LEWISVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has North Texans wanting to get out and onto the water. However a ship scarcity, which seems to be a byproduct of the pandemic, has residents staying on land.
Chad Chaney drove from Forney to Lewisville along with his daughter simply to put eyes on a brand new boat much like one he ordered again in January and nonetheless gained’t get for a number of extra months.
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“It’s very robust. Everyone’s excited and ready for the brand new boat. Hopefully it’ll be right here quickly,” Chaney stated.
The boat Chaney obtained to admire has one other proprietor, who additionally ordered it months in the past, ready to choose it up.
In actual fact, each new boat on Phil Smith’s lot is spoken for now that watercraft gross sales are up 34% this 12 months, in response to the Nationwide Marine Producers Affiliation.
Smith owns Buxton Marine, which is one in every of a number of dealerships alongside what’s referred to as a nautical mile on I-35 close to Lewisville Lake the place the showrooms are surprisingly empty with boat season simply getting began.
“Everyone seems to be bought out of their stock. Everyone is bought out of the brand new boats. They’ve only a few out there. It’s only a actually attention-grabbing time we reside in proper now,” Smith stated.
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Smith stated he would normally have 20 to 30 new boats on his lot. Each new boat that arrives already has an proprietor who bought it sight unseen.
Why are boat gross sales booming? It’s not a straightforward query to reply. However sellers stated they provide a number of issues individuals rising from the pandemic are in search of.
“I feel it’s a mixture of individuals rediscovering what they will do with their household and in addition a mixture of individuals popping out of the pandemic and desirous to do issues,” Smith stated.
Provide can be low due to a manufacturing shutdown final 12 months.
There are nonetheless used boats out there for these in search of one to journey on space lakes this summer time.
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However these available in the market for a brand new one are being informed as of Friday, Could 7, that it wouldn’t arrive earlier than September.