Motorboat and outboard engines showed continued growth last year

Pacifico Yokohama Exhibiton Hall

Pacifico Yokohama Exhibiton Hall

The first day of the Japan International Boat Show, taking place at the Yokohama Pacifico Exhibition Centre, yielded solid attendance figures and a feeling amongst exhibitors that the boating business in Japan is showing positive signs following a protracted period of stagnation within the market.

Figures for 2018 released by the Japan Marine Industry Association (JMIA) reveal the value of motorboat sales increased for the 7th consecutive year, with a 10% unit boost for boats ranging from 7-10m in length. Jet driven boats were up modestly, while personal watercraft sales were down. The sailboat sector was down last year due to a decline in both import units and value.

Winners of Japan’s 2018 Boat of the Year Awards were also presented during the show today in the following categories

Japan Internation Boat of the Year Awards
Boat CategoriesWinner

Small boats (under 24ft)

Chris Craft Capri 21

Mid-size boats (24-35ft)

Yamaha SR330

Large boats (35ft and above)

Fleming 65

Personal watercraft

BRP SeaDoo RXT-X 300

Best Value

Regal 19 Surf

Best Fun

Chris Craft Capri 21

Best Fishing

Yanmar EX34

In addition to the above categories, two special award winners were announced for the:

  • Toyota Ponam-28V Hybid by Toyota Motor
  • Creation’s custom megayacht

IBI’s Tokyo correspondent, Peter Langan is attending the boat show this week and will be preparing a detailed study of the current trading conditions, with news and comment from key players in the industry for a special report on the market in Japan for publication in the April/May issue of IBI. The Japan study will also be available to paid subscribers to IBI Plus with additional market data.