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View Poll Results: How have increased gasoline prices impacted your time on the boat?
None 157 75.48%
Minimal 33 15.87%
Somewhat 12 5.77%
A great deal 5 2.40%
I have stopped 1 0.48%
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LOL, no way! I just went back to sailing....had a 21' IB/OB that I dumped 100 bucks into a day! Now I filled up the 6 gallon fuel tank in April (when fuel was in the low 3's) and stll have half a tank. I have to motor about 1/4 mile out of the marina before setting sail.

Now getting to the marina, it's a little more, but I'll easily pay to travel the 40miles round trip for some great recreation.

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When you figure out actual mile per gallon, my boat uses about 15 mpg at 5 1/2 knots, 12 mpg at 7 knots....that is better than any of the really big RVs and some pick-ups I know, plus my road has fewer curves.
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There are a lot fewer stinkpots running around this year.
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agreed..................
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We live aboard four months per year - mid-Dec to mid-Apr. We fly there and back once per year. The OB on the dink uses about 30 gal per season, and because we get our electricity from wind and solar - and we actually SAIL from place to place (what a concept!) - we only put about 30 gal. of cheap Venesualan diesel through the Perkins. On that basis, who cares????
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I recently discovered that even though gasoline and diesel prices have gone up, my propane costs have not changed in the last year. On average for cooking I spend between $11-$12 every six months for cooking. I don't fill my diesel fuel tank enough to be able to compare.
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The higher price of fuel caused me to completely discount the possibility of getting a power boat, and made my purchase of a sailboat all the sweeter. Also, since it costs more to drive back and forth between home and the boat, now I go to the boat and stay there for a few days. As far as actually using the boat, I only use the diesel about 15 mins. for a days sailing, so it hasn't affected that.
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Not at all. We're living aboard a sailboat and only use the diesels to get in and out of the slip.
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When gas goes up, we drive around less and sail more!
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Lucky for me, the sailboat is docked behind apartment. Last summer was my first year owning a sailboat and I left it docked in one place. This year, I might consider lake hopping, but it's so convenient where right here!
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