Originally Posted by defjef
These days I move from the East end (Shelter Island) as a summer base to Glen Island (New Rochelle) as a winter "base" and get to transit the Sound twice a year.
I prefer the sailing out east to the congestion in the west. I wonder if the economic downturn will be evident on the water
Fuel prices certainly cut the powerboat traffic this past year.
As for the economic downturn,....I think it will be evident in subtle ways.
A vacant slip or two at a normally booked marina, a couple of extra boats that don't go in the water
next summer, more For Sale
To use a restaurant analogy, a 20% drop in overall business might not be noticed on a Friday night. Instead of waiting 30 minutes for a table, you wait about 15. Fewer people ordered lobster, and expensive bottles of wine.
And the Friday afternoon company parties might have been cut in half.The holiday parties might consist of just appetizers instead of a full sit-down meal.
The place may seem just as busy, but in reality it is not.