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Apparently due to layoffs of lock personnel the hours for the canal locks have been curtailed. The locks will only be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on 5/1, but will change mid-May to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until mid Sept. when the hrs. will revert back to 7-5 until the canal closes mid Nov. So I guess all boater's will have to plan for an early tie up due to the shortened lock hours.

I find this unfortunate, an inconvenience & lousy customer service. What do you guys think?
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Apparently due to layoffs of lock personnel the hours for the canal locks have been curtailed.

I find this unfortunate, an inconvenience & lousy customer service. What do you guys think?
It's my understanding that the tolls are fairly cheap and, I'm guessing, do not come close to covering the full cost of operating the canal. If that is true, I'm not exactly sure what the complaint is.
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i still cherish the memories of the tranquility, beautiful scenery, and really pleasant people I've met, and friends made transiting the canal system, especially between Utica and Fulton.
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Thanks for the helpful post. I may be transiting the canal. Not sure yet.
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Wow, that is still 10 hours a day! Why not slow down and smell the roses? We cruised the NY canals and the Trent Severn waterway a few years ago, and it is still my all time favorite trip. Take your time and enjoy it.
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Apparently due to layoffs of lock personnel the hours for the canal locks have been curtailed. The locks will only be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on 5/1, but will change mid-May to 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until mid Sept. when the hrs. will revert back to 7-5 until the canal closes mid Nov. So I guess all boater's will have to plan for an early tie up due to the shortened lock hours.

I find this unfortunate, an inconvenience & lousy customer service. What do you guys think?
Well, I think you should offer your suggestions to the NY State Thruway Authority as to how to make these numbers work better to their advantage:

Annual operational/construction costs - $80-90 million

Annual revenue - $2 million

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/...-Thruway-tolls

The New York State Barge Canal is the best bargain for a boater there is, nothing else even comes close... Sure, it's gonna be tough to make miles with days that short, but a longer transit time sure beats the alternative...

Enjoy it while it lasts...

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It doesn't seem all that unreasonable to me.
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Ok Jon, I will make a suggestion to the Authority to raise tolls. I won't mind paying more, how 'bout you? I doubt it as most sailboater's look for a freebie, bypassing marinas when they're looking for a tie up. If the Authority raised tolls you guys would be the 1st to scream bloody murder.
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On a sailboat the Erie Canal is a long trip. 337 miles, and you have 10 days on a pass. Smell the roses? You HAVE to do 37 miles a day. It is a beautiful trip, but the mast over the companionway is a pain. And after a week of farms and fields at 5 mile an hour...you are ready to move on...And about sailboats, I'd wager that if powerboats rode as well at anchor they would do so more often. And looking for a freebie? Tad negative about sailors eh?
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I find this unfortunate, an inconvenience & lousy customer service. What do you guys think?
I thought it was a good post informing people of the changes that will transit the canal this year.

Far as the rest,

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