Low water could mean lower prices for new boats



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Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 11:15 PM

DALLAS — It was another busy weekend on North Texas lakes... or what's left of them in the ongoing drought.

Low water levels have led to more safety warnings, but it's also made a difference in the business of boating this year, as we found Sunday at the DFW Boat Expo.

Jamey and Kiersten McCurry of Frisco are considering a new purchase that comes with the promise of fun-filled summer days on the water.

"We’ve been kicking the idea around for years, and never thought it was the right time; but now maybe it is," Jamey said.

That's because the dry conditions might make it just a bit more affordable. "With the lakes being low right now ... maybe some of these guys want to make a bit better of a deal," he said.

One dealer admitted that the McCurrys are right.

"When the water’s a little low like this, some people cannot buy, so most of the dealers have probably got a little too much inventory," said David McIntyre of The Slalom Shop. "There’s no question that dealers are probably cutting prices a little bit more then they usually do, because their supply is a little high."

So if you’re shopping around like the McCurrys, your timing is good.

"You guys are already predicting rain for next week right? So that’s a great thing!" McCurry gushed.

The DFW Boat Expo continues July 18-20 at Dallas Market Hall.

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