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Old 07-01-2008, 11:42 PM   #15
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High fuel prices and worries about the economy are dragging down boat sales in Maine, particularly mid-priced powerboats. The luxury market, though, appears to be holding its own, and there is strong demand for sailboats.

It appears many boaters are also making changes to save fuel, taking fewer long cruises and traveling at slower speeds. Also, an increasing number of Maine boaters are trading their powerboats for sailboats, said Stanley Russell, a new and used sailboat dealer in Stockton Springs.

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Old 07-03-2008, 05:33 PM   #16
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I am much more likely to be patient when the wind drops. At this point as long as there is enough wind to keep boat speed up where the autopilot can steer I keep sailing. I'm getting some good practice anchoring in the dark. <grin>

I'm watching movies on my laptop instead of on my TV since the power consumption is so much less but I'm not sure the conservation is significant. Refrigeration is still my biggest power consumer.

Of course sometimes I reach the point of misery and fire up the generator to support air conditioning. That threshold hasn't moved yet.

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