We take our play time seriously. According to the
National Sporting Goods Association, each year we spend a phenomenal
amount of money on recreation: golfing, $3.73 billion; scuba diving, $332 million; and
skiing, $722 million.
But how much do recreational activities cost per day?
For 18 holes of golf on The Mount Snow Golf Course in Mount Snow, Vermont, expect to pay
$63 per person, including the cart, and an extra $20 for club rental. Most courses offer
free parking, but Lunch will usually run you an additional $10 per person.
A day on the Killington ski slopes in Killington, Vermont, costs $89 for adults! $70 for
juniors and $48 for children, including lift ticket and equipment rental. Parking is free,
but lunch costs approximately $10-$12 per person, lessons run $49.50 for adults, $39.50
for juniors and $31.75 for children, and lodging is roughly $200 per night for a family of
To experience the underwater world of scuba diving at Gray Strokes Aquatic Adventures in
Marathon, Florida, expect to pay $135 per person for two escorted dives, equipment,
instruction, and the boat trip to and from the dive sites.
By comparison, boating actually costs less than these other forms of recreation, according
to a cyberpoll conducted by BOAT/U.S. Forty-eight percent of the survey's respondents said
they spend between $50 and $100 on fuel, food, beverages, boat supplies and transient
docking fees. Thirty percent said they spend $50 or less, 18% percent spend from $100 to
$200, and 4 percent claimed daily expenditures of more than $200.
Fuel, of course, is one expense. The amount of fuel a boat burns depends upon the size and
type of the boat, its motor and cruising speed. Generally speaking, however, it is
estimated that at 4,000 rpm a 17-foot boat with 90-hp outboard will burn about 5.3 gallons
an hour at a cruising speed of 28 mph. A 26-foot boat with a 7.4-liter engine will burn
about 10 gph at a cruising speed of 19 mph. And a 23 foot boat with 5.0-liter engine will
burn about 7.2 gph at a cruising speed of 28 mph at 3,000 rpm. See: Fuel
for Fun for additional information concerning fuel costs.
A day on the water offers the most recreational options and value for the money.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association conducted a study covering the leisure
activity and benefits owners derive from boating. The following are the top benefits,
according to the study.
· Relieves stress.
· Allows me to get away from it all.
· Experience nature, outdoors.
· Feeling of freedom.
· Opportunity to be with friends.
· Good family activity.
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