In welcome news to those in the marine powersports industry, sales of boats in the third quarter of 2013 surged to higher than expected numbers.

Despite a slow spring season, the strong summer quarter pushed total sales to over 181,625 units, over 2,000 more than the year 2012. Industry analysts expect the year to finish out strong, putting total sales ahead of last year. This is encouraging news for those in the Marine Industry as 2012 was the first time sales have topped 200,000 since the “Great Recession” of 2009.

Last but not least PWC and ski boats boasted double digit gains as well. PWC saw gains of over 15%, pushing total sales to 15,467 units.

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