Drought has some hoping for a hurricanePosted on
The nation’s widespread drought shows no signs of relenting, causing more than one boat dealer to wish in desperation for a hurricane.
In Phoenix itself its hurt us because you just dont go out on a boat when its 110 degrees, said Mark Friedrich of West Marine in Phoenix. [On a recent day] it was 116 degrees; you cant do anything outside and its very, very dry. That part hasnt really affected us because its the same every year; its just been really hot this year.
Many West Marine stores had been doing quite well because of the heat, Friedrich said, but by early August Soundings Trade Only was unable to find any boat dealers in the hot and dry areas that werent negatively affected.
Rod Malone, of Sail & Ski, which serves most of central Texas with three locations from the I-35 corridor south of Waco to Corpus Christi, has experience with drought.
All 254 counties in Texas faced extreme drought conditions last year and this is the central part of the states fourth year of drought, Malone said. Most of Texas has recovered from extreme conditions, but the central part of the state continues to struggle.
The San Antonio store has been up about 15 percent, Malone said, and the other stores are down about that much.
San Antonios major reservoirs have had the benefit of some rains that we didnt get in central Texas, Malone said. Were just hoping for a hurricane.
Mark Huey, general manager at Teds Aqua Marine in Indianapolis, agreed.
Were still 6 inches behind, Huey said. It takes a lot of time to make that up. We need around 7 or 8 inches of rain. We need a hurricane.
For a full report on how the drought is affecting the U.S. marine industry, see the September issue of Soundings Trade Only.