We have accumulated a few charters since Hurricane Ian and wanted to post our update here to help in the decision making for our fellow boaters, recreational and commercial.
Please wear your flotation device and cut-off lanyard all the time when underway!
Canal System: “Passable – with Caution” The western Spreader is passable all the way down to the Chiquita lock. Look out for Porta Potties, a trash can and some wooden boards right under the water surface. A few trees block some canals, Maxine, Buddy and Action but are passable if you trim up and go slow. Keep in mind, if the canal water level drops, this might change. Some boat dock contractors have taken up the task to chainsaw some uprooted trees and allow boaters to get through. All obstructions that we are aware of have been submitted to the City of Cape Coral, they expect the the removal can take up to 6 Month.
Glover Bight (“The Westin) to Sanibel Lighthouse: Marker #8 gone. Tree branches sticking up around Marker #94 (that little island with the Tiki hut that was for Sale pre-Ian). No issues going up to Sanibel Lighthouse, some dead fish from Red Tide.
Glover Bight to Picnic Island: Marker #8 gone. Tree branches sticking up around Marker #94 (that little island with the Tiki hut that was for Sale pre-Ian). No issues, water depths rather deeper than charted at spots. Some trees, bushes sticking out of the water along ICW, but no issues.