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To each their own.

My Father would literally drive to the next town to buy gas at 5 cents less per gallon. No doubt, he burned the savings just getting there. I just don't get it.

If jugging the fuel to the marina is a better use of one's time, go for it. That's how supply and demand works. Nothing wrong with it either way. Pay or don't pay. It's all good.

For me, I buy Valvtect fuels at marinas, for their biocide and stabilizing additives. I hate inventorying the additives myself. The few extra bucks, per year, is absolutely lost in the boating budget.
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The price of any commodity is that which the supplier can charge without driving away customers. You want to run an engine on the water. Where else are you gonna go, ‘xactly? It isn’t politics, it’s capitalism, which everyone claims to like until it’s personally inconvenient.

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Around here we just call it “lake effect pricing” — the closer you get to the water, the more expensive everything is


People are just nutty about the price of gas. I worked at a gas station in college. On opening day we had a sale and priced gas $0.10 less than the prevailing rate. We were swamped and people waited in line for nearly an hour just to top off their tanks with a couple gallons. Congratulations, you spent 45 minutes sitting in your car to save 30 cents.

Here in Minnesota our governor recently proposed a 20 cent gas tax to pay for road improvements (and god knows we need them). If you drive 12,000 miles a year at 25mpg the tax would be $8 / month. Less than Netflix. A bargain to have quality roads. But of course people freaked out and it went nowhere.

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Around here we just call it “lake effect pricing” — the closer you get to the water, the more expensive everything is
When I was operating the Mary E for the Connecticut River Museum, the residents of Essex told me that if the littlest attic window had the tiniest view of any part of the river, the tax rate was significantly higher. Talk about greed!

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People are just nutty about the price of gas. I worked at a gas station in college. On opening day we had a sale and priced gas $0.10 less than the prevailing rate. We were swamped and people waited in line for nearly an hour just to top off their tanks with a couple gallons. Congratulations, you spent 45 minutes sitting in your car to save 30 cents.

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To be fair, it went to the MN Senate, which is the functional equivalent of nowhere.
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People are just nutty about the price of gas. I worked at a gas station in college. On opening day we had a sale and priced gas $0.10 less than the prevailing rate. We were swamped and people waited in line for nearly an hour just to top off their tanks with a couple gallons. Congratulations, you spent 45 minutes sitting in your car to save 30 cents.
This is so true! One time I was driving with my family, and I went to stop for gas at one of the more expensive gas stations in town. The chorus of complaints from my passengers was loud and consistent; I was wasting money! I wasn't being a smart shopper! I asked them to do the math: how much more expensive was the gas at this station than the less expensive one two miles away? "8 cents a gallon more" said my outraged wife. How much gas did I buy? "9 gallons" said my son. So how much money did I "waste" by not driving two miles in the opposite direction from where we were going? When they did the math and realized they were getting upset over 72 cents, there was some silence and even disbelief. I think they know that those pennies add up to real money over the course of a year, but that they really don't need to get all bent out of shape over the relatively minor price differences at the pumps. That's not to say that there are some stations we avoid because they charge some pretty outrageous prices for gas (one station right off I95 charges between 30 and 50 cents more per gallon than it's competition), but those are the rare exceptions.
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Re: Fuel dock prices

When one has REASONABLE choices to save some money... definitely do. But often you save less than the cost of a beer for topping up and waste precious time.

Fuel docks offer other conveniences when you tie up... ice, water for your tanks... washing your deck... and other items such as oil, snacks and so forth.
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When one has REASONABLE choices to save some money... definitely do. But often you save less than the cost of a beer for topping up and waste precious time.



Fuel docks offer other conveniences when you tie up... ice, water for your tanks... washing your deck... and other items such as oil, snacks and so forth.
The fuel docks around here offer no such conveniences. Buy your fuel and move on. The particular marina I am talking about won't even allow you to use the sewage pump out unless you are one of their mooring customers, and it is the only one in the area.

Of course I am not going to go to all the trouble of finding alternate fuel sources to save a few cents, or even a few dollars, but we are talking about saving $80 per fill up here!

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Where are you? Gas stations in Massachusetts charge by the gallon.
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Where are you? Gas stations in Massachusetts charge by the gallon.
Canada, like the rest of the world, charges by the litre![emoji6]

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