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Boaters Make Pinwheel to Save Gas

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- It's not just people driving cars who are feeling the pain at the pump. Many boaters are spending less time on the water because of the rising gas prices. 

Members of the Clover Island Yacht Club are trying to save gas while having fun on the water by making what they call a "pinwheel flotilla" on the Columbia River near the Port of Kennewick. 

Filling up a boat with gas can cost up to $300.

"It's hard to find that extra money to take the extra trip or take the kids somewhere," said Drew Lockwe, Clover Island Yacht Club.

Engineers from the yacht club have been researching the pinwheel effect. They would use larger boats at the corners with their anchors dropped. Then smaller boats would join them in between. 

Boaters say this is their best effort to save gas money while still having fun.