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Old 04-05-2011, 02:41 PM
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I am a gasoline junkie and the price of a fix is going up. So? Yes I can afford the next fix, and will continue to do so.
Let us move on. Those willing to pay, will. Those choosing to stay ashore, will.
Not being callous, just the facts, like who is driving a Suburban vs a used Escort. It is all where we CHOOSE to spend our money.
Either you pay what the rate is for fuel or you don't. We still have cheaper fuel than any other western nation. China is now the largest car market and has gone from an oil exporter to an oil importer. India car sales are increasing rapidly, their increase in percent of people able to afford a car is huge. Fuel prices are moving up and it has nothing to do with who is president, the oil spill in the gulf, etc. Simple supply and demand. Ain't the '50s anymore where we and western Europe had cars, everone else biked or moped.
YOU will soon be driving a 4 cyl car. Possibly a 3 cyl car. And quite happy with it's performance, etc.
Isn't progress wonderful?

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Old 04-05-2011, 02:42 PM
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Premium just hit $3.99 today in CLW.


Marina's are hovering around $4.60-$4.80
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:45 PM
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Read the sig.

Just don't ask me what my car burns,
the boat is the bargain!
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:58 PM
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I put fuel on saturday at 7am at 4.69 a gallon the store manager said I got that price because I came early and that at 10am when his fuel delivery got there the price was going up to 4.89. I will say this though I still like to go FAST
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i would consider myself at the upper end of the average joe spectrum. this season i went from a 26ft center console that i mostly offshore fished to a 20ft cuddy that i freshwater/ inshore fish. i didnt feel like i was getting that great a value for my money when im burning 80-90 gallons of gas to fish for a day. im sure when the offshore bite gets hot i will be wishing i was fishing in but im doing the best i can afford to do. the economy gave me limes so im making margaritas, ya know?
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:23 PM
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I can still afford to use the boat, but I choose not to for the most part anymore due to fuel costs. I still go out, just not offshore much anymore and the Bahamas trips we have been making for 20+ years definitely won't be every year as they used to be. I make a good living but that inflation that supposedly doesn't exist along with frozen wages are pushing me towards average Joe status.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:40 PM
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If fuel price is ever a concern,the boat should be sold or not bought at all. IMO

These things are the biggest wastes of money and you better have a lot of it. No borrowing in this game,that's crazy and not worth it in these times.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
Just dont do the math and it hurts less.
I`m with you there.
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Originally Posted by ant1 View Post
If fuel price is ever a concern,the boat should be sold or not bought at all. IMO

These things are the biggest wastes of money and you better have a lot of it. No borrowing in this game,that's crazy and not worth it in these times.
You are missing my original point.

Joe purchased the boat when fuel prices were reasonable. He was able to get out on the boat with his family and friends but it was absolutely a luxury for him, although it was not maxing out his spare change. He considered the boat his vacation for his family that includes 3 children.

Both Joe and his wife work but must drive 20+ miles each day to get to their place of employment. Their used cars get an average of 20 mpg.

They now see the fuel costs doubled and as a result rising costs to food and other basic items.

The boat is now not used and may have to be sold to compensate for rising costs of living.

This is what the average Joe is now facing.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:03 PM
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Why do we see these topics started every time the price of fuel goes up? What purpose does it serve to OP? Or anyone else for that matter. If you don't want to boat, don't boat. I mean no disrespect...I just don't get it.
It's always a fun subject for me.

Well, maybe not so much fun.

I have recounted the converstion that I had, Birmingham, Ala, show, during the Arab oil embargo, about 1973 or so:

A guy said to me:
"Son, (I was much younger then)
When gas hits one dollar a gallon, you'll never sell another boat.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:09 PM
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Purchased diesel fuel today at $3.91 gallon for a couple hundred gallons. That is delivered price to house. He was telling me that by mid summer prices could be up to $7-8 gallon. Take that with a grain of salt who knows but they are a fuel distributor.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:09 PM
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High gas prices seperates the men from the boys, so to speak. They guys who can't or won't pay get out. and the new guys, or the guys addicted are doubling down. as the cost of a trip goes up the price of new equipement for the boat seems cheaper, ie, new electronics, gear, boat stuff.
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Less average joes=more ocean for the rest of us
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These things are the biggest wastes of money
Try racing sprint cars !
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I guess you could call me the average Jim. When I bought my boat in 2007 I saw this fuel issue on the horizon so I bought a fuel efficient boat. I can usually get three fishing trips to the tankful. Hopefully I will be on the water more this year than last year regardless of the damn fuel prices.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:43 PM
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This average Joe will spend more time on the hook and less time with the engines running....but just as much total time on the water.
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Twin 454s here... LOL.... Best MPG? 1.0 at 6-8 knots... LOL! .8 MPG is average... Mostly I dive.... a little fishing... some partying...

Adjustments I plan to make this year:

1. Take the boat to the keys and leave it there for summer. Found a marina that's the same price I'm at now. Normally I'd drive it down there several times a year. This move alone will result in less money spent on fuel than when it was $2 less and allow me to seriously dive the keys every weekend. Its a 1.5 hr drive in my 20 mpg car.

2. Ask friends to pitch in for fuel. Normally they'd bring the beer and burgers.... now they bring some cash too... not a problem.. most have noticed climbing prices and have offered without being asked.... good friends.

For me, these 2 things should take care of the current fuel issues.... Let's hope the guy that predicted $7-$8 is WRONG!!! That would suck giant elephant balls!
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:42 PM
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To bad it has got to this. I am (or will be) on a trailer, so won't be paying Marina prices. What we need is "Red fuel" as in Diesel for boats) The diesel prices are for AG type red fuel in boats (No road Taxes). If you are buying fuel at a Marina, you should not be paying the road tax on it. Agreed?
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:40 PM
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i'll let you know soon as i'm starting the season and running on last years "cheap" fuel.
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Originally Posted by scullym View Post
i'll let you know soon as i'm starting the season and running on last years "cheap" fuel.
Hope you are talknig about Diesel. The gas they are selling us now is only good for about 2 months, untreated.
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