We are thinking of moving to the Ft Myers/Cape Coral
(Florida) area. My family
has lived there for over 30 years and we have spent a lot of time on the water
but always in shallow draft
, fast fishing
boats. We are also considering anything on Pine Island.
We want to keep our Caliber 40 at a dock
on the property we buy in SW Florida
. We know we have to be downriver from the Cape Coral
Bridge. But, what we do not know is where to find 6’ of water
all the way from our dock
to the River. I have all the latest NOAA RNC charts
for SW Florida
but they are very limited on detail close to shore where we might want to dock the boat.
Our Caliber 40 has a water draft
of 5’ 3” and an air draft
We currently live on our boat in San Diego
so must do the initial house searching via electronic means.
A Cape Coral
local ‘waterfront’ real estate agent is suggesting houses on the Spreader Canal and along the Yachtclub waterfront area. He cannot assure us what the water depths are from the dock of each house to the 10’ of water in the river. Several of the houses he recommended have nice docks with lifts to 20,000 pounds but looking at pictures and Google Earth images
, I see only smaller powerboats in the area. There appear to be no sailboats so I am concerned.
The NOAA chart (11427) contains little detail close to shore but does contain ominous notes like ‘ 16” shoaling reported.” I want to be able to look at a chart or map and see water depths from the house to the river.
Where can I find some local knowledge to apply to our home search?
I want to avoid a repeat of the following situation:
Sometime in the late ‘90s we made a contingent offer on a “sailboat access” home on SW 54th (or close to there) because it was a corner lot looking at two intersecting canals and had a great 75’ dock. The agent, (who was probably not a boater), swore, (after many questions on my part), that the canal was over 6’ deep all the way to Glover Bight. My dad and I took his 25’ fishing
boat over there and sounded part of the canal and found several coral
or rock ridges that spanned the entire canal and brought the bottom up to 4’ (FOUR!) feet.