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NMMA sees 6 percent gain in powerboat sales in 2017

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the boating season and NMMA president Thom Dammrich said we expect steady growth to continue across most boat categories through 2017  and into 2018  to keep up with the acceleration in demand for new boats.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the boating season and NMMA president Thom Dammrich said “we expect steady growth to continue across most boat categories through 2017 — and into 2018 — to keep up with the acceleration in demand for new boats.”

The U.S. boating industry is reporting some of its highest sales in a decade.

As the industry prepares for Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the boating season, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports that the $36 billion U.S. boating industry saw powerboat sales rise 6 percent in 2016, reaching 247,800 boats.

The NMMA expects powerboat sales to rise an additional 6 percent this year, a trajectory that it expects will continue through 2018.

The data, which also showed that an estimated 981,600 used boats were sold last year, come from the NMMA’s 2016 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract.

“Economic factors, including an improving housing market, higher employment, strong consumer confidence and growing disposable income, are creating a golden age for the country’s recreational boating industry,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.

“Summer is a busy selling season for our industry and we expect steady growth to continue across most boat categories through 2017 — and into 2018 — to keep up with the acceleration in demand for new boats,” he said.

The NMMA said demand continues to grow across nearly all powerboat segments. Outboard boat sales, which represent 85 percent of new traditional powerboats sold and include pontoons, aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, as well as small fiberglass cruisers, were up 6.1 percent in 2016, to 160,900 units.

Sales of new ski and wakeboard boats, used for popular watersports such as wakesurfing and wakeboarding, saw a double-digit increase, up 11.5 percent, to 8,700 boats.

New personal watercraft sales, often considered a gateway to boat ownership, rose 7.3 percent to 59,000 units and jetboats — smaller fiberglass boats that use jet engine technology to propel the boat — saw a sales increase of 8.7 percent to 5,000 boats.

Sales of yachts — boats 33 feet and larger — rose 3.5 percent, reaching a seven-year high of 1,715 units in 2016.

“One of the standout areas of growth in 2016 was among yachts — a category that has been slower to rebound as high-net-worth individuals looked to remain more liquid post-recession,” Dammrich said.

“Additional trends driving economic growth for the industry include the creation of more affordable, versatile boats manufactured to appeal to a new generation of boaters, more intuitive marine technology making it easier to get on the water and operate a boat, and an emphasis on shared experiences with the introduction of more boat rental and shared boat ownership apps, as well as boat clubs, that offer access to boats as part of a membership fee,” he said.

The NMMA said the U.S. boating industry has an annual economic impact of more than $121.5 billion in direct, indirect and induced spending. It supports 650,000 direct and indirect American jobs and nearly 35,000 small businesses, the NMMA reported.


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Harley demo rides move to the Weirs during Motorcycle Week

 

By RICK GREEN, The Laconia Daily Sun

 

LACONIA — One of the biggest changes in this year’s Laconia Motorcycle Week involves the staging area for people to take demonstration rides on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Charlie St. Clair, executive director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said the demo rides will begin on property adjacent to the entrance of Weirs Beach Drive-In starting on the first weekend of the event, June 10-11.

This is the 94th Laconia Motorcycle Week, billed as the world’s oldest motorcycle rally.

The demos most recently took place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

The Weirs is always a popular spot for people participating in Motorcycle Week, and the demo rides will put an even greater focus on this resort area, St. Clair said. Other areas benefit as well.

“Business communities all around the state make money from all the motorcycles that stream into the state,” he said. “They stop at places like Keene and Portsmouth to get here.”

Meal and hotel taxes spike during the week, which also gives some businesses a head start on the tourist season, he said. Boat sales and even sales of second homes benefit from people who come to the area for this event.

People come to realize that riding a motorcycle in an area of lakes and mountains offers vistas not available in other parts of the country, he said.

Bret Loring, owner of the Paradise Beach Club, said his business depends on this week.

“We would definitely not have been going for 18 years up at Paradise if we didn’t have motorcycle week,” he said. “Without motorcycle week, we would have lasted a year. It’s a golden goose egg for businesses.”

His restaurant and night club at Weirs Beach typically stays open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily during the event.

St. Clair said other highlights of this year’s Motorcycle Week will be antique motorcycle events at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a “burnout pit” at Laconia Roadhouse and an amateur motorcycle hillclimb at Gunstock Mountain Resort.

