Info-link: U.S. Small Cruiser Market Snapshot

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Small Cruisers are fiberglass, inboard, outboard and stern drive, boats that are between 22’ and 26’ in length. They typically have at least some creature comforts or amenities. They are common in both salt and freshwater environments and are usually used for general recreation and relaxation.


Here’s a quick summary:

  • There are currently just under 400,000 small cruisers registered in the U.S., approximately 45% of which were purchased new or pre-owned during the past 5 years.
  • The average small cruiser is 21 years old and roughly 10,000 of them are being retired from the fleet each year.
  • Last year, 86% of all small cruisers were purchased pre-owned (14% New).
  • Roughly one third (34%) of the people that purchased small cruisers in 2019 were first-time-boat buyers and 31% of them own another boat (including PWC).

Small cruiser buyers tend to be well established. 81% of them are over 40 years-old; almost all own their home; and they have usually lived there for a while.

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