Fuel Prices!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CV-23, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    We all worry about the weather being good during boating season but what about $4 or more a gallon for gas? I run our Gas Dock at the club so I see the rollercoaster on our costs and we only charge .25 more per gallon above our cost. I guess if gas hits $5 a gallon I'll be using shore power to charge my batteries more than running the 454. When can we fire the US Energy Dept? They have 1800 employees and have failed our country and have done nothing as far as I know. Gas prices have doubled in the past 3 years, Mike.
  2. blaster

    blaster Active Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    The high gas prices drag down the whole economy. There are a lot of ugly happenings going on with our energy policy. We just bend over and take it but eventually things will come to a head. API says our expensive ethanol ridden gas is a great value and market forces are creating the price increase. Its hard to know who to believe when everybody is proctecting their own interests and at the end of the day the consumer looses. I'm all for free markets but there needs to be a restoration of integrety to the leaders of many sectors of our economy not just energy.

    It won't stop me from boating since I have a smaller boat and I budget for $5 gas and then I have maybe a little left in my budget for maintenance. Beyond the $5 mark I won't be running the engine as much.
  3. Carver370

    Carver370 Active Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Buffalo Michigan
    1994 Carver 370 Motoryacht
    Twin Crusader 454 - 350 HP Each.
    I'd feel lucky that you were paying what you were paying before. Gas was over $4 a gallon here at the marina already last season and the season before.

    I was forced to fill up in Burnham Harbor in Chicago last season at $5.39......

    Here is a useful tool for Lake Michigan boaters, the prices on there are from last October now obviously and will be changed each week when the fuel docks re-open.

  4. Last Dollar

    Last Dollar Member

    May 10, 2011
    Huntington WV boating the Ohio River and lakes in
    Sea Ray 225
    5.0 Mercruiser
    An overwhelming majority of Americans have no idea of the Environmental Protection Agency's impact on our daily lives. They have become one of the most detrimental and powerful agencies created by politicans to supposedly do great things. So far they have crippled our nations ability to be energy independent. If you want to have nightmares and stay up at night read the book The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen (1959). Far too much of this has come true and is now evident. Fuel prices will not prevent me from boating but it sure will curtail my spending on other items and services of profanely priced items in our economy. Recovery???? Becoming doubtful.

    All part of "The Plan."
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  5. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    Must be the President and his big oil buddies getting rich on the back of the common man! :smt018
  6. hd2002hd

    hd2002hd Member

    Jul 20, 2010
    St. Louis
    1996-Sea Ray 215 Express Cruiser/1996-Sea Ray 330 Sundancer/1998-Sea Ray 400 Sundancer/1996-Sea Rayd
    5.7 Mercruiser/454's/454's w/V drive/120HP
    Big oil isn't the big winner. Our country depends on this type of energy and the cost of the products will continue to rise with the cost to produce. Last Dollar hit the nail on at least one head when he mentioned the EPA. As regulations tighten in this country it costs billions of $$ to operate and buy equipment that allow oil companies to continue to operate and this only 1item of cost. Everyone has their hand in the bucket from the guy that builds the equipment to the guy that sells catalyst or whatever to maintain it. Of course the oil companies pass the cost along. They would. E out of business if they lost money. Why do you think refineries across the country are shutting down? They run until the cost of government mandates get too expensive then they lock the door. Drives up demand, imports and unemployment. We are regulating ourselves out of home produced energy.
  7. davefin

    davefin New Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Island Heights, NJ
    2001 310 DA, Furuno
    350 EFI Horizon I/B
    It would be great if the oil economy went back to simple Supply and Demand driving prices. Keep politics out of the equation. Big Government has been in bed with the oil companies for all too long. Let's start punching holes in our country and bring our own oil to the surface. Let's get back to keeping it simple.
  8. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
  9. Pachanga Boy

    Pachanga Boy Member

    Aug 25, 2011
    270 Sundancer 1988
    twin 4.3L
    funny that was the catch phrase for just about every Obama supporter 4 years ago!

