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NMMA Boating Industry Abstract Now Available

The Total Industry Sales by Category and State section of NMMA’s 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available on Total recreational marine expenditures reached a high of $49.4 billion in 2020, up 14.2% from 2019, in a record year for the boating industry as Americans sought ways to spend and enjoy time on the water amid the coronavirus pandemic. Other key insights from the report include:

  • Florida led the U.S. in marine expenditures – boaters in Florida spent $4.3 billion on new powerboats, engines, trailers and aftermarket accessories in 2020. Texas, Michigan, North Carolina and Minnesota rounded out the top five states, in that order.
  • In 2020, estimated recreational boat sales totaled 318,550 units, an increase of 12.5% compared to 2019, and the highest unit sales level since 2008.
  • Outboard boats (up 14%), personal watercraft (up 8.3%) and wake sport boats (up 21.4%) led retail unit sales of new powerboats.

The remaining sections and the full edition (digital and printed) of the 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract will be available later this summer.

Note the former boat registrations section of the annual Abstract is transitioning to a stand-alone report, and the 2020 edition will be released later this year.

NMMA members receive unlimited complimentary access to the digital versions of the annual U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract. Bookmark for direct and easy access. Members can also pre-order copies of the print version of the complete Abstract and have it mailed by clicking here.

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