A growing number of Americans are looking towards the water during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is great news for the boat industry. From the East Coast to the West Coast, boat dealers are experiencing a record number of sales. There are also waiting lists for marina slips. A recent study showed that more than 70% of boat dealers are either out of boats or have very few left in stock because sales are at historic highs. Why is this? People are looking for outdoor activities to do while social distancing.
Boats come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can find a simple aluminum fishing boat with an outboard engine for $10k, while a luxury cruiser could cost up to $900k. This provides plenty of options for boaters who are interested in a variety of activities.
From California to Florida, boat sales have increased dramatically over the past few months. Even people who have never driven a boat are looking to buy one. This raises concerns unrelated to COVID-19. The United States Coast Guard strongly recommends safety classes for new boaters, but they’re not being held in-person because of the pandemic. Some boaters have resorted to courses online. However, it’s to be decided if these courses are as effective as in-person classes.
If you’ve resorted to boating as your quarantine activity of choice, make sure you’re informed and able to keep yourself and others safe! Know the rules and regulations before you hit the water, and have fun.