GREEN BAY — The month of October brings cold weather, pumpkins and the unofficial end of boating season. The activity of boating has been gaining popularity since the summer of 2020 but boaters are recognizing a new trend this year. The price.
Infarction has been affecting prices of products for automobiles and owning a boat is far from an exception. The biggest expense this year? Gas. According to AAA, gas prices stayed between $3.40 to $3.60 and for boats with bigger tanks, that is no pocket change.
The prices may be increasing, but for those who eat, sleep and breathe boating, they will find a way to make it work. Couple Jeaunpaul Creignou and Diane Fowler have been traveling most of the summer by boat and have noticed a few trends during their travels.
“We noticed that too many people were too concerned about the gas prices, but we did notice that there were a lot less people on the lake,” Said Creignou. “But it was shocking at first when you have to fill up 200 gallons, it's a tough pill to swallow.”
According to South Bay Marina, this summer was busy, but weather played more of a factor than gas prices.
Rick Poulick, Manager of South Bay Marina, notes that the past month has been less than ideal.
“It has been raining on the weekends when people want to go out on the water, so i would say this season, the weather has been more of a factor than the prices of gas.”
As the boating couple, Jeaunpaul and Diane can attest, increased prices are all part of the lifestyle.