Posted on September 30th, 2008 by | posted in General

Going into the summer there was a lot of discussion surrounding how (relatively) high gas prices would impact the boating industry.  Clearly they’ve had an impact on what type of vehicles American’s are purchasing, but I’m not sure the higher cost of fuel actually kept many wakeboarders off of the water.  

Now that the end of the season is near, how much were you on the water this summer?  Probably less than you wanted to be, but was that actually because of the price of gas?  If you put 100 hours on your boat this summer, that’s around 600 gallons of gas consumed.  If the average price of a gallon of gas went up $1.50 from last summer, that’s another $900 spent to use your boat.  Is that enough to keep people off the water, or do most wakeboarders figure it’s worth it?

Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Spencer Says:

    I put $100 in about every other night this summer from July to the middle of August. Was it worth it? Yes, in my opinion it was worth every penny. Being able to spend time on the water with family and friends in more valuable to me. When life gives you lemons sell them and buy oranges. They taste way better.

  2. Jason Says:

    I would think that most people that spend that much money on a boat would have the same opinion, but maybe I’m wrong?

  3. Nick Says:

    We put 179.13 gal. of fuel in our Malibu and used it 28 hours, this was about 10 hours less than last season and about 12 hours less than 2 summers ago….. Every minute we spend on the boat is a little bit like heaven, unfortunately our budget couldn’t allow for more hours this past season…… I would conclude that the increase in fuel cost was just 1 factor of us spending less time on the water

  4. Ryan Says:

    Always remember that you guys in the USA have it better than most as far as gas price is concerned. I put 100 hrs a year on my boat here in Canada at an equivalent price of about $6/gal . Is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY. Life’s short, and when you have a passion for something that only lasts 4 months out of the year you gotta pay to play.

    Stop whining about your gas prices in the US… you’re where the rest of the world was at 20 yrs ago. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  5. Jason Says:

    I think you’re spot on Ryan, and rationally I think most American’s can realize that we’ve benefited from subsidized fuel prices for decades. Change is still hard though, it’s just relative to what we’re used to.

    At the end of the day, you’re right. It all comes down to deciding what your priorities are, and if you love wakeboarding and wakesurfing the price of a gallon (or litre) of gas isn’t going to change that.

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