Boat rental business staying afloat ahead of holiday weekend despite high lake levels

July 03, 2019 08:59 AM

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Do you plan on floating your way through the Fourth of July holiday weekend? It's typically the hottest time of the year to rent a boat, but how are high lake levels impacting business?

Boating rentals like Bayside Boat and Tackle are actually seeing a rise in business ahead of the holiday weekend — different from 2017 when high lake levels forced boaters and businesses to slow down. 

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Even though there is still a wake restriction on Irondequoit Bay, businesses say it's forcing people to slow down and actually enjoy the ride. It's an added benefit since many people renting are boating for the first time, so going slow means being safer. 

Boat businesses are seeing more people taking out canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats, which all do better in the calmer waters.

"Safety-wise, canoes, kayaks and sailboats all come first," said Jacob Anderson, owner of Bayside Boat and Tackle. "There's the Yacht Club right down the bay. People are slowing down and they are able to actually look at the scenery, and we all need that in our lives. We all need to slow down."

You need to check before you head out on any body of water because local lakes, ponds and creeks currently have strict speed limits to lower the risk of damage to property from high lake levels.


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