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Old 07-17-2007, 10:39 PM
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I was down in some other local cities off our island the other day working on customers boats. Both of these marinas have quite a few boats in them and I was surprised how none were out. Beautiful day.....no wind..........80 degree's. I know our local transient boat traffic is way down this year and so is the local favorite anchorage(sail boaters) spot out in the bay. It reminds me of November!

I also talked with a few other marina owners on the other side of the Lake and they are basically saying the same thing. Lots of boats in the water...........they are just not leaving the docks. I am wondering if its a Great lakes thing........or much larger then that.

So how does boat traffic seem this summer in your area? Please post where you are located and do your boating.

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Old 07-17-2007, 10:48 PM
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The few times I've been out, the traffic has been at least as busy as in the past in my part of FL. I usually don't go out on the weekend, but I did a month or so ago and couldn't even put in at Burt Renyolds park in Jupiter. I went up to Hobe Sound to launch (ramp was packed there, too) and rode the ICW up to Stuart. I will never complain about the amount boat traffic in the Jupiter area again! Imagine driving through Miami (Chicago, etc) during rush hour without any lane markings!

Boating is alive and well down here in S FL. Now, if I could only get mine out a little more often.....
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:00 PM
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Inland lake, SW Arkansas. Boating down 33%. According to the marina operators - gas purchase about 1/2. They said the boats that are out there are not running around all day - they fill up one time and go to a cove, anchor up, swim, and picnic, instead of running around all day long. $3.60 gas definately taking a toll.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:20 PM
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I'm on the water every weekend. Not South Fla or Annapolis in my area, but I don't see a big difference on the Mid Chesapeake. Of course I'm in a second home/retirement area and I've always been amazed at how little people use their boats.

This past weekend was busier than the weekend after the 4th. Saw go-fasts, fishing boats and runabouts all over the place. Not as many motor yachts and sporties around. Appears large boat owners prefer to take the center console out now (second or third boat,) but they are still getting out..

My boat uses so little fuel my biggest concern is that I wish I used the boat more. I go a little slower than with twins, but a single 4 stroke makes a big difference. I don't feel it like the twin big block cruisers do.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:46 PM
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Andy,

Our marina is just past mile 0 of the ICW in Norfolk. It's usually a jump off point for those going either up the Chesapeake Bay or out to the Atlantic to points North. We haven't had near the transients we usually get by now. We've probabaly had less than ten. Our marina is restricted to either active or retired military and is not expensive at all. We charge $.75/ft per night so the cost for docking isn't the cause. It just may be fuel costs over all because most of our transients are sailboats.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:44 AM
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I am here in Matagorda bay Texas. It seems to me boating traffic is way down, but we have had tons of rain down here and that might be what is keeping people off the water.
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:57 AM
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Unscientific observation is that one of our favorite local spots - Cuttyhunk - is down on powerboats. Have been able to pick up a mooring each time this year which is usually not the case. Also many moorings in my home harbor dont have boats on them so far and its midway thru the season up here. Not sure if its the fuel prices (about the same as last year), the economy or what?? Maybe things go in cycles - people get in on boating when the economy is booming but find they tire of it or it was'nt their cup of tea so they slowly get out and with the economy slowish for many there isnt the backlog of people wanting to get in.
Also many harbors are becoming less transient friendly (Edgartown comes to mind) so for us cruisers/recreational fishers the choices for destinations gets more limited....
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Seems like our local ramp here in WPB, FL always has parking nowadays, the lines are not as long and you don't have to park on the street. Last weekend I got a late start and got to our ramp around 10 a.m., the parking lot was half empty, the weather was nice and the ocean was flat.

I don't know, maybe boating is down a little, fine by me.
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:44 AM
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mostly non existant with little groups of fishing boats at the usual spots and some weekend build up .....but go on a sunset cruise on a week day night and you're lucky to see 2 or 3 other boaters in the bay.........this however is nothing new
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:05 AM
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It doesnt seem to change much here, but this is an isolated situation. The locals and full time resident boaters have to use their boats to get from island to island, and that doesnt change. We have a lot of seasonal people come down from November to April, and the charter guys stay a little busier then, taking visitors out on day trips, people on vacation.

