Saltwater Canal Homes with Gulf Access

The Ultimate Retreat for the Avid Boater


Before going on a house hunt for saltwater canal homes with Gulf access, take a few minutes and try to determine how you want to use your new property. If you’re going to buy a power-or- sailboat, you need to ask yourself a few questions because you do not want to end up with a boat sitting high and dry most of the time. If you prefer power boating, there are many saltwater canal homes with Gulf access to accommodate smaller and midsize water crafts. Many saltwater canal homes offer easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway from which you have access to the Gulf of Mexico. 

However, if you want to accommodate a larger cruiser or a sailboat,  homes are a little more limited, especially if you don’t want to waste a lot of time traveling through boring canals before reaching the open water. Therefore, not every home posted as “Saltwater Canal Home with Gulf Access”  will fit your needs.  If you have been a lifelong  boater,  you probably know what you are doing. A boater knows if it is going to work. However, if you are new to boating, you better do some more investigation first. You need to figure out how easy it will be to get out on the open water, and back, of course. 

How deep is the water at low tide?

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? Questions over questions, but the more answers you get … excellent – even better.   

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’s whole stretch is deep enough. It takes only one low spot, and you are stuck with your sailboat. Some communities like South Gulf Cove, have a lock that’ll keep the water level at the same height at all times. That is a plus. However, that is by far not always the case when you buy a home at a canal. Not too many communities can/want afford to build and maintain a lock. 

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Sailboat Water Access to the Gulf


When you have a sailboat, consider a deep water canal that can accommodate that type of boat. However, with a sailboat, you have many other issues you need to avoid, too. 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 sailboat into the Gulf of Mexico’s open waters. For example: 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 that passage. 

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.

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