National Marine Manufacturers Association reports in the first quarter of 2015, new registrations of traditional powerboats and personal watercrafts were up 6.5% YOY (January-March 2015 compared to January-March 2014) and up 9.5% R12M YOY (April 2014-March 2015 compared to April 2013-March 2014).
PWCs, jet drive boats, skiboats and outboard boats led growth, up 20.2%, 15.4%, 14.7% and 7.9%. Sterndrive boat and inboard cruiser sales were down 7.2% and 3%.
The South Atlantic region, the Atlantic Coast from Delaware south to Florida, was up 14.9%. The Pacific region, the Pacific coast from Washington to California including Hawaii, was up 14%. The East South region, including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississppi and Tennessee, was up 5.2%.