Pontoons a big hit at Western New York boat show
For many itching to get outdoors and enjoy the spring like weather, they didn't mind spending part of a warm day indoors at the Western New York boat and RV Show.
The Dome Center in Henrietta was packed with boats, RV's and campers in all sizes and price ranges.
One dealer says boat sales at this year's show were the best he's had in five years.
"First on the list has been the pontoon boat, which seems to be a real niche in the market that's growing. The second is probably just your basic that we would call the runabout, 18, 19 and 20 feet seems to be very popular new and used," said boat dealer Mark Meyer.
There were also plenty of camper trailers and motor homes on display. Some of them quite modest and others going to more extremes complete with wide screen televisions.
"Sales are great this year even though gas prices are a little high,” says RV sales manager Eric Breus. “We are seeing a lot of customers coming in, affordable rates and all that stuff, so it's been good."
With gas prices hovering near $4.00 a gallon, some people may be a little leery about purchasing an RV, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Larger motor homes get between 10 and 12 miles per gallon, but that hasn't scared people away from buying them. RV owners say it's a great way to travel because you have your transportation and lodging combined into one vehicle.
“I used to travel for business and I hated hotels," says John Yanick of Penfield. "This way I go on a vacation I got my own bed, I got my own bathroom, I got my own kitchen, all my own food so it's just a neat way out.”
Motor home owners say despite the high gas prices and low millage rates, it's still an economical way to travel when compared to the cost of airlines and hotels.