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Boat sales are up from last year

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Boat sales are up, well kind of.  Boat sellers at the annual Mid-Columbia Boat and RV Show in Richland say sales have increased since last year. 

More people are out buying boats, but sales are still down from 2007 when the economy took a turn for the worst.  However, they expect sales to continue to climb, especially locally, because one of the main Tri-Cities family hobbies is boating.

"There's a lot of new people to the and people working out at Hanford that want to spend time on the river, and they've been here for a year and see that's the thing to do during the summer, says Jon Gunter, NW Marine and Sports.

Gunter says the way people boat has changed because of fuel prices.  Now many travel up stream, shut off the engine, and float back down all in an effort to save a few bucks on gas.