As Boat Ownership Interest Increases, Local Guide Provides Tips for Those Purchasing Their First Boat
Fargo, ND — With more people seeking outdoor recreational opportunities this past year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that consumer demand for new boats spiked across the nation in 2020. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the retail unit sales of new powerboats in the United States increased by an estimated 12 percent compared to 2019. More than 310,000 new powerboats were sold this past year, which is a level the recreational boating industry has not seen since before the great recession in 2008. Boat sales are expected to continue to do well in 2021 as well as manufacturers continue to fill a backlog of orders from 2020.
This weekend, the Fargodome will host their 29th annual Red River Valley Boat and Marine Products Show and it’s a great opportunity for potential new boat owners to get up close and personal with latest watercraft. Jerod Newgaard of Fishing North Dakota Guide Service, this week’s guest on the R & J Outdoor Show, shared some helpful tips for those who may be purchasing a boat for the first time. He noted that more important that the boat itself is finding a dealer with reputable service department.
And although they may be difficult to find this year, Newgard says you can save some serious money by purchasing a carryover model.
Sales of fishing and pontoon boats accounted for 50% of new powerboats sold in 2020, and were up 12% from the year prior. Wake boats, which are often used for wakeboarding and water skiing, were up 20% in 2020. Personal watercraft, such as jet skiis, also saw an increase of 8% this past year.
The Red River Valley Boat Show runs Friday through Sunday at the Fargodome.
You can listen to the full interview with Jerod Newgard during the R & J Outdoors Show this Sunday morning at 6am on 106.5 KRJB.