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hauptjm posted 05-24-2001 10:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for hauptjm  
For What it's worth, here are the stats on the last four years for outboard sales by State. Maybe when purchasing your next motor, go where the volume and competition is. All numbers are per the National Marine Manufacturers Association.


2000 1999 1998 1997
Florida Florida Florida Florida
Texas Texas Texas Texas
Louisiana Minnesota Minnesota Louisiana
N.Carolina Michigan Louisiana Michigan
Minnesota Louisiana Michigan Minnesota

hauptjm posted 05-24-2001 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Well my formatting leaves alot to be desired, but basically with the exception of N. Carolina knocking Michigan out of the top 5 last year, the top 5 are: Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota and Michigan. Is anyone else surprised that California doesn't make this list? In fact, they tend to be down towards the bottom of the top 10. Again, for whatever it's worth, maybe it will help.
lhg posted 05-24-2001 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I figured out years ago that Florida's THE place to buy almost anything new in Marine - boats, engines, trailers, accessories. If you can't go there to pick it up, have it shipped, or at least use those prices as negotiation points.

I just bought a set of Merc props and saved over $200 by using a FL dealership, who UPS'd them to me in less than 4 days.

When I bought my Outrage 25 new in 1989, I saved over $5000 on the package price by buying in FL compared to the best price I could find elsewhere.

As you would expect, if you want to SELL anything Marine, especially used, FL in NOT the place to do it! This applies to autos also. Anybody who has driven to FL has seen the numerous auto carriers taking FL used cars up north for sale, where they will command a higher price.

hauptjm posted 05-25-2001 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Larry, you're on the mark on this one. I just got back from Miami a few days ago, and the boat market is a buyers dream. As an aside, the stats that I referred to have Florida besting the results of number two Texas by almost three times the volume of sales/dollars. And Texas was 20-30% ahead of whomever was number three (on average). I would like to know what the marine industry means to Florida in terms of their overall economy. I'll bet it's more than we even think.
andygere posted 05-25-2001 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'm not surprised by the low outboard sales volume in California. In CA, there is not a lot of protected saltwater, nor is there an abundance of freshwater lakes near population centers. This means that saltwater boats tend to be bigger, thus more inboards. Our recent weekend on the Delta (quasi-fresh water) revealed that the most popular boat style tended to be Malibu/Mastercraft inboard ski boats, followed by ridiculously overpowered go-fast inboards. Finally, the surf is so good here, many of us are saving gas by letting nature provide the horsepower. Of course when the waves do go flat, I'm always thankful for my reliable, easy to launch Montauk.

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