Sunday, December 12, 2004

Boating a boon for New York

Friday, December 10, 2004
J. MICHAEL KELLY
OUTDOORS WRITER
Boaters spend big bucks to pursue their sport on the Empire State's lakes and rivers.

According to the results of a study commissioned by New York Sea Grant, recreational boating had a total statewide economic impact of $1.8 billion in 2003 - enough to support 18,700 jobs and generate $728 million in wages.

Cornell University's Department of Natural Resources, which conducted the research, came up with the numbers by surveying a representative sample of the state's half-million registered boaters.

The study showed New York boaters spent $431 million in the state last year on trip-related items such as launch fees, lodging, meals and fuel. Some $173 million of that amount changed hands in counties bordering Lake Erie, Lake Ontario or any of the various Finger Lakes; $162 million in the New York City-Long Island metro area, and $54 million in the Hudson River region.

Non-trip spending was highest in the New York-Long Island region, at $907 million. The Great Lakes and Finger Lakes counties together took in $661 million in the non-trip category, while the Hudson region racked up $194 million in non-trip revenues.

This data comes on the heels of another survey, carried out for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, that listed New York as sixth among the 50 states with its total boat and boat-related purchases of $542 million in 2003.

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