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A summer vacation at the Romney’s $8 million haven at Lake Winnipesaukee is more of a display of exorbitant wealth than it is a good ol’ fashioned family vacation. The only recognizable item we saw was a cooler. With the astronomical cost of boat owning and summer-home upkeep, a vacation with the Romney’s makes John Kerry’s windsurfing adventure look like chopped liver. The mandatory chores should represent middle class values, but the perennial use of a “chore wheel” likens everyday clean-up to a kitschy TV game. Inside the $630,000 boat house are some high-octane toys with unattainable price tags for most Americans. The volleyball and tennis courts are more panache than they are practical. And the horse stable, with guest apartments above it, probably costs more than the average middle class home.

Here’s a look at the cost of a vacation with the Romney’s:

Sea Ray 290:


Though Mitt’s family boat is not a yacht, it’s one step away according the boat maker’s website. This 29-foot bow rider can safely occupy 15 people–even though it looked as if there were 25 Romney’s on board. A new Sea Ray 290 costs between $100-200k, depending on the bells, whistles and engine.

Sea Doo GTI:


Next to the kayaks and canoes, which cost several hundred dollars a piece, sits the Romney Jet Ski. A brand new Sea Doo GTI runs anywhere from $9,300 to $11,699. That’s 10 times the cost of windsurfing board that was probably used by John Kerry. One more thing: Does Ann always get to drive?

The Horse Stable:

The cost of the edifice itself is unknown, though it’s probably more than the $630k boat house, but the price tag on what sleeps inside the stable is in the same price range as Mitt’s boat. In 2003, Ann Romney paid $105k for her horse Super Hit.

Want to see more of Romney’s expensive toys? Check out the things he could buy with the tax break that he plans to give himself.

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