Spanish marine industry association ANEN has announced that 3,991 boats were registered in the first six months of 2017 – a 10.8% rise over the same time last year.

Boats of all sizes were up during the period, although 88.4% of the market is still comprised of boats under 8m in length. This segment grew by 8.1% during the six months ended June 30, 2017, accounting for 3,529 registered vessels.

According to ANEN’s latest figures, boats from 8m-12m grew by 31.5% to 284 registered units, while boats from 12-16m were up 36.6% to 127 units. Boats over 16m in length experienced the greatest growth at 82%, with 51 units registered in the first six months of 2017.

Catalonia continues to lead the boat market, with registrations up by 16.3% during the period, followed by the Balearic Islands with growth of 13.7%.

More significantly, the number of boats registered for rental purposes continues to grow, says ANEN, rising by 26.6% to 1,324 units so far this year – a clear sign that demand for recreational yacht charter is strong.

The Balearic Islands continue to lead the rental market, which accounted for 25.2% of all registrations, followed by Catalonia at 24.6% and the Valencian Community at 17.1%.

Boats of up to 8m accounted for 85.6% of the rental market during the period, rising by 23.6% compared to the same time last year. Of note is the increase in the rental of vessels over 12m in length, which grew 100% on average, with 85 units registered.