Since you don't need 9 feet of water, I would continue looking on the West Coast
, since it is generally cheaper than the Eastcoast and is hit less by hurricanes.
If you don't need to be in Tampa, then I would look in Southwest Florida around Charlotte Harbor
from Fort Myers
. This area has some nice canal homes.
Sailing in West Florida takes some getting used to, but is not impossible with a keel
of 6 feet, anything longer will restrict you badly, not only here but throughout the Caribbean
We are in Punta Gorda on Charlotte Harbor
and in June 2013 found a 1740 sq ft home with a pool and 140 feet of seawall for $294k. We had to extend the dock
to accommodate our boat, but that is not a big problem with so much seawall and a very easy permit
process. The seawall is maintained by the City for an additional tax of $500 per year, which is a bargain for my length of seawall.
Many cities with canal homes publish their most recent Hydrographic Surveys on line, which will give you an idea of water depths.
There are several relators down here that specialize in Canal Homes and can point you in the right direction.