2013 Sailing Industry Study
The annual report from the Sailing Company—publisher of Sailing World and Cruising World— includes studies on the bareboat charter industry, North American import sailboats, and North American sailing industries.
Cruising World sponsors an annual study of the North American sailing industry along with its sister publication Sailing World. Working with independent market researcher Rick Walter, we survey over 200 sailboat builders, importers, and bareboat charter companies each year to compile annual statistics on the sailing market. The results of the 2013 study were released in February during the Miami International Boat Show. Domestic sailboat production was up 10 percent in 2012 vs. 2011, the first uptick in 12 years. Bareboat charters booked out of the North American market were also up, about 4 percent over the year before. The only downward trend occurred among sailboat importers, who reported only 195 sailboats over 20 feet in 2012, a 17 percent decrease compared to 2011’s 236 units.
Click here to read the complete PDF of the State of the Sailing Industry Report.