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Warm weather draws people to marina to kick off boating season

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LAKE CITY, Minn. (KTTC) -- Some have called this the winter that wouldn't end but finally spring weather has arrived. Many of these boats have been sitting for six plus months and are now finally about to touch down in the Mighty Mississippi.

"This is wonderful," said sailor Elliott Marston. "It's like jumping from winter to summer right away."

Temperatures warm enough to kick off the start of boating season had Lake City Marina buzzing with activity on Friday.

"They're anxious to get the boat in after the long winter," said Ernie Thompson of Lake City Marina.

"This is nice because the boat comes out of the water in the fall," one boater said. "It goes in the water in the spring, getting ready for the new boating season. It's a lot better, you know?"

For many life on the water is a yearly tradition.

"I like the wind and the waves and the action and the comradery with the people and the challenge of adjusting the sails and making it go fast," Marston said.

A sentimental tradition marked by that first day of cooperative weather.

"It's just great because you get to see so many people you haven't seen all winter long and have to catch up with everything that's new," said Rochester resident and boater Carol Kamper. "It's not all work!"

A streak of cabin fever about to break all thanks to the rise in mercury.

"Feels great today. The temperatures are perfect."

"It's a good time. Excited to be back."

Not everyone will put their boat in the water this weekend. Many people just need this nice weather to be out here cleaning their boat, prepping it, getting it ready for the season. But they say they're hoping to be in the water within a week.

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