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 bring your power- or sail boat you need do ask a few questions.
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? 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?
Low tide, combined with strong winds pushing the water out of the canal, can rain on your parade. Now, you are sitting high and dry watching the pelicans floating by, looking up at you. If the boat dock in front of the house is deep enough, don’t assume that the canal throughout is deep enough. Maybe you have to spend some uncomfortable hours on the bay until the water is high enough for your boat to pass those flat spots. Some communities have a log that’ll keep the water level the same at all times.
Sailboat Water Access to the Gulf
Perhaps you have a sailboat. Then you only 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.
Here are a few tips from the “pros” which will give you a heads-up on what to expect when purchasing a home by the water. Are we “pros”? Well, we think we know one or two things about boating.We had a 28′ and a 35′ (6′ draft) sailboat on the Baltic Sea for many years. During that time we sailed to Copenhagen and other destinations. We had a 28′ cabin cruiser in Florida for many years. We are lifelong boaters and have been enjoying our kayaks for many years. What next? We don’t know, but we will always have a boat to enjoy the beautiful waters in our area.
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.