Originally Posted by CapeWhaler
And a takeaway for all of us using the these canals should be to patronize these businesses along the way that depend on the canals.
I'm not personally a huge supporter of the whole "buy local" thing, although it's a good sentiment and I do what I can.
But for the canals, I think it's in all of our best interests to think that way. Anywhere else in the Northeast they're going to charge you $100-$200 per night just to tie up. No reason we can't give at least some of that back to the local communities which let us tie up for free, or for a very nominal fee.
The canals are expensive to maintain. It won't take much to convince the taxpayers to just abandon the whole thing. Every dollar we pump back into the local economy is a small step toward keeping them operating.