Sailboat brokerage sales up from dire first half

In recent months, the brokerage market for sailboats in the United States has improved against the first half of the year, data reported by member brokers suggests.

Unit sales during the last four months were 10 percent lower than the same time period in 2008, according to the latest brokerage report from Sail America and In the first half of the year, the market experienced a nearly 30 percent year-on-year decline, the report said.

“In keeping with seasonal trends, sailboat sales in October were about 8 percent lower than September, dipping below 500 boats for the first time since April,” the report stated. “The 484 boats sold in September 2009 was roughly on par with the same month a year earlier, but the sales value of $34.6 million lagged behind sales of $39.6 million in October, 2008.”

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