: debeals@tvaoig.gov


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