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View Poll Results: How have increased gasoline prices impacted your time on the boat?
None 158 75.60%
Minimal 33 15.79%
Somewhat 12 5.74%
A great deal 5 2.39%
I have stopped 1 0.48%
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I still visit mine regularly as it's only 20 minutes away, but i feel the pain
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I can see my boat out my kitchen window, but have to either walk on water or drive around the creek to get to it.
After one attempt I realized I was not up to walking on water.
At 50 cents a gallon more, and my personal use rate of about 15 gallons a week the sum total difference in the high price of gas is less than 10 bucks a week. What's the big deal?
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The biggest cost from fuel is going to be hard to see; everything is going to cost more because of the transportation. I just initiated a fuel surcharge for my business (held off until I couldn't absorb it anymore) of 5%. Last year diesel was about $3.10/gal. and now it's $4.45. With my fleet average being 4.7 gal/hr that's over $6 per hour increase. Sailboats don't generally use enough fuel to make much difference, but everything we buy for them will reflect the increased cost of transportation. It would be interesting to ask this question in a power boat forum.

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I drive an 8000 lb Cummins diesel powered truck (pound for pound more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than those death trap hybrids everyone seems willing to die in to prevent "man made global warming" eewww I'm so scared) and I'll not let some liberal wacko change my driving or sailing habits just so they can push their Socialist agenda on everyone else. Oh and if they happen to, due to their own negligence, find their 800 lb hybrid crashing into my 8000 lb beast......well choice is a freedom we must all live with (at least until Democrats rid this country (US) completely of it).
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Last season my fuel bill was $8.35, the highest amount I have paid in the last 20 years. I sail River Dragon at least 3 days a week all summer. The only time I use the engine is to get in and out of my slip. Isn't sailing a wonderful experience?
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I drive 30 miles to get to the marina, so I feel the gas prices there, but I use less tha 15 gallons of gas per year on the boat--and I sail alot. One of the advantages of sailing a small boat is you sail often, and you can sail and maneuver in places where others must use the iron genny.

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After one attempt I realized I was not up to walking on water.

You should keep trying.

You never know when you'll get it right.

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I voted no.

Our boat is going in the water next weekend.

We live on the Ottawa River, so at worst, we motor out of the bay before setting the sails.

I dislike the iron sail anyway.
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With Synergy at the dock at my house fuel does not come into play. I'm always hesitant to start the engine but since I typically burn less than 20 gallons a year its not all that big a deal. I did notice around here that marine diesel seems to be less than gas station diesel.

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