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Market Overview | Netherlands


Marine firms in the Netherlands reported a healthy 2.5% increase in sales in the first half of 2018, news that lifted spirits at the recent HISWA In-Water Boat Show in Lelystad, near Amsterdam. Strong performance was led by boatbuilders that cater mostly to foreign markets, along with marine equipment suppliers ...

Market Overview | Europe


Europe posted its fastest growth since 2007 as economic recovery consolidated and delivered real GDP growth of 2.6% in 2017. Against that backdrop, a return of consumer confidence and willingness to spend on discretionary items finally gave traditional boating markets in Europe the boost they needed to put boat sales ...

Market Overview | Germany


Confidence in Germany’s marine leisure industry is high and builders’ order books are full, but changing boat usage, dated business models, and an ageing demographic present both challenges and opportunities

Market Overview | France


A favourable wind is blowing for the French nautical industry. The many signs of growth were underlined in the positive report given by Yves Lyon-Caen at the traditional press conference at the beginning of December just before the opening of the Paris Nautic Boatshow. “We are experiencing a favourable national ...

Market Overview | Italy


The mood at Genoa in September said it all. The Italian market was back with a bang. Since 2015 domestic builders have had to make the most of rising export markets as they clawed their way back into the profit, but as the favourable economic tide lifts Italy off the ...

Market Overview | Netherlands Equipment


Dutch suppliers of marine equipment and accessories are reporting healthy sales in 2017, with demand for products that improve onboard comfort levels or lower the cost of boating coming from both the aftermarket and boatbuilders alike. According to national watersports association HISWA, equipment firms in the Netherlands grew sales by ...

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US powerboat sales up in 2018


America’s NMMA continues the release of its 2018 US Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract which shows, among other positives, an 11-year high of outboard-powered new boat sales at 177,600 units.

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Vietnam and China: same yacht potential, different yacht approach


In many ways, Vietnam and China mirror each other in stunning and rapid wealth creation, making both prime markets for high-end yacht sales, but the way each country’s government embraces big boats is having opposite effects.

2018 US boat sales highest in a decade


As the unofficial start of the US boating season gets underway this holiday weekend, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that new powerboat sales for 2018 increased 4% over the previous year to 276,000 units, the highest level in 11 years.

Deloitte Boating Market Monitor highlights continued growth in global boating market


The annual Boating Market Monitor, prepared annually by Deloitte for Nautica Italiana, shows that the global market continued to rise in 2018 and reached a value of €22bn, with the Italian industry accounting for 2%. The findings were presented last week at the Versilia Rendez-Vous in Viareggio, Italy.

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Russia looks to generate $1bn revenues from yachting in the next few years


It might seem ambitious, but a mix of government incentives, restrictions on overseas vacations and an emerging middle class are fuelling potential


Strong 2018 for Dutch SY sector


Dutch superyacht yards delivered over €1.5bn worth of 30m-plus yachts to owners last year, with a further 60 superyachts in various stages of construction.

Marginal gains for Russian marine market, but appetite for sail growing


Local yacht dealers and industry analysts are expecting modest growth at best for the Russian leisure marine sector in 2019, most likely achieving no more than 1% in value terms compared to 2018.

Annual spending on fishing charters alone is estimated to top $70 million

US study reveals economic impact of water-based tourism could be greater than first thought


New data from the Michigan Port Collaborative estimate boating to represent US$15.4bn in direct consumer spending

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