"The 2021 boating season has been one of the best in many years, surpassing the turnover of 2019, with a 13% growth in recreational boat registrations up to the end of September. The sector is strong and boating is booming all over the world, and Spain is in tune with this trend. This is a fact that is reflected in the autumn boat shows, where the purchase intention of visitors is real and sales are at their best for years"., Carlos Sanlorenzo, ANEN C.O.E.
The nautical market reaches September with figures 13% higher than the number of recreational boat registrations in the same period (January-September) of 2019. From January to the end of September this year, 6,258 recreational boats have been registered in Spain, compared to the 5,525 registered in the same period in 2019 and the 4,786 reached in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. Of the total registered registrations, 70.4% correspond to boats for private use and 29.6% to boats for nautical charter.
These are the data collected in the "Informe del mercado de embarcaciones de recreo enero-septiembre 2021", published by ANEN based on data provided by the Directorate General of the Merchant Navy.
Nautical tourism is facing the best scenario for growth since before the 2008 crisis. "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 are confident that we will soon recover the flow of foreign tourists and overcome the current lack of supplies, which is causing delays in the delivery of pleasure boats in certain markets, to meet the growing demand," says Carlos Sanlorenzo,C.E.O ANEN.
NATIONAL MARINE MARKET DATA
By length, all segments grew in the year-to-date.
In the comparison with 2019, smaller boats, up to 8 metres in length, continue to be the most in demand (87% of the nautical market) and register a growth in registrations of 11%. The segment between 8 and 12 metres in length accounts for 9% of the market and is growing by 26% compared to the January-September 2019 period. Lengths between 12 and 16 metres registered 13% more units and represent 3.1% of the nautical market. Larger vessels, over 16 metres (representing 1% of the nautical market), registered 59 units in the period analysed and recorded a growth of 13.5% compared to the same period in 2019.
|Lenght||2019||2020||2021||%^19||% ^ 20||%19/Tot.||%20/Tot.||%21/Tot.|
|Up to 6 m||3.876||3.419||4.386||13,2%||28,3%||70,2%||71,4%||70,1%|
|From 6 to 8 m||990||861||1.071||8,2%||24,4%||17,9%||18,0%||17,1%|
|From 8 to12 m||436||351||549||25,9%||56,4%||7,9%||7,3%||8,8%|
|From 12 to 16 m||171||116||193||12,9%||66,4%||3,1%||2,4%||3,1%|
|Over 16 m||52||39||59||13,5%||51,3%||0,9%||0,8%||0,9%|
According to type of vessels
In relation to the 2019 data, before the pandemic, motorboats remain in first position as the most demanded (43.8% of the market) and register a growth in registrations of 18%. Jet skis, the next market with the highest demand (27.5% of the market) recover registrations and reach 28.2% more registrations up to September than in the same period of 2019.
Sailboat registrations (7.7% of the marine market) continue to grow above average (39.2%). And semi-rigid and folding inflatable boats, most affected along with jet skis by the lack of supplies, fall in registrations, in the case of folding boats (-0.2) and grow by only 1.9% in the case of semi-rigid boats.
|Market||2019||2020||2021||%^19||% ^ 20||%19/Tot.||%20/Tot.||%21/Tot.|
|NEUMATICS SEMI RIGID||723||540||737||1,9%||36,5%||13,1%||11,3%||11,8%|
The charter market grew by 22.6% up to September this year compared to the same period in 2019, with 1,854 registrations of recreational boats destined for charter, accounting for 29.6% of total recreational boat registrations recorded in Spain.