Sales of boats and travel trailers pick up speed

Sales of boats and travel trailers are at some of the highest levels in years as consumers feel better about making discretionary purchases.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said recreational boat sales were up as much as 7 percent in 2014 compared with 2013. Furthermore, 2014 retail expenditures — which include spending on boats, engines, marine accessories and services — could eclipse 2007, one of the healthiest years for the industry.

Some of the strongest sales were in ski and wakeboard, pontoon and aluminum fishing boats. Sales of larger boats also started to see an uptick, according to the trade association.

Meanwhile, wholesale shipments of travel trailers were at some of the highest levels in decades, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

| The Associated Press

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