2008 powerboat sales drop almost 30 percent

MIAMI, Fla. – Unit sales of powerboats 15 feet in length and above dropped about 28 percent in 2008, compared to 2007, according to Info-Link Technologies Inc.’s Bellwether Report, which has been updated through December. The graphs can be viewed at: www.info-link.com/bellwetherreport.asp.

Within the outboard boat segment, unit sales were down about 24 percent, while the sterndrive/jet boat segment sales were down about 38 percent, the personal watercraft segment was down about 27 percent, the outboard sportfishing segment was down about 40 percent and the ski boat segment was down about 31 percent.

The bellwether report is based on new U.S. boat registrations in geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the U.S. boat market. With a couple slight blips upward, powerboat sales in this category have been trending downward since early 2004, when compared to the respective same month of the year prior.

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