Just as the economy is showing a few positive signs, rising fuel prices continue to offset the benefits for boaters. Maybe the sailboat crowd isn’t feeling the crunch as sharply, but I’m sure the powerboat crowd, particularly in the offshore fishing or ski and wakeboarding arenas, are contemplating if they can afford as much fun as before.
I don’t pretend to understand why gasoline prices continue to rise; going up for the tenth straight week in my home state and now just below $4 per gallon—and even more at marinas. Some experts predict gas and diesel prices will rise over $5 per gallon in the U.S. this summer. I do know it affects certain segments of the boating community more than others, even resulting in fuel surcharges on ferries and sightseeing boats.
How are increasing fuel prices going to change your boating activities this season? Will it lead to an industry-wide trend of trading down from inefficient gas-guzzling boats, like it has affected the SUV marketplace on land? Will it lead to more people buying electric outboards, or buying more modern and fuel efficient gas engines, or will it simply mean a cutback on trips and usage? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
P.S. If you do pay higher fuel prices at least learn to go with the current to save yourself some money.
For more about electric alternatives, read these posts on Boats.com: