Spanish market continues to surge with double-digit registration growth in most sectors
Spain’s boat registrations have continued their upward trend for the year, with registrations up 13% on 2019 for the period from January-September, heralding what promises to be a bumper domestic show season with the Barcelona Boat Show scheduled to run next week, followed by the Valencia show at the end of the month.
From January to the end of September of this year, 6,258 pleasure boats have been registered in Spain, compared to the 5,525 registered in the same period of 2019 and the 4,786 reached in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic. Of the total registrations, 70.4% correspond to boats for private use and 29.6% to boats destined for charter.
Carlos Sanlorenzo, secretary-general of ANEN, says: “The 2022 season is presented with good expectations, national tourism has incorporated ‘nautical tourism’ among the options that have grown the most in the last two years and we hope to recover the flow of tourists soon, and to overcome the current lack of supplies, which is causing delays in the deliveries of pleasure boats in certain markets, to meet the growing demand.”
In comparison with 2019, smaller boats, up to 8m, continue to be the most in-demand (87% of the market) and registered a growth in registrations of 11%. The segment from 8m-12m (9% of the market) grew a significant 26% compared to January-September 2019. Lengths from 12m-16m also saw a strong 13% rise (3.1% of the market). Vessels over 16m (just 1% of the market), saw the registering of 59 units, a growth of 13.5% compared to the same period in 2019.
Motorboats remain the most popular making up 43.8% of the market, and saw registration growth of 18%. PWCs represent 27.5% of the market, and saw a significant rise, with 28.2% more registrations compared to the same period in 2019. That growth in particular suggests the segment is through the worst of the supply issues that had held back registrations in previous months.
The semi-rigid and folding inflatable boat sectors, however, appear to still be feeling the impact of the supply bottlenecks – registrations for semi-rigid boats grew only marginally (1.9%) and dropped marginally (-0.2%) for small folding inflatables.
Sailboat registrations (7.7% of the market) continue to grow above average (39.2%).
The rental market grew by 22.6% up to the end of September compared to the same period of 2019, with 1,854 registrations of pleasure boats destined for charter, which represent 29.6% of the total registered recreational boat registrations in Spain.