Nevada boat market faces difficulties

RENO, Nev. — Boat dealers in the Reno-Sparks area are facing tough times, according to an article in the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

Custom Boat & Marine was setting sales and revenue records in 2005 — since then, sales have declined by 75 to 80 percent.

They’re not alone. Other area dealers report layoffs, fewer showroom models and a reliance on service and accessory revenues to stay solvent.

Steve Zinio of Z-Marine now sells new boats on an order-only basis., according to the article.

Dealers have some optimism, though, due to melting snows that are expected to fill depleted area lakes. Increased consumer confidence will also help.

To read the full article, go to: Boat dealers ride out choppy market

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