Sales of new powerboats in the US were up 3.6% during the first four months of 2018, according to updated data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
The data, presented on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis, shows sales of cruisers, tow boats, personal watercraft, saltwater fishing boats, freshwater fishing boats and yachts all grew during that period, as well as on a rolling three-month year-over-year, indicating expanding growth.
Leading the way were boats larger than 27ft, up 11.9%. Among these, growth was led by saltwater fishing boats, which were up 17.2%.
Cruisers, tow boats and outboard-propelled runabouts were up 8%-9%, while sterndrive cruisers, personal watercraft, pontoons, yachts, saltwater fishing boats and freshwater fishing boats were up 3%-4%.
The report contains US boat retail unit sales data by hull material, length and type of boat and propulsion and is updated monthly. It is based on new boat registrations and is presented as an interactive data cube which includes five years of history on both a rolling three-month and 12-month basis.