Updated: 03/15/2014 5:49 PM
Created: 03/15/2014 5:00 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough
Despite the seemingly endless winter and icy water, Minnesotans are buying boats in anticipation of the summer months ahead. In fact, boat sales are up 5 percent, according to one east metro marine owner.
Mike Noonan and his family from Minneapolis went to Nelson's Marine on White Bear Lake on Saturday to buy a boat. He said he was undeterred by the cold temperatures to make the purchase.
"Like most Minnesotans, we're eternal optimists so we assume spring is on its way," Noonan said.
The anticipation of spring is not only bringing in browsers into east metro marine shops, but also buyers, according to Christopher Kapisak, owner of Nelson Marine.
"this year it's been the fact it's such a long winter and people are anxious to get out and think spring," Kapisak said.
Kapisak said boat sales are up 5 percent this year over last.
But two questions remain: When is ice out and will it push back the start of boating season?
The DNR told KSTP's Beth McDonough it's hard to judge, a lot of factors come into play. Sgt. Greg Salo said it varies from lake to lake, warm weather and strong winds help to break up ice in a short period of time.
For White Bear Lake, ice out normally happens by Mid-April.
Noonan said he hopes to have his boat water ready by the start of fishing season on May 10th, weather permitting.