Inders Marineland owner Gary Inder had a bumper selling season.
A Gore businessman has been having a bumper sales season in recreational boats and caravans, something he had not experienced he bought the company from his father in 1987.
Inders Marineland owner Gary Inder said the interest rose straight after the first lockdown in 2020.
“We have sold an awful lot of boats … to guys who have never boated before. I think the lakes are getting more crowded.”
TradeMe motor sales director Jayme Fuller said presently caravans were the second most searched for item on TradeMe, behind unwanted gifts.
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“We suspect lots of people will see them while they’re out and about over summer and think: “I wonder how much one of those would set me back…”
“In December, caravan sales by auction saw a 30 per cent increase when compared with the same month in 2019,” Fuller said.
Boat sales have also been booming on the site since Covid-19, she said.
“… in December we saw a 14 per cent increase in the number of boats sold by auction when compared with the same month in 2019,” Fuller said.
There are almost 1000 caravans on sale on the site and over 8500 boats and jetskis.
Stabicraft chief executive David Glen at the factory in Invercargill. [File photo]
Stabicraft chief executive David Glen said since Covid-19 struck in New Zealand around March 2020, there had been strong growth in orders.
“The reality is that we cannot produce enough boats to meet demand, but the positive thing is we’ve managed to increase our production substantially for the last two years,” Glen said.
In 2020, Stabicraft delivered 705 boats to eager customers and in 2021 they sold a total of 1150 boats.
“I mean boatyards and dealers across New Zealand and Australia and the US are generally struggling to hold stock on the yard because boats are sold before they arrive,” he said.
The marine industry was in extraordinary times with such huge demand, but on the flip side the manufacturing side of things had been difficult due to issues with sourcing materials and parts, Glen said.