March yacht brokerage sales in the United States produced a curiously mixed picture, but one that seems to point toward an improving sales climate. Total units sold numbered 2,203 in March, 501 over the previous months, but a decrease of 11% from the same month a year earlier.
The encouraging figure is that the total value of March sales at $320.7 million was 20% higher over the same month in 2014. Sales of higher-priced superyachts over 80 feet were responsible for the increase. Volume in this segment rose by only a single vessel, but total price paid jumped from $52.4 million to $110.6 million. Average prices of boats smaller than 80 feet also increased significantly, rising to $96,000 from $88,000. Total value of powerboats sold rose 24% to $292 million from $235.1 million. The total value of boats under 26 feet also increased by 4%.
Sales volume among larger boats increased also in the 56- to 79-foot category with 61 boats sold, a gain of 5%. Total price paid also increased by 17% to $48.4 million. In the 46- to 55-foot category, sales increased 4% with 127 boats sold.
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