John Mercier

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  1. When do 2019-2020 registration number come out?

    We've seen some... but most are concerned with width factor and then complain to me about the limited miles. More miles cost more money.
  2. When do 2019-2020 registration number come out?

    They may. But with the State budget being upended, the expectation is that the study committee will not find a subsidy and the second bump in registrations will need to be activated. I think we may also see NRTP transfer from the NH DOT to be a question in the process. So I would guess the option of an early registration at a lower cost may be something that the study committee would be recommending. It probably won't change this year's increase, but could be used as an incentive the second bump to get registrations to start early.
  3. Quarrentine Check in

    So you intend to boycott Sununu and support Feltes? Good luck with that one.
  4. Quarrentine Check in

    Bike Week is cancelled for June... and many businesses that have the higher end customers are not happy with the concept of August. Unfortunately for Charlie St. Claire, a lot of people are beginning to notice that of all the municipalities with lake frontage, Laconia is in the worst shape... and is the only community that has lake frontage on three lakes. Business for us, due to that higher end customer is way up... more than 70% over last year... which was a record year for us. But with the possibility of losing LRGH, too many elderly on Medicare where the hospital isn't reimbursed the full cost of services, we may see that slow down as those that have some money... but are not really at the top of the game... begin cutting back.
  5. Snowmobiling driving NH Economy in Northern NH

    It is an interesting opinion piece... but shows off a major problem. Tourism is about $6 billion of an $80 billion State economy... so not really the driving force. The estimate is that Coos County accounts for roughly 3% of that $6 billion in tourism (based on M&R revenue). So it means that northern NH's economy is really quite bad.
  6. Electric recreational vehicles

    They have been for sale to the public in the UTV sector for a while now... just no hard numbers on the sales figures.
  7. John I apologize

    I'm not mad... never was.
  8. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    I am not consumed by hate... and no one has damaged my property. I am explaining that to landowners the survival of snowmobiling is of no real consequence. You keep thinking that it does mean something to them... and it simply doesn't. We've already explained... there are no landowner incentives. The only landowners with incentive are leasing their property to the BoT.
  9. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    Actually, I don't. I do not get paid to have my land opened to access. When you are the landowner... you get to determine whether it is of value to you or not. So buy land.
  10. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    There is no writing on the wall... LANDOWNERS decide. If you get landowner permission, you can ride off trail. But that is up to the individual... not the clubs. The more the landowners hear these statements... the more we question having anything open. You have to respect the people that own the property. It is why I tell people that complain... buy land.
  11. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    You know that it is a waste of time. The AMC and several national groups are going to oppose off-trail riding. They have much greater numbers than the 43k snowmobile registrants in NH. Finding a private landowner... or even starting a club that does not widen and groom their trails is more likely to create the effect. But most of these riders don't really want to go through any of the effort that is being optioned. It takes a lot of work.
  12. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    I think his point is they may want to work a lot harder... save their money and buy land.
  13. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    If anything... except the speed limits to tighten as the number of non-motorized users increases. Off trail is completely a landowner decision... NH has no say in the consideration except on public land that is state-owned. I wouldn't expect that usage to be allowed... since it isn't condoned for any activity including hiking. Registration fees... completely based on NHSA and local club maintenance costs. When they expanded the trail system from 6000 mile to 7800 miles(?); it should be presumed that the more mileage would result in higher total maintenance costs rather than lower. Our housing market isn't likely to see a drop with the number of retirees. People simply didn't save enough to keep their income level at where it was when they were working... to do so requires you to save about 10-15 times your income. Most retirees tend to save two to three times their income... so they sell the house and move to the cheapest that they can find in the region... because employment is no longer the issue. Personally, long term... I don't think they will. Riders will always seek a cost effective solution, or simply leave the format... and nothing in the numbers suggests that younger households are saving nearly enough for income replacement as they age. Not even taking into account that they have less SS coming and Medicare will probably not be as generous. But it won't be just snowmobiling. We may see a smarter younger generation opt for the lower cost new equipment... without all the power and capabilities... or older used equipment... and keep the difference for registration, camp, and accessories. Hard to guess. Money tends to move in and out of recreational formats in long cycles.
  14. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    By the way... you aren't likely to get a speeding ticket only going over the limit 4-7 mph. It could happen according to the statute... but real world results don't seem to suggest such a tight enforcement. It is like impounding... they avoid it whenever possible.
  15. # of properties to buy in NH compared to ME

    He is thinking only about it from a 2nd home (camp) perspective. Since that would only be property taxes - as far as we can tell - they would be easily comparable. Retiring there would be a whole different story.