Expect to pay $5.00/gal by the end of the summer. Go fast boats are a bad investment no matter how you slice it or when you buy it. Its not real estate, you're not Jim Cramer. Forget about the "market", when you can get the best price, etc. Get the best boat you can for what you can afford and have a blast. Life is short and if you wait too long for your ship to come in, your pier may collapse.