Boat sales climb in April

It was only April, but marine consumers had summer fun on their minds as sales of personal watercraft, jet boats and ski boats roared upward by margins ranging from 22 to 44 percent.

 

 

Sizable gains in all three categories helped propel sales industrywide to 15,180 boats, a gain of 17.6 percent from the same month last year, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen, national sales manager at Statistical Surveys Inc.

Sales of PWC rose 21.8 percent to 2,501, sales of ski boats rose 28.2 percent to 409, and sales of jet boats surged 44.3 percent to 329.

Another category that showed dramatic growth during the month was aluminum pontoon boats ranging from 16 to 99 feet. Pontoon sales climbed 37.7 percent, to 2,329 boats.

Aluminum boats have helped to lead the industry’s recovery for more than a year. Sales of aluminum fishing boats from 16 to 99 feet rose 12.8 percent to 2,589, and gains in the aluminum categories were a major factor as sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments rose 16.9 percent to 10,053 boats.

Sales in the high-volume 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass segment were up 14.5 percent at 3,032 boats, and sales in the core 14- to 30-foot fiberglass category rose 8.9 percent to 1,856 boats.

“April numbers continue to reinforce a moderate market recovery, with sterndrives included in the mix,” Rosen said. “Pontoons continue to set the bar as far as year-over-year growth with volume.”

The sales data for April were based on information from 28 early reporting states that represent about 59 percent of the U.S. boat market. April sales represent 12 to 13 percent of the year’s retail activity.

Reports of sales of documented vessels were complete only through April 10 because of data entry delays at the Coast Guard, Rosen said, which means sales totals for boats 30 feet and larger were significantly understated in the data.

Sales of 31- to 40-foot cruisers were listed at 129, down by 10 boats, or 7.2 percent, from April 2011, and sales of 41- to 62-foot yachts dropped by nine boats, or 8.3 percent, to 100. There were 18 reported sales of 63- to 99-foot semicustom and custom yachts, two more than in April of 2011.

“Cruisers appear to be lagging the market, but as the Coast Guard continues to catch up, even the cruisers and big boats appear to be gaining ground,” Rosen said.

Sailboat sales rose 17.5 percent to 168 boats.

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— Jack Atzinger

Viking 41 Convertible 1988 – Great Value

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New tests raise questions about E15

 

The marine industry’s opposition to the distribution of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol received a boost this week.

 

 

Engine durability tests by the Coordinating Research Council, which studies the interaction of engines and petroleum products, found leaks from uneven valve seat wear and pittage in two of eight 2001-09 vehicle engines run for 500 hours on an E15 fuel blend, the organization supported by the American Petroleum Institute and automobile manufacturers said.

The news was in an article published Wednesday at the Oil & Gas Journal website that was retweeted earlier this morning by National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich fromGasBuddy.com.

The NMMA and other industry groups oppose E15, saying it can too easily find its way into boat and other engines for which it was not designed. Studies have shown that E15 can harm marine engines.

“There are a minimum 5 million engines on the road today with characteristics similar to the ones that failed,” API president Jack N. Gerard told reporters during a teleconference on Wednesday. “It’s not like we’re talking about prospective application. We’re applying this to the fleet that’s on the road today. We believe our estimate is conservative.”

The test results confirm that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prematurely approved E15 for use in 2001 model year or newer cars and light trucks before the Coordinating Research Council could complete its tests, added Michael J. Stanton, president of Global Automakers, and Mitch Bainwol, president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

“Policy goals are being advanced by putting consumers at risk,” Bainwol suggested. “Now we have material evidence that validates our concern.”

 

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CRC tests reveal valve seat damage in some vehicles from E15

Engine durability tests by the Coordinating Research Council, which studies the interaction of engines and petroleum products, found leaks from uneven valve seat wear and pittage in two of eight 2001-09 vehicle engines run for 500 hr on a 15% ethanol-85% gasoline fuel blend, the organization supported by the American Petroleum Institute and automobile manufacturers said.

