Fuel prices not rocking the boating industry

Lake of the Ozarks waters still teeming with summer boaters

Sierra Wickham gases up Tim Castles’ boat at the dock of Mariner Pier 31 at the Lake of the Ozarks near Camdenton, Mo.

Sierra Wickham gases up Tim Castles’ boat at the dock of Mariner Pier 31 at the Lake of the Ozarks near Camdenton, Mo. Photo by Samantha Edmondson.

Many Lake of the Ozarks marinas and marine dealers are seeing high consumer spending and recreational boating despite the current economic recession and higher fuel prices.

Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), said in April that economic indicators that impact boating habits are faring better than three years ago — the last time boating fuel prices hit $4 per gallon.

“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,” he said.

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Bud Simmons, owner of Mariner Pier 31 Restaurant and Marina in Camdenton, also has been pleasantly surprised by the number of customers this year.

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