Among the Study's most notable findings is that sailboat production in North America was off 7% in 2006, driven by losses in entry-level models under 12 feet in length. US and Canadian sailboat manufacturers produced 14,945 boats in 2006, marking one of the lowest totals since the late 1990s. There were bright spots in the year's results, however, as a number of size segments recorded gains. In fact, strong production increases in large boats over 36' moved the dollar value of North American sailboat production up 5% year over year, to an estimated total of $755 million. The Study's production data was provided by 128 sailboat builders in the US and Canada who voluntarily contributed their annual results in confidence to an independent market research firm retained by The Sailing Company.