2020 U.S. Boating Statistical Abstract: Cruiser, Watersport, Fishing Boat & Trailer Sales Trends Now Available

The Cruiser, Watersport, Fishing Boat & Trailer Sales Trends section of NMMA’s 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available on 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 (digital and printed) of the 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract will be available later this summer.

NMMA members receive unlimited complimentary access to the digital versions of the annual U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract. Bookmark www.nmma.org/statistics/publications/statistical-abstract 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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