Boaters Pay Big Bucks for Gas

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Many people will agree that owning a boat is a very expensive hobby. As gas remains high, it becomes a bigger challenge.

Hundreds of boats line the harbor, waiting to be taken out, if they're not already.

Gas is down about 10-percent from last month. However, experts say it's still up eight-percent from a year ago.

For some boaters, that means tough decisions.

It often costs more to fill up a tank in a boat. To top it off, those who need special gasoline may pay big bucks to fill up gas tanks. Boaters tell Eyewitness News they pay anywhere from $65 to a couple hundred bucks.

"At four dollars a gallon you don't get out too much," says Matt Greean. "But summer's only four months out of the year, so you fish as much as you can."

In order to keep boating, Lynda Suchocki says she and her husband, "don't go out as much -- we'll skip a movie and dinner and such -- because you want to make your choices."

And unrest in Egypt could spill into our gas tanks, for vehicles on land or on water.

"When things like this happen, prices tend to go up, there tends to be about a two week lag with what crude oil prices are and prices at the pump are."

However, there is some relief available for boaters, including more energy efficient boats.

"I could go weeks without filling up," says Peter Killinger, who owns an energy efficient boat.

Much like the everyday driver, unstable gas prices have become the norm for boaters.

"Gas prices, a few years ago when they spiked, that's when there was a big difference. But I think people have gotten used to it," says Mike Herbgerger.

"It's a little tough paying $100 a fork for gas every week -- plus your cars -- but other than that, I'm enjoying it," adds Ken Kowwakowski.

Boaters say they just want to relax and enjoy the waters.