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Old 08-29-2017, 07:31 AM
 
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Could anyone tell me how deep is the canal links to Lewes Creek? Looking for some opportunities near Ohara & Flamingo, thinking of buying a sailboat, maybe draft little over 5', would I be able to park the boat in front of my house? Or would I be better off find a local marina? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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The wider canal along O'Hara near Flamingo is popular for large monohull and catamaran sailboats. Some have lifts to keep them out of the water, but most have pilings at the dock to tie them off. Depth would not be an issue EXCEPT for the occasional extreme-low winter tides when the strong north wind blows water south. You will not be out sailing those days I assure you. Brrrr! Not even the fisherman or crabbers are out.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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Thanks for the info!

I was reading this for a different canal:
http://charlotteharborboatstorage.com/map-directions

which got me all worried it seems that canal can only accommodate up to 5' draft, wondering if most canals are the same depth?
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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You will not be out sailing those days I assure you. Brrrr! Not even the fisherman or crabbers are out.
Hahahahaha!! You live in Florida and said "BRRRR!!" You've been out of Michigan too long my friend!!
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Old 08-29-2017, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL - Dallas, PA
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I've only been on the Manchester waterway where it splits from the Ackerman a few times with my powerboat (12" draft), so I didn't pay too much attention to depths. But there are several areas on the Ackerman / Manchester (Lewis Creek on Google Maps) waterway (on which I live) that I would be concerned about if I were drawing 5 feet, especially at low tide.
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:26 PM
 
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...there are several areas on the Ackerman / Manchester (Lewis Creek on Google Maps) waterway (on which I live) that I would be concerned about if I were drawing 5 feet, especially at low tide.
Ditto....
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Hahahahaha!! You live in Florida and said "BRRRR!!" You've been out of Michigan too long my friend!!
55 degrees, with wind chills in the low 40s with a 20mph northerly wind IS cold! BITTER cold, lol
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I was reading this for a different canal:
Map & Directions | Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage

which got me all worried it seems that canal can only accommodate up to 5' draft, wondering if most canals are the same depth?
That boat storage yard is for the South Gulf Cove community and is mainly used for seasonal dry storage, not transient storage. The canals in SGC are generally deeper than 5ft. I just sold a home in there that had 11ft depth (and those are not affected by tides since they are behind a lock).
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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... that I would be concerned about if I were drawing 5 feet, especially at low tide.
There aren't any tides in the canals due to the lock though, are there?
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:16 AM
 
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Not sure why my earlier post seem to have been lost, post again sorry if I duplicated

So I found this wonderful website:
Frequently Asked Questions

But it doesn't seem to have the depth info, only this statement:
"Local harbor-access canals are allowed a maximum average MLW (mean low water) depth of 5 feet by the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection"

No expert on these sort of things, How do I read it? Does it mean Manchester water way has *at least* 5' in winter low tide?
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