But right now, its serious fishing season and we are seeing the usual number of visiting sportfishermen down chasing tuna and billfish in their own boats. Gasoline here is still running $ 5.15 a gallon, diesel about .40 less. But its not a luxury. People have to get to work on construction projects on the other islands during the week, and home to the families on other islands on the weekends.

So, a very typical scenario will be a guy with his wife and Family live on the main island of Provo, and he commutes to a construction job on West Caicos or North Caicos etc. five or six days a week. Then on Saturday they take their own boat home to North or South Caicos to visit their parents, etc. and come home Sunday night.
There is definitely more total boat traffic now, year round, than there was two years ago. I would say probably 25% more.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:54 PM
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Interesting that this thread came up as I had a conversation with my dad and cousin over the weekend about how little boat traffic there seems to be near us (S. Jersey) than in past years. My parents have a place in Brigantine just off the Absecon Inlet and we don't see half the boat traffic go past the house as in past years. Unfortunately, the PWC traffic hasn't been affected - the idiot idiot PWC operators outnumber the responsible ones 2:1 or so it seems. My cousin commented that there are few to no other boaters out there while he's running even on the weekends. The guy across the thoroughfare from us has a new Avanti this year and barely has it out. He'll leave his lift and be back with in 20 minutes or so. The past few weekends he's just lowered it into the water, started it for a few minutes, and then buttoned it up - does this about once a day. Have noticed a lot more folks just anchored or moored in a cove area than before.

Strange.
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:01 PM
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alex.....thats what i did this weekend........wife and i ran 10 minutes to a real nice spot and anchored up for 2-3 hours........gas @ $50 an hour has changed my habits a bit.....less long cruises more frequent short hops.......luckly there are a lot of destinations within an hour of my slip
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:37 PM
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I live on the Upper Chesapeake (North East River) & boat traffic has changed. The locals are still out every weekend, going the typical 3-5 miles to a cove or a beach, but everthing else is off.
-We are go-fast & hot boat central for the bay. The N.E. River & the Nauti Goose are usually full with go-fasts & we usually hear them all week long running up the river. Last night was the first night in a long time that I remember hearing a boat run up river.
-Weeknight traffic is down to nothing. I can go out on a nice evening & only come across 10-15 boats vs. the 100's we would usually see.
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Old 07-19-2007, 09:23 AM
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Yup......not trying to sound doom and gloomish, but boating traffic in our neck of the woods has been almost non-existent. We have a large radio tower and on good weather days we can hear across the lake. Previous years I would have to turn the volume down in the office cause the constant9 and 16 chatter was annoying. Now........I find myself doing radio checks to make sure the dam radio is functioning! [img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img][img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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Old 07-19-2007, 12:04 PM
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I don't want to turn this into a bilge thread, but unless you are in the housing industry, but why does everyone think the the economy sucks? The Dow is at a record high, S&P is at a record high, NASDAQ is at a seven year high..... Consumer spending is strong...
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:50 PM
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Who says the economy sucks... people just can't afford to boat as much...
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There are two Americas

PS Dow aside, I know of not one single person in the relatively affluent areas I live that believe that the market is strong. A good neighbor owns a car dealership and says it is horrific. I feel the same. I have very little debt so I sleep, but my income, and many of those around me, are down quite a bit.

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Old 07-19-2007, 02:04 PM
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I tell you what...... you let me know where you want me to send it and I'll send you all the traffic you want.

No shortage of boats/boating around here, only a shortage of parking spaces at the ramp.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:49 PM
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No one ever leaves my marina. I was out last Sunday (a beautiful day) and didn't see 50 boats all day in the whole Northern Chesapeake. Plus, I only caught one short, so even the fish aren't going out...
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:44 PM
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Andy, We do see quite a few boats out of Bogue Inlet, NC on the weekends in good "fishing" conditions. It would seem most of them are out on the sand bars.

During the week out of Morehead City, NC with 4 - 6ft choppy seas is a pleasant boat ride as there are little to no boats out.
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