Rising gas prices aren’t stopping boaters

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Mikayla Mosteller

Gas prices for boaters continue to rise as the summer starts, but that isn’t stopping people from going on the water.

Lake Tuscaloosa swarmed with people boating and enjoying the sun on Memorial Day. While average gas prices for cars in Alabama were $4.33 a gallon, boat prices for a gallon of gas hit $6.26.

Boats run on gas that does not contain ethanol, which makes the price for a gallon of pure gasoline more expensive for those hitting the water than those hitting the road.

Dale Phillips, the general manager of Pier 43, a marina and dry storage facility on Lake Tuscaloosa, says he doesn’t see the prices coming down anytime soon.

“People are still buying gas and our sales are actually on the increase from last year. Even with the high prices, people are still coming out.”

Boaters will return in large numbers again on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day, and he expects the prices will still be high then.

“We are heading into a period between Memorial Day and Fourth of July, and we expect to be really busy and gas sales to be really good.”

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