Fuel Costs Rock The Boat For Boston's Tourism Industry

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston's boating industry is navigating choppy seas, thanks to the high cost of fuel.

According to Harbor Fuel, the average cost for diesel is $6.26 per gallon right now, with much of the record-high inflation rates driven by spiking gas prices.

For Tony Carli, owner of water taxi service Red Top Boats, the fuel costs are eating into his bottom line.

"Last year, the fuel costs when I started were about $2.50 cheaper. It's definitely taken a toll on the profit side of things." Carli said.

Carli, who has three vessels, says he's trying to avoid having customers shoulder the higher operational costs.

"It's really tough to be hit with the pandemic, and now, finally seeing people start to travel again," he said. "We could really make some good profits, really come out of the hole for my employees. Now we're hit with this."

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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