Charter Boat Companies Turning Customers Away Due To Fuel Prices

With gas prices on the rise, charter fishermen are feeling the pinch.

The state average for regular unleaded fuel is $3.47. In Carteret County most stations were priced at $3.49. Diesel fuel is even higher, causing concerns among the charter fishermen on the coast. President of Continental Shelf Bill Davis says he's had to turn customers away because the trip wouldn't have paid off.

"You just can's make the trips. People call wanting to go. They think you run everyday but you just can't do that now. You got to get enough to pay expenses," said Davis

Many Charter fishermen say they are also concerned high gas prices might keep people from traveling to the coast as well.

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  • by Boats Location: Beaufort - To anonin Wallace on Mar 6, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Tell that to Comrad Obama. Not that he's able, or even willing to do anything about it. Ans so far as the 4th grader is concerned, these charter operations are businesses. You can't operate a business at a loss but just so long before the creditors close you down and reposses all your equipment (boats, tackle, etc. And even 3rd grader knows you can't run a charter business without the proper equipment. Not many fishermen will hire a charter guide to fish off the bank.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Mar 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    someone commenting on a 5thgrader must be a 4th grader theirself. u have to keep prices down and competative. if they just raise them to offset the cost everytime then someone with a smaller boat can beat his price because it would cost less to run the trip. i am sure that there is a limit that people will charge so as to run an honest business and not gouge people. then in the long run you lose out if you over charge. sounds like to me we need our own independant oil over here and quit depending on the desert rats to supply and line their pockets with our money. now that , i am sure even a 5th or 4th grader could figure out.
  • by Michael Location: Vanceboro on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    Basic business practice demands that the price of the trip must exceed the costs incurred. Seems a simple math problem. " turn customers away because the trip wouldn't have paid off." Means you don't know how to raise your prices to allow for cost increases. Bet one of those fifth graders on TV could solve that problem !
  • by Brian on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    To "anon", I tend to agree. For some reason many complain about the tourist (I have come across just as many annoying locals as I have annoying tourist), but it is pretty common sense that without any tourist this area would lose 80% of the businesses in the area. Again I know there are bad apples in every bunch but why complain about the very people that literally support the economy? PS. Just watch the taxes sky rocket without any sales from the evil tourist! Now back to the story. Unfortunately I feel the prices are only going to increase throughout the summer and the charter business is just one of many industries that are going to suffer :(
  • by bob Location: obx on Mar 5, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    happiness is a north bound yankee! solitude would be a beautiful thing!
  • by voter Location: nc on Mar 5, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    anon; that would be the silver lining. hard on the kite and pinwheel store owners however. and the rangers may open the outer banks beaches again, due to minimal traffic. towns would be forced to lower taxes. the Long Island rat race would be no more. drivers would again wave to each other, as opposed to blowing their horns and giving each other the finger.
  • by jeh Location: newport on Mar 5, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    sounds like a yankee got their feelings hurt...
  • by anon Location: new bern on Mar 4, 2011 at 11:07 PM
    Pretty soon the price of gasoline and diesel will be so high that no one will want to come to NC for the beaches then all those local people who complain about "yankee tourists" can have the beaches all to themselves. Good luck...enjoy the solitude !
  • by J.A. Location: Belhaven on Mar 4, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    Then charge a fuel Surcharge. If customers want to fish they will pay to play, just like driving…. :-)

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