Apartment dwellers, home renters or homeowners may not see the entire economy moving in their favor, but there is a glimpse of hope in the world of 15-foot and over boats (and outboards), according to story in BoatingIndustry.com. Or maybe it’s just that hope associated with fishermen–they still want to go.

While sterndrives and ski boat sales are down and continue in that direction, the power boat/fishing boat stats are seemingly on the upswing.

No, the surge isn’t dramatic (you can ask your local bass boat dealer and he will confirm that) but there is a sense that many can factor a boat and motor into their budgets. In fact, compared to February of 2011, at the same point in time this year, sales are up 7 1/2 percent.

Heck, everyone can use a little good news.