Good news/bad news!
A syndicated report in the Bangkok Post quotes the National Maritime Association (USA) as saying sales, in the US, of new recreational powerboats are expected to improve by 10% in 2013.
Powerboats in the 25'- 30' range are plurry expensive and, unlike cruising boats, represent a true unnecessary luxury rather than a necessity of chosen lifestyle, as in the cruising market.
If this report is true, it heralds the turnaround in the fortunes of boat manufacturers in the US. If people are expected to buy new powerboats in significantly increased numbers, there will be, at the very least, an equal rise in demand for good cruising boats also.
This augers well for those who are waiting to sell their existing boats, but it foreshadows the end of the goodtimes for those who are in the market for a good cruising boat.
If you are considering the purchase of a cruising boat and are shopping in the US, don't drag your feet for much longer. Prices will rise and stock will be reduced commensurate with increased demand.
That's what I reckon anyway.
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!