Boating Despite High Gas

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"Oh the boating life is great. I love it, don't you Joe?"

Friends Diane Ward and Joe Schneider have both owned boats for several years. Schneider says, "It's such a joy to be on the river and take your guests out. It's too much fun." And according to Ward, "It's just a part of life. You just do it. It doesn't matter what gas prices are."

Just like many other boaters out on the water this Memorial Day weekend, Ward says they decided to dish out the money in order to have a good time.

"I don't like the prices. But like I said, people pay $1.25 for a cup of coffee, and then they complain about $2.75 for a gallon of gas. Well you want your coffee and you want your gas. So you pay for it."

Currently gas prices in the Mid-West are at about $2.78 a gallon. That's close to .75 more than during last year's holiday weekend. But it hasn't stopped many from using their boats or even buying new ones. According to Chris Stevens of Grand Pointe Marina, there's been a surge in sales.

"Whenever it's warm out, especially holiday weekends and true summer is here. Memorial and Labor Day weekend people run their boats constantly."

And a constant sight it will be, whether it's bringing them in or taking them out. Because many boaters, like Ward, say money doesn't matter.

"It's worth it. If you have boating in your blood, you just pay and play."