Marina industry still afloat

February 2009 News

"The marina industry is still hanging in there," owner of Lake Viking Marine Larry Tauge said.

All weekend people have been getting a feel for their favorite boat and they say the economy isn't stopping them from buying the boat of their dreams.

"We're seeing a lot of people that are tired of the negative and they're gonna go play," Tauge said.

Doug Walker is one of those people.

He came out to the Topeka Boat and Outdoor show at the Expocentre in hopes of finding a pontoon boat.

"Just really wanted to see what kind of sales everybody had," Walker said. "Take advantage of the economy, you know, things are down a little bit might find a good deal."

He didn't have to look very long before he found some discounts.

"There's a lot of deep cuts in the prices so it makes it very attractive," he said.

Walker isn't the only one interested in a new toy.

Hundreds of people stepped aboard the boats looking for a perfect fit.

"There's still money available," Tauge said. "The credit thing really only affected the people who didn't really have credit in the first place."

He said boat buyers aren't the type to make an impulsive purchase, they usually shop around for a couple of years before buying.

"We see sales all year long," Tauge said.

He said things have not changed with lenders and there is still money available that they are willing to loan.

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