High gas prices hit boaters

By: Kate Tillotson Email
By: Kate Tillotson Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, May 25, 2007

Boaters are feeling the pinch of high gas prices too. The state of Georgia has more than 300,000 registered boaters, and some say the high cost is convincing them not to leave the dock.

From the highways to the harbors, Memorial Day Weekend often means hitting the water. The Hinsons try to keep weekends at the lake affordable with a small, eight gallon tank.

"I can run all weekend long on less than $20," James Hinson said.

But for others, the cost of kicking back is making them feel a little seasick.

"It was kind of scary, because it would cost me $90 to $100 just to put fuel in it," said Jeremiah Scott.

Scott's bill just gets bigger and bigger. With premium gas now selling at chevron for $3.29 a gallon, boating's a recreation with a rising cost.

"You're having to make the payment on the boat," Scott said. "It's kind of tough on you to then turn around and put fuel in your truck and put fuel in the boat."

Boat owner Dori Toth refuses to fill up until she has used up all the gas she already has.

"You know, two days out will be $160 or $140 in gas," she said.

A weekend on the water wearing down wallets, but the Hinsons may be on to something: sticking close to home and settling for a smaller boat.

Filling up for some fun on the lake won't be cheap this weekend. It also may continue to cost more over the course of the summer. So we do encourage boaters to shop around a little bit for the best prices.

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