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Old 02-25-2011, 05:52 PM
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Default With the possibility of $5 p gallon gas coming is anyone thinking of down-sizing?

I sold my boat not to long ago with the intent of going bigger w/twin power, but given what is going on the in the middle east and the real possibility of oil going up to and over $120 per barrel and gas hitting/exceeding $5 per gallon pump gas has me second guessing the twin engine idea. If instability in the middle east continues and or the wrong peeps take control in some of these oil producing countries the oil/fuel spike could become a way of life.

With all that is going on is anyone considering down-sizing?

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Nope, looooooooooonger.
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This has been beaten to death in previous threads...

The bottom line is that it would cost MOST people MORE money to "downsize" than it would to just pay the higher price for fuel.

To break it down a little more:

Cost of getting current boat ready to sell (ads, make-ready, repairs, etc...).

Depreciation of selling current boat in a depressed (due to current high fuel prices) market.

Costs involved in buying replacement boat (survey, shopping, etc...).

Costs involved in making new boat ready for use.

And on and on...


Versus temporarily (as proven in the past) paying a few dollars per gallon more for fuel in your current boat...



Next up will be the threads about charging their "guests" a little more to cover the fuel costs when they invite them out for a day of fishing/boating...
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Too frickin late for that now.

If I wanted to save money I would have never got into boating in the first place.
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How could anyone be happy downsizing? Looks good on paper maybe.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:51 PM
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I'm starting to think twice about getting back INTO boating because of the fuel prices?

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Old 02-25-2011, 08:21 PM
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No freakin way.... I cant go back to fishing without my coffee pot and TV..

Honestly, we did this two years ago..... What price do you pay for your sanity?? We use the boat every weekend, and put around 200+ hrs a year on the engines. Its a way of life for us and Im not changing.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:21 PM
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We have a good ole time hanging out at the dock!

Truly, the expensive fuel will make me second guess the long trips.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:21 PM
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Not gonna downsize but I am considering buying a small (14-18) foot skiff with a smallish engine for putzing around, croakering etc. Maybe even a CS
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Well im in the market for a repower, F250, so maybe good for me !!!!
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:00 PM
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Bigger is better. Bigger boat, bigger tow vehicle, bigger fun. I will cut back on something else before I give up my love for being on the water.
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I down sized 2 years ago (26ft cat to a 22ft panga) and now think I did the right thing...I use almost 1/2 half the fuel, very easy to singlehand, get better towing mileage and way easier on the truck, use my boat ALOT more and think nothing of dragging it around FL to wherever the fish are biting...the down side?...time when the seas blow up and I'm doing 18-20 mph....besides that...I'm happy....
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Yes, I'm thinking of getting a smaller wallet to hold what's left. But not downsizing boat. Yet.

Car gas is $3.98 for regular here now.
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same thing as last time....I owned my truck, got about 12 mpg....in order to save fuel costs meant a car payment, so same story with the boat....just take it easy and have a nice relaxing summer
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nope. got the 28' and twins for safety and just cause fuel costs more, doesn't mean I compromise safety. Ok, or comfort either If anything, add one more crew member to split the costs with.
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I sold the battlewagon last year and the new 34 CC (outboard) does everything I want it to do and it does it on one hell of a lot less fuel !!.... Im VERY happy with my situation now.
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I planned for anything that happens when I bought last year; this one can live in the drive or a wet/dry slip and gets up to 3.4 mpg. I can fish all around the bay and be comfortable. Like others, if necessary I'll cut back on long distance trips or take on another person or two to split costs but I'll never give it up.

OH and IMHO, $5 isn't just a possibility; it's going to happen very soon. Time to get the bikes out.
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There is a tool on here who brags about spending $3500 per fishing trip for his 45 foot boat.

Bro, guess your now spending 4000. LMAO
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This talk of $5 gas is just that talk, and that is the only thing that is driving the price. There has been no decrease in supply( if you think the 2% Libya pumps is making a difference, well...) so its just speculators. As a matter of fact oil was down or flat Wend, Thur and Friday. Think we will see the price at the pump drop a few cents? Nope. We really do need an Egyptian movement here, and ,please, no need for the unions to show up, not talking about their kind of movement. That Wisconsin crap is more like a bowel movement, fire them all. sorry to ramble
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