Tow boats and PWC registrations lead the pack while larger boats make solid gains

Despite a decline in sales during the period, new US powerboat registrations were up 3.8% through February on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

Preliminary NMMA data shows a sales decline of 4.8% from last year for the three months ending in February, but adds that these are “typically low-volume sales months, representing just 11% of annual sales on average.”

Once again, tow boats led the growth categories with a nearly 10% increase, followed by personal watercraft – up 8.7%, and pontoon boats, which rose just 4%.

Those three categories of vessel accounted for approximately 50% of new powerboat unit sales.

Sales of larger boats, 27ft and over, were up nearly 6% in the same period.