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They're still rolling on the river

July 13, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Several boats trolled the Potomac River in 90-degree heat Saturday afternoon, but most boaters were anchored near the shore upriver from the Potomac Fish and Game Club near Williamsport.

The anchored boats are the "original Redneck Yacht Club," Tammi Taylor said. Every Saturday and Sunday this summer, between 20 and 30 boats drop anchor, she said.

"Fun is fun," said Taylor, who continues to ride a Jet Ski even though filling it with gas costs double now, she said.

"You work all week," said Taylor, of Williamsport. "You've got to unwind somehow."

Taylor and Bob Maccumbee, also of Williamsport, planned to boat Saturday afternoon.

"It's beer, food and fun," Maccumbee said.

At a cost of almost $20, Duane Dillard puts about five gallons of gas in his 16-foot Bayliner each time he takes it out on the river.

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During the summer, he boats three to four times a week, Dillard said.

"With five gallons, I can play all day," Dillard said.

Dillard doesn't plan to travel anywhere else this summer, and since the Potomac Fish and Game Club is only 10 miles from his house, boating still is a good deal, he said.

On Saturday afternoon, Dillard took his grandchildren and their friends out on the river. They planned to drop anchor up the river, he said.

Dillard also took a photographer and reporter from The Herald-Mail for a quick spin around the river on his motorboat.

During the brief ride, Dillard's grandsons, Brandon, 7, and Tyler, 3, yelled for their grandfather to drive the boat faster.

The price of fuel does cause them to think about their boating trips now, said Dillard's son, Scott.

Instead of running up and down the river, they anchor, he said.

About twice as many people anchor their boats this summer as last summer at the "original Redneck Yacht Club," which Dillard calls "The Beach," he said.

Dozens of people swam in the water around their boats, sunbathed and chatted with each other near the shore. A dog wearing a life preserver paced on one of the boats.

When Dillard went boating on the Chesapeake Bay about a month ago, however, no one was out, he said.

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