Boating Trends to Look for This Summer

The boating experience is constantly evolving as technology improves and personal tastes change. Just as it is in the fashion world, there are trends in the boating industry. Here is a look at what’s hot as we head into the 2018 boating season.

  1. Fishing

    According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 70 percent of boats will be used for fishing this summer. The NMMA also reports an expected four percent increase in saltwater fishing and a two percent increase in freshwater fishing. Therefore, fishing boats will drive sales for the foreseeable future.

  2. Blue on Blue

    Yes, blue is hot this summer as an exterior color. Boaters are looking for dark and soft blues that blend well with a variety of hues. They are also gravitating towards what is called “tone-on-tone,” which can mean painting the hull dark blue with the graphics in a lighter shade of blue. Crystal blue metallic is also a popular choice.

  3. Plugging In

    Whether it’s staying abreast of social media, texting or sharing photos on Facebook, boaters want more than ever to have their boats equipped with Bluetooth capabilities so they can share their experiences with friends and family.

  4. Easier Navigation

    Digital “joystick” piloting is all the rage. It provides more control over your boat’s movement and is ideal when wind and currents change abruptly. It also helps when you’re pulling into the dock.

  5. LED Lighting

    It’s energy efficient, can provide a warm glow that changes colors and sets a mood, and it will last for thousands of hours. It also maximizes your vision on night cruises.

  6. Vinyl is Back

    That is, textured vinyl for upholstery, usually in white, tan or gray. Accent colors ranging from electric blue to latte will add a touch of pizzazz.

  7. Goodbye Carpets

    There are now synthetic flooring options that offer the same quality but are easier to clean and dry faster. Faux Teak flooring is very popular. It is soft, non-stick and comes in brown or grey with black lines. Customized options include straight lines, diamond and hexagonal patterns.