While the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. will stage demo rides from the Weirs Beach area, other demo rides will start at the speedway.   


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Call for Entries for “The Boat Show” Art Show — Living — Bangor …

Monday, June 12, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Kefauver Studio Gallery, 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, Maine

For more information: 207-226-0974; kefauverstudio.com

The Kefauver Studio Gallery, Damariscotta, is calling for artists to participate in “The Boat Show” art show, running from June 30th through July 23rd.

This is the second year for this popular show. The show will depict the working vessels and pleasure craft of Maine, floats, buoys, and everything related to life on the water, so submitted works should be in keeping with that theme. Each submitted work must be an original creation, and all mediums will be considered, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, photographs, sculpture, and hand-made prints. Work must be ready for hanging or displaying (framed or painted edges, wired for hanging with no sawtooth hangers.) Pedestals are available for 3-dimensional work.

Several artists will be selected to present up to 5 works at the show. To enter, submit up to 5 works in jpg form via email to: will@kefauverstudio.com. Deadline for submission is Monday, June 12th.

The artist may price the work as he/she likes, but the work should be priced reasonably for sale. No NFS works will be accepted. All sales and sales taxes will be handled by the Gallery, as will shipping, if necessary. In the event of a sale, the artist may, but isn’t required to, replace the work sold. Gallery commission is 35%.

The show will be advertised through press releases and advertisements in the local papers, and will overlap the Twin Villages ArtWalk on July 21st. Additionally, the event will be posted on the Kefauver Studio Gallery website, and will appear in the Lincoln County Summer Seasons Activities Guide and the Maine Studio + Gallery Guide website.

An Artists’ Reception, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, July 8th, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

The Kefauver Studio Gallery will be placing other calls to artists to participate in future shows for the 2017 season. Dates and terms for submission will be announced at a later date for these shows:

“The Garden Show”: July 28th – August 13th

“Rock ‘n’ Wave”: August 18th — September 10th

“Monhegan Days”: September 15th — October 9th

“The 6” x 6” Show”: October 13th — November 12th

“The Little Holiday Show”: November 17th – January 2nd

For questions about “The Boat Show” show or for information on how to submit your work, please contact Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974, will@kefauverstudio.com, or www.kefauverstudio.com. The Kefauver Studio Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily.

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Call for Entries for “The Boat Show” Art Show

Monday, June 12, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Kefauver Studio Gallery, 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, Maine

For more information: 207-226-0974; kefauverstudio.com

The Kefauver Studio Gallery, Damariscotta, is calling for artists to participate in “The Boat Show” art show, running from June 30th through July 23rd.

This is the second year for this popular show. The show will depict the working vessels and pleasure craft of Maine, floats, buoys, and everything related to life on the water, so submitted works should be in keeping with that theme. Each submitted work must be an original creation, and all mediums will be considered, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, photographs, sculpture, and hand-made prints. Work must be ready for hanging or displaying (framed or painted edges, wired for hanging with no sawtooth hangers.) Pedestals are available for 3-dimensional work.

Several artists will be selected to present up to 5 works at the show. To enter, submit up to 5 works in jpg form via email to: will@kefauverstudio.com. Deadline for submission is Monday, June 12th.

The artist may price the work as he/she likes, but the work should be priced reasonably for sale. No NFS works will be accepted. All sales and sales taxes will be handled by the Gallery, as will shipping, if necessary. In the event of a sale, the artist may, but isn’t required to, replace the work sold. Gallery commission is 35%.

The show will be advertised through press releases and advertisements in the local papers, and will overlap the Twin Villages ArtWalk on July 21st. Additionally, the event will be posted on the Kefauver Studio Gallery website, and will appear in the Lincoln County Summer Seasons Activities Guide and the Maine Studio + Gallery Guide website.

An Artists’ Reception, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, July 8th, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

The Kefauver Studio Gallery will be placing other calls to artists to participate in future shows for the 2017 season. Dates and terms for submission will be announced at a later date for these shows:

“The Garden Show”: July 28th – August 13th

“Rock ‘n’ Wave”: August 18th — September 10th

“Monhegan Days”: September 15th — October 9th

“The 6” x 6” Show”: October 13th — November 12th

“The Little Holiday Show”: November 17th – January 2nd

For questions about “The Boat Show” show or for information on how to submit your work, please contact Will Kefauver at 207-226-0974, will@kefauverstudio.com, or www.kefauverstudio.com. The Kefauver Studio Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily.

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