NMMA’s 2021 U.S. Boating Statistical Abstract: Cruiser, Watersport, Fishing Boat, and Trailer Sales Report

The latest section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association's 2021 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract shows that boating and trailer sales have leveled off, but interest in boating is still booming.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced that the Cruiser, Watersport, Fishing Boat and Trailer Sales Trends section of its 2021 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available

The report examines retail sales trends of trailers, as well as new boats used for the three top boating activities: cruising, watersports, and fishing. Overall, sales declined compared to 2020 with watersport boats seeing the smallest decline of 0.3 percent; outboard cruiser sales increased 6 percent compared to 2020.

Other report insights include:

  • New cruiser sales declined 5. percent, primarily due to the decline in sales of sterndrive cruisers.
  • Pontoon boat sales declined 1.9 percent, reflecting supply chain bottlenecks.
  • Sales of saltwater and freshwater fishing boats combined declined 8.6 percent but remained 10 percent above the 14-year unit sales average.
  • Boat trailer sales declined 3.2 percent following nine consecutive years of growth.

NMMA members receive unlimited complimentary access to the digital versions of the annual U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract.


• The Pre-owned Boat Market section of NMMA’s 2021 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is available (click here). The report includes retail unit sales data, retail market values, average price information, and pre-owned boat sales trends from 2008-2021. For the second time in the last 14 years, pre-owned boat sales exceeded one million, reaching 1.15 million in 2021.

• The Boat and Engine Exports and Imports section of NMMA’s 2021 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is available (click here). This report examines 24 years of historical data on the different categories of recreational boats and marine engines imported to and exported from the U.S. each year. Data show U.S. exports of recreational boats and engines reached a 14-year high in 2021 with 133,011 boats shipped internationally and 132,874 engines exported.

Visit www.nmma.org/statistics or contact intel@nmma.org for more information.

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