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NJ Recreational Boating Decline

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

Garden State Recreational boaters have decreased 50% within the last 10 years.

Whether it’s from Hurricane Sandy or economic finances, it seems that marine businesses are the ones suffering the most from this decline.

Jerry Tipton from Trenton Marine Center said, “After we hit the ‘08 wall, it really just dropped next to nothing as far as new boat sales go and we eventually got out of new boat sales and went to broker sales to make the business survive.”

As far as performance boats such as Fountains, Formula, and Formula Thunderbirds, the Marine Center was top for sales. Now, current sales are only at about 10% compared to how they were doing 10 years ago with 10% of the workforce that was previously hired.

Tipton has bought a Marine Center to Toms River, New Jersey in hopes to expand the business and bring himself closer to his clients. “The Toms River location affords Trenton, another footprint on the Jersey Coast that it never had. And probably if I had it in Toms River 10 years ago instead of today, I’d still be cranking out new boats and been a happy camper.” He said.

Manasquan, New Jersey has about half of the boaters now than they did 10 years ago. Melissa Dank with the Marine Trade Association of New Jersey says it may not just be from Hurricane Sandy and the economy. “I think there are a thousand factors aging out of the industry which is a national concern. We’re not the only state that’s dealing with boaters getting older and the struggle to attract new people out on the water, which is something that our industry, nationally, is working hard to do and us here in New Jersey are working hard to do that as well.” She said.

Danko also adds that she thinks a great way to recruit new boaters can go as far as simple exposure to water.

For those interested in getting on the water, but financial concerns are the main reason for holding you back from boating recreationally, there are opportunities to bargain prices on some of the boats that were flooded from Hurricane Sandy and have been fixed up. You should ask your local boat dealer about those options.

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