Gas prices affecting boater habits

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

LAKE TEXOMA -- Friday dozens of boaters revved up their engines for the first time this year on Lake Texoma, but several say it was not today's heat that was making them sweat it was the boat load of money they had to fork out for gas.

The boaters we spoke with today say time on the water is time well spent, but they have also got to spend a lot more money to fill up their tanks than in years past. Now, to keep enjoying the lake many say they will have to change their boating habits.

Roger Anderson says it costs almost $800 dollars to fill up his 42-foot boat and that i is not only the gas that is burning when the engine's running.

"Well you feel like you're burning money, you know, and I'm sure we won't run around the lake quite as much as we would if fuel was cheaper," Anderson said.

With Gasbuddy showing gas prices averaging around $3.80 in Texas and about $3.70 in Oklahoma boaters like Anderson say they will continue to enjoy the lake, but may have to change their routines.

"We go out on the lake as much we just don't drive around you know high speeds on the lake as much, and you know up here in Texoma we will plan our day around what we want to do," John Dwyer said.

"We may give up a couple of, going out to eat at dinners during the week so that we can pay for the higher gas prices just to come out here," Paul and Debra Fredette said.

Boaters like Paul and Debra Fredette say they will do what it takes to keep their motor running because their boat is more to them than just a luxury item.

"This is what we do with our family with our two kids and all of their friends. Just a time to be with them and all our other friends that want to come out and we don't want to give that up," Debra said.

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