Lincoln boat store feeling effects of severe boating shortage nationwide
They're calling it an industry wide shortage in boats and all the accessories that come with it.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Premier Boating Center in Lincoln has had a hard time keeping boats in stock since the pandemic because of increased demand and a severe shortage in materials.
“With COVID and the lack of traveling, people are spending more time at home and on the lakes,” Kevin Brenden, the owner said. “It’s a good way to get away, but it has created a bottleneck where the factories cant get the product they need to build the boats, so they cant get the boats to me.”
They’re calling it an industry wide shortage in boats and all the accessories that come with it. What started as a six to eight week lead time for boats in years past, is now six months.
“Because of the short supply, people were traveling long distance to buy boats,” Brenden said. “I was selling boats to people in Montana, Arizona, Texas, because I had what they wanted and I was the closest dealership.”
All types of boats have been selling out quickly, specifically by first time boat buyers. Life jackets, electronics for boats and propellers are flying off of the shelves at Premier Boating Center and have been for the last year. Brenden said he watched his inventory disappear and due to the shortage, couldn’t get any more product back in.
“Just everything to do with any kind of metals, there’s short supply, and prices are going up,” Brenden said.
The supply and demand issue makes for the perfect storm and a higher price tag. Brenden believes his store along with other boating businesses across the country will have yet another busy year.