The Marine Industry Association announced (5/16/12 Sport Fishing Magazine) the first jump in annual boat sales and boating participation since 2006. 2011
retail sales for boats, accessories and services jumped
6 percent to $32.3 billion, according to the organization’s latest Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract. In addition,
boating participation increased 10 percent to 83 million (or 34.8 percent of
adults, the highest since 1997). “The data signals the beginning of a recovery
for the U.S. recreational boating industry,” the NMMA press
release states. 2012 sales are running ahead of 2011. U.S.
Dykstra’s Happy Hours
My boat, Happy Hours, is a new super-luxurious Avalon tri-toon boat. It includes an upper deck with seating, a sunbathing area and a water slide. The main level includes luxurious seating for 14, 2 drink and appetizer tables, multiple cup and drinking glass holders, a wine and storage cellar, a privacy (porta-potty) station plus a wet bar with a blender, an electric wine and glasses rack and a refrigerator. We, our family and our friends are having fantastic great times with it.
AvalonTom’s Boats, the area’s leading pontoon boat dealer stated: “The increase in sales this year is amazing. It’s across the board from $14,000 easy to trailer runabouts and fishing boats to the $90,000 deluxe party and water sports boats.” He is currently showing over 50 listings on Boat-Trader.com.