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Old 09-27-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Hello all:
I recently bought a home on the pellam waterway can any one tell me what the average depth would be I'm trying to decide on how large of a boat to buy

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Old 09-27-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I don't know the depth but you can probably look down the canal at other boats and get a pretty good idea of what size boat you could have by looking at neighbors boats. You also need to take into consideration any bridges and their height.

If you want to know depths call Fishin' Franks. Frank could probably tell you: Fishin' Frank's
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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I was trying to find some links to maps with waterway depths, but couldn't find anything that was current. I called Fishin' Franks, best resource out there. He gave me a rough idea of each general area of depths. But he said certainly, give him a call and he would be happy to provide you with information on purchasing a boat to suit your needs in your area.

For others looking here is information about water depth during low tide. A little higher in summer and maybe a little lower in winter.

Harbor Heights - 3ft
Port Charlotte Canals - 4 ft
Punta Gorda Isles Canals - 6 ft (sailboat)
Gulf Cove - 4 ft

Hope you find the boat you are looking for and are able to enjoy the waterway as well.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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If you see a lot of larger boats with fly bridges or sailboats with fixed masts ect. Those boats draw more than 3.5 to 4 feet on average.Don't assume if you see just a few larger boats in a canal that you can have one yourself. I have seen many people get boats into canals at just the right time of the year and not be able to use them due to tides ect. Do yourself a favor buy a boat that draws 2 to 3 feet at most in Florida. The shallow waters not only in the canals but everywhere else will be much less of a problem for you in the long run. I have had both and the less she draws the more fun I have had. The best way to find out though is take a small boat with a depth gauge at the lowest tide of the year and measure it for yourself and check brides along the way.That way you know for sure before you spend your money on a boat. Good luck.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Thank you so much for the great info I will consult with Frank for sure. And I have thought of renting a boat with a depth gauge. Does a fish finder work the same way? Will that give me depth?
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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A fishfinder gives you the color to the bottom and contour of the bottom. A depth gauge gives you a real number 1,2,3 ect. for the depth. I prefer both that way your covered for what each was really designed for. In your case use a depth gauge. I have used a drop line before. It takes more time but its cheap and easy.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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Remember these canals are no wake. A marine police officer lives on the Pelham waterway and cruises this canal frequently. Personally, I welcome him.
Welcome!

Oh, there is a guy on here (Messing about) which I'm sure will chime in. He knows this waterway very well.

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Old 09-28-2011, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Thanks again for all the very useful information
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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We own a lot on Rock Creek on the water. I have a 35ft cruiser (twin engine, draws 3ft with drives all the way down). I've had my boat up the Pellam Waterway, no problem. There are two 10ft bridges, so at high tide I have to be careful as my clearance is 9'8" to the top of my radar. You can get a pretty good size boat in most of the canals in PC
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Old 10-01-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rock creek View Post
Hello all:
I recently bought a home on the pellam waterway can any one tell me what the average depth would be I'm trying to decide on how large of a boat to buy
Let me help you with this.
I live on the Auburn Waterway behind the last bridge and am on my second boat since moving here in 2007.
I will send you a private message with my contact info.
Check your email.

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