Saltwater Canal Homes with Gulf Access

The Ultimate Retreat for the avid Boater


Before you are going on the house hunt for waterfront homes, take a few minutes and try to determine how you want to use your new property. In case you want to buy a power- or sailboat, you need to ask a few questions because you do not want to sit with a boat high and dry. A boat needs water under the keel.  


Questions Asked

Try to figure out how easy will it be to get out on the open water. How deep is the water at low tide? Are there any oyster beds or Sandbars? Oysters are razor sharp. Are there other obstructions like old concrete/steel building structures below the surface. How much space is there to maneuver your boat? Are there any bridges to pass, and how high is the clearance at high or spring tide? 


What are the conditions in the Canal when the weather is not so perfect?


Low tide, combined with strong winds pushing the water out of the Canal, can rain on your parade.  If the boat dock in front of the house is deep enough, that doesn’t mean that the canal is deep enough in its entirety. 

It takes only one low spot and you are stuck with your sailboat. 

Some communities have a lock that’ll keep the water level at the same hight at all times. That is definitely a plus. However, that is by far not always the case when you buy a home at a canal. Only communities can afford to build and maintain a lock.

Sailboat Water Access to the Gulf


When you have a sailboat, you need to consider a deep water canal, that can accommodate that type of boat. However, with a sailboat, you have a lot of other issues you need to avoid. The channel needs to be free and clear of any obstacles. You don’t want to damage your mast or the expensive electronic equipment attached to it. You require more space to maneuver the boat in strong winds, strong current, and while sailing. Also, keep in mind that it can be tricky to get your 35 footers into open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Venice Jetty is deep and easy to navigate, the strong current can make it difficult for smaller and less powerful sailboats to go through the passage. Stump Pass in Englewood is also tricky for sailboats. The pass is pretty shallow at low tide, and the seabed is always in motion. You never know what to expect after a storm. However, the good news is, that Stump Pass has been dredged recently to accommodate Sailboats and larger boats.   

What to expect when buying waterfront property? 

 Florida’s natural beauty has always been a  major attractions for both tourists and residents.The coastline that draw so many people to Florida is potentially endangered by the increasing population. To protect the distinctive natural features for the enjoyment of future generations, the Florida Legislature has enacted laws to regulate activities which may pollute or destroy environmentally sensitive lands and waters. Regulations have been enacted to protect wetlands, sea grasses, mangroves, and endangered species such as manatees and sea turtles. Generally, any activity conducted in, on, or over the surface waters of the State of Florida will require a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and/or the State Water Management District. These activities are also regulated by the counties and municipalities within the State. If you are considering buying water front property make sure to be aware of the laws and regulations. Ask about our Waterfront Checklist here.

Search for Saltwater Canal Homes with Gulf Access


We made it easy for you to find you next Home with Gulf Access. Whether you want to be in Sarasota, the Venice area or Englewood, we have you covered. Punta Gorda Isles and Port Charlotte have some awesome choices when it comes to Saltwater Canal Homes. Check them out below. Contact us for all your waterfront home needs.

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