Boats always on the water, regardless of the price of gas

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — Regardless of higher gas prices this year, Americans have always used boats and cars to get away over Memorial Day weekend.

According to AAA, 8.3% more Americans are expected to have traveled this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year. Those who have traveled will have spent more money because flights, hotels and gas prices are more expensive this year.

Brian Willging, who said he’s seen more boats floating than sailing this year, said fuel prices were affecting his ability to drive his boat. He said he didn’t like paying more for gas.

“It takes away from some of the fun you can have,” Willging said. “You can’t run all day like you used to too, but you save time, you get by.”

Andrew Dal Santo, who was on a boat near Dubuque on Monday, said rising prices will also cause him to move money around his budget.

“I’ll probably end up cutting costs elsewhere to pay a little more fuel,” he said. “Just because I have the boat, might as well use it.”

TV9 spoke to campers at Sugar Bottom Park on Friday with a similar attitude. One camper, Doug Martin, said the price to fill his motorhome with gas doubled from around $250 to $500. He said the raise is an adjustment, but he still wanted to take his annual trip to the campsite.

“We bought it for the fun, not the budget,” Martin said. “But, it would be nice to have the extra money to spend on something else.”

AAA said the price of an average flight is 6% higher, while the price of a hotel is 42% higher.

Joe Eckrich, who also plans to spend his weekend at Sugar Bottom Park, said it looks like everything is going up in price. He said the raise didn’t stop him from traveling either.

“I don’t like it,” Eckrich said. “At the same time, we can do it, we have to do it. We will adjust.

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