Fuel prices won’t stop boaters

ROANOKE, Va. – Although gas prices seem to reach a new record every week, they’re not going to hold back boaters, according to a recent story from The Roanoke Times.

Instead of giving up boating, Mike Meador budgets fuel purchases by limiting that spending to $100 per weekend – an example of the ways recreational boaters are keeping their heads above water as gasoline prices continue to soar and as the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busiest time of the year.

One marina owner said he is not seeing any negative effect on his business, the newspaper reported.

“We were OK when we went from $1 (per gallon) to $2,” Dwayne Lamb, who owns Captain’s Quarters Marina, told The Roanoke Times. "I think we will be OK going from $3 to $4. It is just a shock. People will make adjustments.”

The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration estimates the average cost of gasoline this summer will be $3.66 per gallon. Last year's average price was $2.81 per gallon, and in 2006 the average was $2.58 per gallon.

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