Gas prices could affect boating season

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Rising gasoline prices won't keep boaters out of the water this summer, predicts Thom Dammrich, president of the recreational boating industry group, National Marine Manufacturers Association.

"For most boaters, good weather and favorable boating conditions typically overshadow fuel prices when it comes to determining whether to get out on the water," said Dammrich, adding that boaters would adjust to fuel price hikes by operating their boats at lower speeds and reducing cruising distances.

His comments came as the NMMA reported this week that the rate of decline for new boat sales has been easing and boaters hit the water in record numbers last year.

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