ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The summer recreational boating season has returned, and with it, the country’s boat owners have embraced a new sense of frugality.
There’s a misconception that boaters are rich, but data proves boat owners are mostly middle class – at least in the U.S. – says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).
And boaters are doing everything they can to save on the family boating budget.
“When the recession hit, the reality was that most owners didn’t get out of boating and instead, chose to save by making shorter trips or running the engine less, teaming up with friends for fishing trips, or other cost-saving measures,” said Scott Croft, BoatUS vice president of public affairs.
BoatUS members pay less for gas – from 5 to 10 cents off each gallon of fuel at 375 BoatUS cooperating marinas. BoatUS’ cooperating marinas also offer discounts on up to 25 percent off transient slip fees, and up to 15 percent on boat and engine repairs. About 1,050 businesses and service providers, from sail lofts and engine shops to fishing guides offer a BoatUS member discount, including several on Lake Wylie.
For BoatUS membership map, visit BoatUS.com/ServiceLocator. For BoatUS information, visit BoatUS.com, or for anglers, BoatUS.com/Angler.