Leisure boat engines are internal combustion engines used to power leisure boats (also known as pleasure crafts) such as power boats and yachts. The engine is a primary system for any self-propelled boat. Leisure boat engines may be powered by gasoline, diesel, or other alternative fuels. Each type of fuel offers a specific advantage over another, depending upon the applications and boat type. Leisure boats are widely popular for family outings, personal use, fishing, and recreational sports. These boats are usually used in and around lakes, bay areas, local rivers, and other water bodies.
Advancement in technology, rise in public spending, increase in disposable income, growth in economies, and expansion in the tourism industry are expected to propel the demand for leisure boats, thus directly creating substantial opportunities for leisure and recreational boat engine manufacturers. Furthermore, the rise in usage of leisure boats for offshore fishing activities, family outings, and adventure boating is anticipated to boost the demand for leisure boat engines. However, implementation of stringent regulations on emissions and pollutants, which emanate from these engines, is hampering the market. Furthermore, safety is another key factor that influences the market dynamics. Fuel storage and handling on board is also of major concern. Thus, renewable alternatives such as hybrids are in the development phase.
Based on the boat type, the leisure boat engine market can be segmented into powerboats, power yachts, sailboats, and other motorized leisure boats. The powerboats segments is anticipated to account for substantial share, especially in coastal regions of the U.S. and Europe. In terms of fuel type, the market can be divided into gasoline, diesel, and other fuels. The gasoline variant is largely used is smaller sized boats, while diesel is preferred in larger boats. Based on the position of engine, the leisure boat engine market can be bifurcated into inboard engine and outboard engine. Outboard engine is widely used as it is easy to steer. It can also be completely lifted out of water when not in use. Based on the engine power output, the leisure boat engine market can be classified into up to 30 HP, 30 to 60 HP, 60 to 150 HP, and 150 HP & above. In terms of volume i.e. number of units, the up to 30 HP segment is anticipated to hold substantial market share; however, in terms of revenue, the other segments are anticipated to offer better growth opportunities in the global market.
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In terms of geography, the global leisure boat engine market can be classified into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America and Europe are the major markets for leisure boat engine, led by the presence of key leisure boat manufacturers such as Bayliner, Brunswick Boat Group, and Everglades Boats. Asia Pacific is also a prominent region of the leisure boat engine market owing to the rise in disposal income and spending, which has led to the production of new leisure boats in the region. Demand for leisure boats in tourist destinations of the world such as Dubai, Thailand, Australia, and South Africa is anticipated to increase significantly in the near future.
Major players operating in the global leisure boat engine market include Brunswick Corporation, Yanmar, Volvo Penta, PCM Engines, Cummins, Barrus, and Caterpillar. These companies hold significant share of the leisure boat engine market. Thus, the leisure boat engine market is highly consolidated and experiences intense competition.