Originally Posted by Thenaz007
I am actually considering 40-47' cats - I understand the bridge and ICW mast height clearance concerns. If I prep for the bigger cat then it still remains an option :-)
You need to be really careful about the houses/marinas you consider! We have been working on the same problem (big - wide catamaran) in SW Florida.
We found a very nice marina with some great condos overlooking it. There were no overhead obstructions. But, after several phone
calls and close examination of charts
we found that there was a lock
between the marina and deep water
. The lock is only 19' wide.
We looked at several "inexpensive" canal houses in the SW / Yacht Club section of Cape Coral
. We found a couple older homes with nice docks in the $250,000 range. Again, close examination of the charts
showed overhead power lines on the two main canals out to deep water
. Each power line was at 55-feet.
The identical homes on the deep water side of the power lines are $150,000 more.
Most of the canals are only 50' wide and I am pretty sure you can not put a 26' wide catamaran on a dock to block most of the canal. There are a number of 100' wide canals but, the home owners know there value, and charge a premium for the wider canals.
We found a nice home in St. James City, on the south tip of Pine Island, with a 100' canal and plenty of room for a big cat - BUT - it is 8-miles out to water that is more than 5-feet deep with a channel that is more than 400-yards wide.
The St James City location is pretty good but it is 8-miles to a little grocery store and 18-miles to any other kind of shopping
All the Caloosahatchee River bridges (between Cape Coral
and Ft. Myers) are 55' which is much shorter than the ICW standard.
... and so it goes.