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Soua Ziong, right, of Cottage Grove, Minn., talks about his new $22,000 Lund fishing boat behind him as his wife Mailee Kong listens Friday, May 24, 2009 at Rapid Sport Marine Center in Ham Lake, Minn. Xiong, who put off buying a boat last year due to the economy, thinks it's a good time to buy. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Buying boats in a tough economy

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The economy was a big part of why Soua Xiong held off buying a new fishing boat for the past couple of years. Hoping the worst was over, he was ready to do more than look when he walked into the Rapid Sport Marine showroom.

"It's a good time to buy. It's time for a change, and I think things are changing," Xiong said after signing the papers on a shiny new $22,000 Lund fishing boat to chase walleyes in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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