June 2015 experienced the best overall sales volume for boats sold by brokers in eight years. During the month, 3,649 boats were sold, representing a 3 percent rise in sales, the best figure since June 2007. The only month that experienced better overall sales was May 2014 with 3,661 boats exchanging hands.
An area experiencing significant gains was the 25- to 35-foot category, rising 12 percent over June 2014. Total value of June sales was $413 million, down 15 percent over a year earlier, but when the value of superyachts was excluded, aggregate sales value increased by 20 percent. Unit sales of power and sailboats increased 3 percent during the month, with 3,084 powerboats and 565 sailboats sold. Values decreased 5 percent, from $43 to $41 million.
Another segment experiencing growth was boats 56 to 79 feet with a 40 percent volume increase with 102 boats sold. Other market segments were level or experienced declines. Sales slipped most among boats 46 to 55 feet, with a 15 percent decline to 169 boats sold.
In the superyacht category, 18 boats were sold in June 2014 for a total of $185. Two additional boats were sold in 2015, but the collective value was only $54 million. Year-to-date overall sales decreased 2 percent, with 15,917 boats exchanging hands in the first half of 2014 and 15,582 sold during the same period this year.
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