Holiday weekend brings boaters lower gas prices

North Myrtle Beach, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Lower gas prices this Labor Day weekend aren't only saving drivers, but they're giving boaters an extra incentive to get out on the water as well.

Boats packed the Intracoastal Waterway as many people enjoyed the great weather out on the water.

Prices at the pump at Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach were down 25 cents this weekend. The staff at the fuel station says the lower prices have boats lining up to fill their tanks.

"I've noticed today that I have taken a stack. I mean it's been one boat after another this weekend and I have a feeling that tomorrow is gonna be even worse only because I just dropped my prices, " said Anita Dube of Harbourgate.

Many boaters out on the water say they wouldn't have let gas prices keep them docked this holiday weekend, but they can appreciate the extra savings.

"Here at the boat club there's different ones you can take out and they all use different amounts of gas, but I'm always surprised when we come back in and I get the bill thinking it's gonna be horrible and it hasn't been lately. It's a lot less than I thought it would be," said Mason Brazelle.

John Garvock spent all day out fishing with his dog Peaches and he says he doesn't think the price drop will change anyone's plans.

"It wouldn't matter what it costs. You know if you spend $30,000 or $40,000 on a boat, you're sure not gonna let it sit for 50 cents worth of gas," he said.

For other boaters they'll take any chance at saving money they can get.

"It's nice to buy some cheaper gas. Hope it will keep on going down, but I don't suspect it will," said Carlyle Price.

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