Gas Prices Won't Sink Boaters

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:14:22 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

Higher prices at the pump are keeping some drivers off the road, but the state's boaters are revving up for another busy summer.

"It's not going to change what I do on the water at all," said Jim Darr.

And, he's not alone. Two-thirds of bass boaters and three out of five pleasure boaters said prices could soar another $3 a gallon before they stay in dry dock.

"They're going to come regardless, whether or not they go out very far in their boat, that may have some effect or use a lot of fuel," said marina owner Glenna Aurich. "They'll still come and they'll still take their boat out."

But, paying 30-40 cents per gallon more on the water than on the street means marinas might not be able to foot the bill. The Blue Moon Marina makes most of its money from summer gas sales, but higher prices are forcing Aurich and her husband to pay more for the thousands of gallons they buy.

"You figure 25,000 gallons at an average of $3," said Rick Aurich. "That pretty much will tell you the math on what it costs to fill up our tanks."

But, the marina owners said they'll sell gas just as fast as boaters pull in to fill up.

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