We just moved to Cape Coral
, rented a nice place on a sailboat direct access canal, and found 3ft of water
at the dock
. What a bummer! We had to rent the place without visiting it first (loooong story) and discovered our real estate agent was not entirely truthful about "8ft depth" in the canal. Oh well. The boat is still under the snow in RI, so we have until early June to figure out where to store it, but there are plenty of options here - just very disappointed to not be able to keep the boat behind the house.
I second what others have said about using Google Earth
to look for canals with sailboats. Be aware, however, that when we went out with our dinghy
for a canal tour, we found some of those nice sailboats sitting on their keels, at least 2ft out of the water! I'm not sure how those boats ever got there in the first place! I've been told that we are in the dry season (Jan/Feb) and that the water
level will rise, but it just seems unlikely to be enough.
My advice would be to avoid our mistake and actually navigate the canal behind any prospective home to be SURE it is deep enough. We just bought a handheld depth sounder
and I've been going up and down canals in the dinghy
to see which ones are deep enough. What we are finding is that the canals with multiple sailboats are usually safe, but the ones with one or two are frequently too shallow. Good luck!