Charlotte Harbor is a great place for a home port. You have good water
depths between Punta Gorda and Boca Grande inlet and mostly good depths south to Ft Meyers.
The northern section has wide open water
and is great for daysailing. South of Boca Grande is an ICW
with good depths, but you need to stay in the channel. Our favortie destinations are Pelican Bay (south of Boca inlet), Cabbage Key (great restaurant), Sanibel Island and St James City. You have easy access to Gulf of Mexico
through Boca Grande inlet or via Sanibel Island bridge (at least 70ft clearance).
Bob and Annies marina is located in St James City (southern end of Pine Island) has a marine
railroad that hauls out many cats. I believe that can handle 25' + beam.
I think Charlotte harbor and Tampa Bay (our home port) are the nicest sailing locations on Fl west coast. They both have quick access to daysailing in large bodies of sheltered water with good depths. Most other locations are along the intracoastal waterway and there is often a long run out to the Gulf of Mexico
before you can raise "the laundry