Dates Set for Newport Show
The Newport Exhibition Group said the 44th annual Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show will be held Sept. 11-14 on the Newport waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue.
Posted on Apr 09 2014

Boat sales drop in February
Statistical Surveys reported today that sales in the main powerboat segments fell 5.3 percent, or 243 boats, to 4,315, in February and they dropped 3.4 percent industrywide, or 226 boats, to 6,371, from the same month last year in 29 early reporting states that represent about 68 percent of the U.S. boating industry.
Posted on Mar 26 2014

Marine Career Day Set in Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the IYRS School of Technology and Trades will host the ninth annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day on March 22. Free to the public, the event will draw industry experts and employers who come with one goal in mind: to connect with people who have the skills and aptitude for marine and composites careers.
Posted on Mar 04 2014

Consumer confidence drops in February
The Consumer Confidence Index fell moderately this month after increasing in January and it now stands at 78.1, The Conference Board reported today.
Posted on Feb 25 2014

Miami Show Reports Drop in Attendance
The NMMA said attendance was down 6 percent at the 2014 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, which wrapped up Feb. 17 after five days of meetings, new product introductions and sales across the show’s three locations.
Posted on Feb 25 2014

New England Boat Show starts Saturday
The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show will return Saturday for a nine-day run with 25 more exhibitors than in 2013, the biggest turnout in six years for the region’s largest boat show.
Posted on Feb 19 2014

Miami Boat Show 2014: Signs of recovery are becoming more common
Outboard sales in 2013 were at 59 percent of their peak sales year, personal watercraft at 42 percent and sterndrives at 19 percent, compared with 89 percent for cars and 87 percent for recreational vehicles, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said.
Posted on Feb 13 2014

Brokerage sales dip in January
After eight months of year-over-year improvement, the U.S. yacht brokerage market started 2014 with 5 percent fewer boat sales in January than it had in the same month last year.
Posted on Feb 11 2014

Providence show sees bigger crowds
In the first year of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s ownership of the Providence Boat Show, the group tried to step up the show’s interactive content with the addition of sailboats, seminars and demonstrations. The approach paid off. The 2014 show sold out and had a 15 percent increase in exhibition space sales, RIMTA executive director Wendy Mackie said. “You hate to turn people away, but it was great to have so much interest.”
Posted on Feb 11 2014

NMMA reports results of January shows
Six National Marine Manufacturers Association shows that wrapped up during the Jan. 26 weekend drew slightly more than 110,000 visitors. The six shows — the inaugural San Francisco Boat Show, the Louisville Boat, RV and Sportshow, the Nashville Boat and Sportshow, the Baltimore Boat Show, Strictly Sail Chicago and the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow — were sponsored by Progressive Insurance.
Posted on Feb 06 2014

December's Double-Digit Gain
Sales of pontoon boats rose by 28.5 percent, or 74, to 334, and sales of fishing boats climbed by 18.9 percent, or 132, to 829, in 27 early reporting states that represent about 61 percent of the national market, according to Statistical Surveys.
Posted on Jan 21 2014

Year Closes on High Note for Brokerage Sales
U.S. yacht brokers sold 1,528 boats in December, completing a strong fourth quarter and an eighth straight month of improving sales compared with the same month in 2012.
Posted on Jan 14 2014

Boat sales are on pace to exceed 2012 levels
New bellwether data from Info-Link suggest that if boat sales continue to be strong in warmer states for the duration of the year, 2013 could close about 6 percent ahead of 2012.
Posted on Dec 20 2013

November Sees Drop in Boat Sales
The seemingly unsinkable aluminum pontoon market contributed what it could in November, but it wasn’t able to keep the recreational boat industry from experiencing a modest decline in sales, its first since the spring quarter. Sales in the main powerboat segments fell 1.5 percent, or 43 boats, to 2,794, and industrywide sales dropped 2.6 percent, or 106 boats, to 3,934, in 28 early-reporting states that represent about 64 percent of the national market, Statistical Surveys reported today.
Posted on Dec 20 2013

Industry sees hope in today’s economic news
House and Senate negotiators unveiled an $85 billion agreement late Tuesday to fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015, averting another government shutdown and bringing potentially welcome news to the marine industry.
Posted on Dec 11 2013

Brokerage sales continue gains
Brokerage boat sales in the United States climbed 18 percent in November as 1,983 boats were sold, a gain of almost 300 from the same month in 2012.
Posted on Dec 11 2013

Unemployment dips to 7 percent
The U.S. economy created 203,000 jobs in November as the unemployment rate fell to a 5-year low of 7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said today.
Posted on Dec 10 2013

RV Sales Grow
Recreational vehicle sales and shipments are picking up as credit criteria continue to loosen, something that could bode well for boating because the RV industry is often viewed as an indicator of what’s to come in marine trends.
Posted on Dec 10 2013

Fall Boat Sales Numbers Show Promise
Where the weather is warm, boat sales have remained bright and, even though it was October, enough Americans were still buying that the industry reached double-digit percentage gains for the fourth month in a row.
Posted on Dec 03 2013

Industry Panel Provides Perspective
Despite a steady decline in sales, a panel of industry leaders says the sterndrive will remain a viable propulsion choice for consumers.
Posted on Dec 03 2013

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