A View from Here

Bill's Sisson's weekly Trade Only blog

Fuel blues

The endlessly skyrocketing price of boating fuel has now become a relentless headache for the American boater. Accustomed to paying no more than two or three dollars per gallon for decades, boaters are now paying more than twice that amount for fuel. As a result, boaters are unable to decide how to adjust to this [...]

Any incentives out there?

Remember two years ago when the car industry brought back incentives to counter high fuel prices and rising interest rates. Dealers throughout the country offered as much as $6,000 in rebates.

Gas prices are not a deterrent

As I travel to meetings in Florida and the warmer areas of the country, the comment I hear most often is about how many boats people are seeing out on the water.  There seems to be amazement in the industry that boaters are out on the water in force in spite of high gas prices.  [...]

Will gas prices curtail boating?

I talked to my sister over the weekend (by the way, she’s a boat owner) and she’s looking into taking the commuter bus to work; the gas prices are killing her budget. Is she planning to keep her boat? At the moment, but…

Gas pains at the pump?

Recently, I asked those who are boaters or cover boating on my list of e-mail writers if they knew what marina or dock gas was costing these days. I  had a quick response, so thanks very much. Keep in mind this is an extremely unscientific poll.

Turned off by high gas prices?

We’re paying as high as $2.73 a gallon for gas at the pump to drive our cars in Essex, Conn., home of Soundings Publications. I know it cost more to fill a boat at the marinas, and I’m wondering if the soaring price will deter people from buying boats.

Fuel Efficiency on the Water

Fuel consumption and saving money is a hot topic. Global unrest, weather, energy supplies and the over-all economy are all weighing heavily on the price you pay at the pump and fuel dock.