We rented a canal boat two years ago at Macedon, and loved it! 3 night, 4 days I think. Only down side is not going so far away that you can't get back to the rental base. Locking through was a non event after the first time. Be sure to have gloves. Loved the free dockage in Lyons, Palmyra, and Newark. People very friendly, towns a short walk away. We plan on going back this summer on our Gulfstar, then head North on the Oswego, cross Lake Ontario, and up the Rideau canal to meet family at Ottawa. Planning the trip now is helping with the sub-zero temps today.
"Keep putting off till tomorrow, and you'll end up with a lot of empty yesterdays" Prof. Harold Hill