What exactly is “deep water”?

That’s a very good question and exactly the reason that I chose my real estate specialty, because “deep water” is a regional definition. Boat owners look for deep water properties to keep their boats in their waterfront “backyard”.
When I owned my first 26′ Hunter sailboat in Maryland, “deep water” was generally considered to be 6′ MLW (Mean Low Water is basically the average low tide level). Creeks and rivers off the Chesapeake tend to have steep banks so deep draft boats can anchor or tie-up pretty close to shore. This is why you’ll see large sailboats in abundance on the Chesapeake Bay and concentrated around the sailing mecca of Annapolis.
A few years later and having upsized to a larger family sailboat, we considered relocating to the sailing capital of North Carolina – the small friendly town of Oriental. Unfortunately, “deep water” around Pamlico Sound means anything deeper than 3′ MLW, and that often means building a long pier through the marsh to reach that “deep water”. The area is also affected by wind tides that drive even more water out. It seems that about the only place to keep a large sailboat is in one of the marinas.
Florida has been a completely different experience. Most locals say “deep water” is around 4′ to 5′ MLW. But many St Pete residents are transplants from around the country, so you’ll get a lot of different answers, and you’ll hear 6′ pretty often. It’s pretty much personal opinion, so you’re likely to see anything in an MLS listing.  Occasionally, you’ll see a property labeled with “sailboat water” which stands a much better chance of meeting your personal definition of “deep water”.
My job as a Buyer’s Agent is make sure that my buyer’s “deep water” property will be deep enough for their boats, whether sail or power.  While some may dismiss the value of a “local agent”, when it comes to knowing boating property, only an active boat owner will be able to advise a boating buyer properly.


Broadwater – Gateway to the Gulf

Surprisingly, you’ll find that many ‘Burgers don’t have a clue where the waterfront neighborhood of Broadwater is located in their city. I often have to explain, even to long-time Saint Petersburg residents, that it’s “behind Maximo”. It is no secret, though, that Broadwater is one of the most affordable and accessible sailboat-friendly canal neighborhoods in Pinellas County.
Intrigued? More to come…..