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Old 11-22-2007
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You mean those powerboats actually go out sometimes? I thought they were just for filling up marinas.

In the marinas round here there are three powerboats for every sail boat. But out on the water, if you exclude the small fishing guys the ratio is exactly the reverse.
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Last time around this phenomenon led to some REALLY bad sailboats as the manufacturers (Bayliner, Reinell) tried to get into the sailboat business as a survival tactic... Not seeing that this time around.

What I have noticed this past season is more planing-capable powerboats rumbling along at 8 knots or so.... a sudden interest in seeing the sights? or a keener eye on the gas gauge?

Looking around our area it doesn't really look like the high end powerboat market is slowing down... I guess if you can lay out that kind of cash the fuel costs are incidental.
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I still have my 29-foot pilothouse powerboat, but it's on dry land and for sale. It was perfect for doing the shallow-draft inshore route of Georgian Bay, but I'm a sailor at heart and am focussing on my C&C 27. Powerboaters here generally are different than sailors, more of an RV culture. They stick to carefully buoyed channels, and when they get to marine parks a lot of them want a dock, would love to have hydro, want to be able to drop off their trash, and generally aren't going to try to blaze trails into the cruising unknown. Some are an exception, but a lot of them don't even like to anchor. I've watched people with decent sized express cruisers drive em right onto the beach at Giant's Tomb rather than anchor out. As for the fuel issue, it is hurting hereabouts, and I would agree that the smaller end boats are getting hit the hardest. People just don't have the budgets, and when they start cutting back on their trips, they start looking harder at their total marina costs. Our season is short, and boating can start to look awfully expensive. A couple years ago a marina operator on the east side of the bay was already telling me the flotilla traffic was down. Americans especially who come up Huron or Michigan and into the North Channel were just turning around and going home rather than heading into Georgian Bay the way they used to. All the for-sale signs don't surprise me, and no, they won't become sailors.
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