Washington Boat Sales Data
With access to raw boat titling data, Washington Sea Grant has been keeping track of boat sales in the state. The data include information about powered vessels and sailboats whose titles have been recently issued or transferred.
This information is downloaded from the Washington Department of Licensing (DoL) electronic database and can be used by state officials to more authoritatively site pump-out stations for boaters’ waste, target prevention program strategies for small oil spills and validate demand for new in-water moorage or dry-stack storage throughout Washington.
A new data contract between the University of Washington and the Department of Licensing (DoL) begun in December 2016 has markedly improved the quality of the data we receive and, consequently, the accuracy of sales numbers reported on this website since DoL launched their new DRIVES vehicle and vessel titling and registration program.
However, the vessel characteristics reported to DoL by owners and licensing agents as boats are first registered or re-registered have changed, and not all are directly comparable with those reported under their “legacy” system that DRIVES has replaced. For example, the old “Propulsion Type” descriptor has been expanded and split into “Propulsion” and “Engine Drive” descriptors. A comparison of legacy and DRIVES vessel descriptors (pdf) is available for download.
Please note that some coding errors may occur as licensing agents learn how to operate in the DRIVES environment. These can be expected to diminish as experience is gained.