Originally by Steve Schnitzer thoughts on the true cost per set. Hope this doesn't get me into trouble as I have no agenda just data from a similar thought process 10 years ago. The more things change the more they remain the same I guess.....

THE TRUE COST OF A SKI SET (revised April 2012) the costs are even higher now!

A new ski boat costs over $70,000.00. A 10% loan on that amount would end up costing the owner roughly $700.00 a month or $8,400.00 per year. The depreciation on this boat will run about $17,500.00 the first year (25%). The insurance on this boat costs about $800.00 per year. Storage can run $1,500.00 per year. Add to this oil changes $275.00, cleaning materials $110.00, maintenance $1,100.00, ropes and handles $275.00, permits and registrations $220.00, additional auto insurance $220.00 (you cannot pull a boat with a high gas mileage economy car), additional auto expenses $2,640.00, AWSA membership $60.00, miscellaneous expenses $550.00 and you have $32,930.00 per year cost to ski not including gas and the cost of new skis and equipment! If some-one skis 2 sets a day (a lot of days I don't even ski), 5 days a week, March through August and an average of 4 sets a week thereafter, they will have a total of 364 sets. Add in a spouse that skis the same amount and you now have 728 total sets. Let’s use $2.00 per gallon of gas times 1.5 gallons per set ($3.00) times 728 sets and we get $2,184.00. Now let’s divide the cost of owning the boat for the year ($32,930.00) by the 728 sets and you have $45.23 per set. Add the fuel costs to this and you get $48.23 per set. THIS IS THE COST! If we take a look at the folks up north who ski 4-6 months per year, this figure doubles or triples! So the next time you head for the lake with your ski buddy’s boat, keep these figures in mind. Handing your host $5.00 or $10.00 for a ski set is an insult!

THE TRUE COST OF A SKI SET (revised April 2012) the costs are even higher now!

A new ski boat costs over $70,000.00. A 10% loan on that amount would end up costing the owner roughly $700.00 a month or $8,400.00 per year. The depreciation on this boat will run about $17,500.00 the first year (25%). The insurance on this boat costs about $800.00 per year. Storage can run $1,500.00 per year. Add to this oil changes $275.00, cleaning materials $110.00, maintenance $1,100.00, ropes and handles $275.00, permits and registrations $220.00, additional auto insurance $220.00 (you cannot pull a boat with a high gas mileage economy car), additional auto expenses $2,640.00, AWSA membership $60.00, miscellaneous expenses $550.00 and you have $32,930.00 per year cost to ski not including gas and the cost of new skis and equipment! If some-one skis 2 sets a day (a lot of days I don't even ski), 5 days a week, March through August and an average of 4 sets a week thereafter, they will have a total of 364 sets. Add in a spouse that skis the same amount and you now have 728 total sets. Let’s use $2.00 per gallon of gas times 1.5 gallons per set ($3.00) times 728 sets and we get $2,184.00. Now let’s divide the cost of owning the boat for the year ($32,930.00) by the 728 sets and you have $45.23 per set. Add the fuel costs to this and you get $48.23 per set. THIS IS THE COST! If we take a look at the folks up north who ski 4-6 months per year, this figure doubles or triples! So the next time you head for the lake with your ski buddy’s boat, keep these figures in mind. Handing your host $5.00 or $10.00 for a ski set is an insult!

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