Someone posted in a boating related Facebook page that boat sales are so strong this summer that people are having a hard time finding a boat to buy! I started looking at boat dealer lots as I drive around and noticed that the lots that were full just a few months ago are now nearly empty. My local dealer’s website shows almost no inventory (new or used). I expected the opposite given the economy and uncertainty.
Has anyone else noticed this? Any idea why the sales are so strong during the pandemic?
We're getting ready to take Beachcomber down the Columbia, around the coast of WA and to Seattle to list her with a broker. In talks with him over the past couple of weeks he has said a few times that this is like "a boat show every day". He's been a broker for many years and has never seen a sales environment like what he's seeing now.
Truck inventories are also very low right now. My thinking would be that with everything going on right now would be a good time to scoop up a deal on a new truck but i have not found that to be true. Early on there were some deals but not so much currently.
Boats, campers, trucks, racecar parts are all blowing out record numbers.
We bought the camper and in the process perused some of the dealers. The big ones were packed with people buying them. Low rates and the reality of limited travel options likely spurred that on. There is a shortage as now they are having trouble finding some components at the mfg level like axles.
I've seen a lot of new 70k trucks towing 100k boats at the ramps this year. Sadly, most of the owners are too inconsiderate to realize they should pull out of the way when they retrieve their boat and thus block the ramps.
I have a friend that owns a racecar parts business. Their sales are through the roof as well. Certain parts of the consumption economy will have a banner year.
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