“There are a minimum 5 million engines on the road today with characteristics similar to the ones that failed,” API Pres. Jack N. Gerard told reporters during a May 16 teleconference. “It’s not like we’re talking about prospective application. We’re applying this to the fleet that’s on the road today. We believe our estimate is conservative.”

The test results confirm that the US Environmental Protection Agency prematurely approved E15 for use in 2001 model year or newer cars and light trucks before CRC could complete its tests, added Michael J. Stanton, president of Global Automakers, and Mitch Bainwol, president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. “Policy goals are being advanced by putting consumers at risk,” Bainwol suggested. “Now we have material evidence that validates our concern.”

Former CRC Chairman Mike Leister, who also participated in the teleconference, said that stakeholders concerned with potential impacts from mid-ethanol fuel blends discussed the initial design of CRC’s research with EPA and kept the federal environmental regulator updated as the studies progressed. “One of the problems with EPA rushing to a solution was that it knew our research wasn’t complete yet,” he said.

Test specifics

Leister said the test cycle used a standard that original equipment manufacturers use to test their products. It was not designed to duplicate a vehicle’s full life as it is normally driven because that would take 15-20 years, but accelerated the process in a harder manner by running each of the eight engines for 500 hr to approximate 100,000 miles, he explained.

The two engines that had problems were from newer vehicles, he said. “We believe that because of the metallurgy that’s involved, similar vehicles would have the same problems,” Leister said. “We’re concerned with cars that are rolling off assembly lines now. A few manufacturers warranty their cars for E15, but most don’t. Some even have E15 warning labels on the gas caps.”

Gerard said EPA cites US Department of Energy catalyst research to justify its E15 waivers, but added that catalysts are just one part of a vehicle which would come in contact with the fuel blend. “While EPA had once supported comprehensive testing similar to what CRC has been doing, including engine testing, it ignored the CRC test programs,” he said.

API and other organizations sued in 2011 to get EPA to reverse the E15 waivers in a case that’s now before appellate court, he noted. “The test results we’re announcing today should make clear to everyone that our concerns were valid,” Gerard maintained.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

‘Swamp People’ star Mitchell Guist dies

“Swamp People” star Mitchell Guist, right, died Monday in Louisiana. He is pictured here with his brother Glenn.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
“Mitchell passed on the swamp, doing what he loved,” the History Channel says
He fell on a boat and may have had a seizure, a sheriff says
“Swamp People” chronicles the lives of alligator hunters in Louisiana
(CNN) — Mitchell Guist, a star of the reality TV show “Swamp People,” died Monday in Louisiana.
He was aboard a boat near Belle River Landing in the southern part of the state when he appeared to have a seizure, said Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack, citing an unidentified man who was with Guist.
The reality show star then fell on the boat.
The man who was with Guist towed both his boat and Guist’s boat back to the landing, called 911 and performed CPR, said Waguespack.
Guist was transferred to the Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City, where he was pronounced dead.
“We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the ‘Swamp People’ family, Mitchell Guist, has passed away earlier today. Mitchell passed on the swamp, doing what he loved. We appreciate your respect for the Guist family’s privacy and hope you join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to his brother, Glenn, and the rest of the Guist family,” the History Channel said in a statement.
Glenn Guist is also a cast member on the show.
“Swamp People” is the popular History Channel TV series that chronicles the lives of alligator hunters in Louisiana.

Catch a Viking Star

Catch a Viking star

 

The Salt Tales, a Viking 42 Open is an official Hollywood debutant, ah, make that a Real Housewives of New Jersey debutant after a cameo appearance on Sunday, April 22 in the Season Four premiere of the popular Bravo television show. Although no call backs about its appearance have yet occurred, we understand Salt Tales’ owners Ken and Deb Hirsekorn, shown here before fame came to town, are considering their options and have signed on as the boat’s manager and agent respectively.