    I usually just grit through the pain at the pump, I have a "boat" fund that builds all winter just so I can blow it all summer. I will say it's times like this I'm actually happy to have the SBC over the BBC in the Pachanga.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  10. Someday Lady II

    Someday Lady II Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    RMYC, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    1991 350 Sundancer
    T-340 hp Bluewater 7.4 L
    Bravo II I/O's
    As has been said on many occasions in this forum by boaters far more experienced than I, fuel costs are only a small part of the costs related to boating with maintenance, mooring and storage all being far more costly.
    Take some satisfaction in the knowledge that we are already paying more than $5 per US gallon up here in Canada.
    I can't wait to start pouring it in the tank and burning it in those sweet big blocks.
  11. Pack66Dad

    Pack66Dad New Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Browns Point, Washington
    1997 41 Convertible
    Caterpillar 3126 Diesels
  12. moparlvr4406

    moparlvr4406 Active Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Lake Monroe Indiana Fourwinds H31
    1985 340DA
    1966 SRV180
    1960 Sea Ray 600
    (2) 1963 808 Cruise-a-bouts
    twin 350hp Crusaders 4.0 Onan /
    Merc 950 SS
    Merc 650
    Merc 1100
    twin Johnson 40
    My prediction....
    all media hype
    everyone knows fuel prices drop in an election year.
  13. Searaybio270

    Searaybio270 Active Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Bush River on the Cheasapeake Bay
    1996 EC, Garmin 3210, Dinghy - Seadoo Jet boat with twin 85 horse. Fun and Fast.
    7.4 MC 360 HP each
    Westerbeke 7KW
    Oil prices are up .5 today at so far $102.33 and rising. Why would a leader not help his people by opening up reserves or pipelines to ease not only the pain here but else where. Oil in this country on federal land belongs to the people. Get but don't put it on the world market which is what was done with the reserves.
  14. Last Dollar

    Last Dollar Member

    May 10, 2011
    Huntington WV boating the Ohio River and lakes in
    Sea Ray 225
    5.0 Mercruiser
    I think most of us participated in this discussion a few weeks ago when the thread begin with the news that the number one export of the USA is petroleum products. Now as prices have continued to rise we still have no answer or no indication our nation has a true energy policy that works for everyone. The bottom line is the EPA will not allow drilling in Alaska tundra nor will it allow pipelines from Canada. The EPA is also shutting down coal production because new permits for coal mines are now curtailed for the most part. When the price of electric doubles in the coming years we will have something else to complain about. Americans are too soon to forget bad things, just somehow block them out of their minds. If we as intelligent informed voters don't bring about "change" then we are doomed.

    It's all part of the "plan"....read the book
  15. andy k

    andy k Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    Door County, Wisconsin
    1998 3075
    2 x Mercury 5.7 carb
    I remember when I was a kid and my Dad would complain about filling his tanks on his 390 express. Gas at that time (15 years ago) was about $1.50 on the water. :smt101
  16. Last Dollar

    Last Dollar Member

    May 10, 2011
    Huntington WV boating the Ohio River and lakes in
    Sea Ray 225
    5.0 Mercruiser
    I can remember boating in the 60's when we could fill BOTH 6 gallon tanks for under $4.00 including the oil and ski all day. Back in that time gas wars would begin between stations and you could find gas a 18 cents a gallon for a few hours. Gas stations would also hand out nice coffee mugs with a fill up. Now when you buy gas you are "mugged" by the oil companies. We should all not take this too seriously because right before the election gas will significantly decrease in price for a while.
  17. comsnark

    comsnark New Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    NJ Shore
    SeaRay SunSport
    Over the last few years, we have seen the gas price cycle several times (economy improves, gas prices rise, then economy stalls leading to a price reduction) several times.
  18. With our new to us little puddle jumper. I could care less if gas went to $10 agal. :smt001

    If gas prices goes higher than that Dee would have to get a second job. :lol:

    As I said before I don't miss them $1.000 dollar fill-ups. :smt038
  19. Westie

    Westie Active Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    2001 260 Sundancer towed with the power of an IFORCE V8
    7.4 L Bravo III
    By far my biggest expense is fuel for the boat. And I don't pay any where near $5 per US gallon here in Alberta.

    In fact the high price of oil helps keep my income taxes to the lowest level in Canada, and keeps us from having a provincal sales tax. Oil is just like any other free market item. It is only worth what people are willing to pay for it.
  20. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    One advantage of higher fuel prices is there are fewer people out on the water.


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