RE: Dockage fees
I'm paying just over $800 per month (includes taxes and 1st 100 KWH) for my spot.* It is a 60' space and more than I need, but we chose it before we had even looked at a boat.* When we first had the sudden brainstorm to get a boat last March the first thing I did was go online looking for moorage.* I found the vacancy on an interactive slip map and, as I had passed by the area many times on my father-in-laws commercial trawler coming out of Fisherman's Terminal, I knew it would be a great place to just sit and watch the boating world go by.* It's expensive but, compared to the local options, well worth it in our opinion.* We basically have a waterfront cabin with an active view, even if we don't untie the boat.
If there's a downside to being inside the locks, besides the money, it's the locks themselves.* I can single-hand the boat in most situations but not through the locks.* There are work-arounds, such as borrowing crew from another boat, but it does limit my week-day quickies to the lakes.* Time spent getting through the locks is another issue, but one I don't mind too much.* As the saying goes..."if you're on your boat, you're where you want to be."
The photos are screen grabs from Google Earth.* Very recent as that's Tonic arrowed.