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Old 04-04-2011, 02:33 PM
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.....the average Joe keep boating?

Gasoline prices jumped here at the street $0.20/gallon just over the weekend and now averaging $3.79/gallon. This is a street price. I have yet to see what the marina prices are, but I would guess $4.25+/gallon.

With a hit on product costs due to higher fuel prices, as well as higher fuel prices for the family cars, I would guess that there will be less boaters out on the water this year. I would also guess that prices on 27+ft boats, including the used market, will turn south.

What are your thoughts?
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Average Joe will stop boating right about when he stops drinking.
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Hopefully sooner than later.
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Originally Posted by boatmangc View Post
Average Joe will stop boating right about when he stops drinking.
and Smoking!
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I gave up being average so I no longer care about gas prices.
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Originally Posted by Duma Key View Post
I gave up being average so I no longer care about gas prices.
Me too,that shits overrated
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2008 put me out of twin engine large boats....2011 may be the year for the kayak
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Fuel is only a small component of cost of boat ownership. Storage, yard services and most importantly, depreciation cost more than fuel unless you use your boat everyday. The problem is, these other costs are going up as well.

You can't take it with you as they say. I boat from Maine to Florida Keys and nothing beats it as a lifestyle. As long as I can get fuel, I will buy it to go boating!
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I pay much more attention to fuel usage, it's no longer just blowin' and goin' more planning but still going. If it gets much over $4 that may change.
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Fuel prices are an issue for sure..... Instead of running 20 miles to the sand bar I like - I now cruise to the closest one to the dock.....

But at the end of the day - I love being on the water and plan to stroke out while trolling... So damn the torpedos - full speed ahead....
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Originally Posted by rharris View Post
2008 put me out of twin engine large boats....2011 may be the year for the kayak
or you can have both
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An average Joe's boat doesn't burn that much gas.
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If my conversion is correct you are paying about 0.99cents per litre we are paying between $1.50/$1.60
per litre and expecting it to go higher as our Government increase taxes once again, America looks pretty
damn good to live in for cost of living compared to here in Australia.
Well when we get to CA next month for holiday I will be able to see for myself at the moment I'm looking
forward to hiring a BIG V8 Mustang or similar.
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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.
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I burn an average of 15-20 gallons in the boat each day. I would guess that that is a lot less than the average boater on this site. Truck burns about the same, depending on where I launch. I'll still be fishing 4 to 7 days a week this season.
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Now I don't mean to put my hand in anyone else's pocket but here is my reality: I burn 70 gals/hr. Let's say, for example, Sag Harbor to Nantucket. At my cruise speed, that's 7-8 hrs or a total of 500-600 gals. I will spend perhaps $1.00/gal more this year than last = $500-600. If I choose to own a boat that burns that kind of fuel, in the overall scheme of things, the difference in cost of fuel is insignificant. 10 years ago fuel was $1.50/gal.
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you guys don't know what an average Joe is....
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I hope it makes somebody come up with a more fuel efficient outboard. Like Carbs to DFI. Now we need super dfi. Well we don't really need it, but it would be nice.
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If gas keeps climbing like that I will have to get a sailboat...;?

Wait!

I already have a sailboat in my fleet!

Oh well. I'm only allowed 3 boats at a time.

Gas?
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Originally Posted by Miss Christine View Post
you guys don't know what an average Joe is....
Ding, ding, ding.............give that man a ceegar!

I did not start the thread as a whine as I can afford to gas up and take her for a nice cruise or to my favorite fishing spots. I was asking about Joe six pack who many of you apparently could give a shit about.

I grew up with a Joe six pack family, with a father who worked his ass off to support a family of 7. I was also a Joe six pack guy until I worked my way up the work ladder and was lucky enough to make a good life.

Do you guys know what a loaf of bread sells for or are you that much out of reality that you really could care less?

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