Boat sales up in Florida
During this tough economy, a lot of people are now trying to get back on the items of big ticket so they’ll be able to stretch the dollars even further. 1 exception for this rule, especially for Florida – is recreational boats. Economic waters are little choppy now but still setting the sail.
Association of National Marine Manufacturers says that the sales went up by 6 percent for the year 2011. It was first increase of this industry since the year 2006. Florida has accounted for about $1.5 billion dollars of these sales, up by 35 percent over the year 2010. Rick Johnson along with Gulf Marine, a boat dealer says that people are pent up, they have sat back, they have watched. It does not really look as it world is going to end and hence people are getting out with their families.
Bubba Hart from Harts Marine says that the sales are pretty strong for their end too. The banks are now freeing up a little in terms of financing, the sales of new, Used boats are increasing and so are the sales of old boats. The sales of engine are increasing and the service too is going pretty well. Hart likes in a really beautiful place and people are getting back on water readily.
People such as Adam Carter, now first time owner of a boat. He bought a boat recently, posting its pictures proudly at his page of Facebook. He said that he has been waiting for a long tiem to purchase a boat and he has also done a lot of research about it. He went from 2-3 different places to find the right boat. He then ended up at ‘Key West’17 foot, which cost around $7,000. But he says that there will be an opportunity for setting sail on the new adventures along with his three year old is now priceless. He just wanted an heritage of growing on Gulf Coast, & fishing & spending some time on water, which is 1 of things that is really special about the region, says Carter.