270,000 units sold through November

A strong second half of the year for US boat sales helped boost powerboat registrations to 275,00 units through last November, up 6% on a rolling three-month year-over-year basis, but down 1% on a rolling 12-month year-over-year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

A cold, wet spring delayed the start of boating – and subsequently boat sales – in much of the country last year, but the rebound is reflected in the three-month measure.

“Monthly new powerboat sales picked up during the second half of the year, helping put total sales for 2019 nearly back on par with 2018 despite a slower spring and early summer,” said Vicky Yu, director of business intelligence for NMMA, in a news release.

Once again, personal watercraft (PWC) led all categories, jumping 6% on the rolling 12-month scale and 16% on the three-month measure. Wake sport boats also saw a 6% jump in the same period and grew 11% on the three-month scale.

New cruiser sales rose 3% and 13% respectively in the 12-month and three-month measures, while freshwater fishing boats remained soft, down 7% over 12 months and down 1% in the three-month timeframe. Freshwater fishing boat sales dropped to near 2016 sales levels over the rolling three-month year-over-year basis.