2020 US Boating Statistical Abstract for cruiser, watersport and fishing boat sales trends available

Published On: June 29, 2021

The Cruiser, Watersport, Fishing Boat & Trailer Sales Trends section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available on www.nmma.org. This report examines retail sales trends of new boats commonly used for three top boating activities: cruising, watersports and fishing.

Key insights from the report include:

  • Retail sales of new cruisers reached a twelve-year high in 2020, up 19.5% compared to 2019, due to sales gains both in sterndrive cruisers and outboard cruisers.
  • Sales of new boats typically used for watersports rose 12.8% in 2020, surpassing the 2007 sales level for the first time.
  • Increased sales of pontoon boats (up 17.3%), personal watercraft (up 8.3%) and inboard wake sport boats (up 21.4%) were the major contributors to the spike in watersport boat sales in 2020.
  • New fishing boat sales were up 10.3% in 2020, the highest annual sales total since 2007.

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