MIAMI, Fla. — Unit sales of powerboats 15 feet in length and above dropped about 36 percent during the 12-month period ended May 31, compared to the prior 12 months, according to Info-Link Technologies Inc.’s Bellwether Report, which has been updated through May. The graphs can be viewed at: www.info-link.com/bellwetherreport.asp.
Within the outboard boat segment, unit sales were down about 31 percent during this period, while the sterndrive/jet boat segment sales were down about 44 percent, the personal watercraft segment was down about 31 percent, the outboard sportfishing segment was down about 45 percent and the ski boat segment was down about 39 percent.
The ski boat segment, which actually showed some growth in March, had the biggest month-to-month decline. Results for the other segments also represent small declines from April, with only personal watercraft sales holding steady.
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 the exception of a couple of slight blips upward, powerboat sales in this category have been trending downward since early 2004 on a rolling 12 month year-over-year basis of comparison.