Indiana boat business see coronavirus business boost

Many Hoosiers have taken up boating as a way to safely enjoy the summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Jul 25, 2020 2:32 PM

MISHAWAKA, Ind (AP) — Many Hoosiers have taken up boating as a way to safely enjoy the summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Northern Indiana manufacturers of RVs and recreational boats are struggling to keep up with demand after being closed earlier this year, the South Bend Tribune reported.

“I’ve been in this industry for about 15 years, and I don’t ever remember it being this busy,” said Jeff Roth, vice president of marketing at Barletta Boat Co. in Bristol. “The demand for boating and the boating lifestyle is out of control.”

Barletta recently announced it would begin operations in January in a new $7 million production facility, creating 250 new jobs.

Scott Gayman and his wife Merale bought a new boat since they wouldn’t be able to travel too much this summer.

The family’s new Sweetwater pontoon is docked in Mishawaka.

“We’ve become a lot more popular,” Gayman said. “It gives us something we can all do as a family.”

Figures from the National Marine Manufacturers Association show that new boat sales jumped significantly as states began easing coronavirus travel and business restrictions in May.

“Total sales in May were the highest they’ve been in a decade with upticks across all segments compared to April,” said Sarah Salvatori, a spokeswoman for the association. “The new data indicates a very positive start to the summer boating season, with increases in new boat sales across all major segments. The last time we saw such strong sales in a single month was back in 2007.”

Stevens Marine in Michigan City doesn’t sell new boats, but business is on the rise with the sell of used boats and repair services for those with personal watercraft.

“People were locked down for so long,” owner Harry Stevens said. “So once they opened up the marinas, a lot of people wanted to jump in a boat.”

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 996341

Reported Deaths: 16245
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Marion1343262101
Lake658231151
Allen57160791
Hamilton45963460
St. Joseph43954607
Elkhart35546503
Vanderburgh31975473
Tippecanoe27694256
Johnson24821440
Hendricks23647353
Porter22735362
Madison18538404
Clark18383248
Vigo17274300
Monroe15117197
LaPorte14987249
Delaware14931256
Howard14574286
Kosciusko12166147
Hancock11597175
Bartholomew11447179
Warrick11225188
Floyd10983214
Wayne10840248
Grant9898217
Morgan9361176
Boone8819115
Dubois8210129
Dearborn815492
Henry8107150
Noble7944106
Marshall7786134
Cass7462119
Lawrence7379168
Shelby7115114
Jackson691788
Gibson6480113
Harrison641591
Huntington630299
Knox6269105
DeKalb623796
Montgomery6184109
Miami586595
Putnam573477
Clinton567171
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Steuben550473
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Newton155648
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Martin137319
Switzerland133911
Warren120116
Union106615
Ohio84012
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1494160

Reported Deaths: 23327
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Franklin1623021662
Cuyahoga1442512412
Hamilton1042291409
Montgomery729771240
Summit607921094
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Butler50923707
Stark457361053
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Delaware23920162
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Greene22014311
Medina21673305
Clark19567349
Richland18260280
Portage17616247
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Allen15672269
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Wayne13538263
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Pickaway11264141
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Ross10425196
Lawrence9638137
Hancock9504149
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Belmont9086197
Geauga8795157
Jefferson8455191
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Union809156
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Athens767072
Knox7571138
Darke7530151
Seneca7184144
Ashland6776125
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Mercer606793
Defiance6059102
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Clinton575190
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Preble5640121
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Williams516784
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Morrow449056
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Henry357171
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Wyandot316561
Carroll295459
Paulding275145
Meigs257849
Monroe212153
Noble195646
Morgan190132
Harrison177842
Vinton161724
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