Spanish marine trade association ANEN has announced that boat registration in the seven months to July 2016 is up 2.97% over the same period a year ago. Current registration for 2016 is 3,601 leisure boats.

Boat registration for charter continues to be the best performing sector with an increase of 12.6% compared to the same period a year ago.

However, the statistics show that the charter segment is growing at a slower pace as this sector expanded 55% in this period in 2015.

A total of 1,046 boats were registered for charter use between January and July 2016, whereas 929 units were filed in the same period a year ago.

Boats up to 8m registered for charter use recorded an increase of 14.1% in this period; motorboats were up 23.74%.

ANEN's figures are based on the latest report by the Spanish Merchant Marine authority.