You need to be more specific as to what is exactly your interpretation of nagigable. All waterway canals are navigable but most canals west of I-95 are not accessible to the ocean. Those western canals have limited navigation and only allow for very small boats (rubber rafts, maybe jet-skis, or .5 HP motor barges) to putter around certain neighborhoods - boring - and that would explain why you don't get to see many boats on them. And if you find one canal that will branch out to the ocean, it will take you about 2 + hours at idle speed to get there and you will be limited to many very low bridges along the way by which you have to calculate your trips according to tides.
But for those who live on the east side of I-95, there are two sets of canals: those who have fixed bridges (limits the size of boats) and those who are "no-fixed-bridges" (allowing for mega yachts and sailboats). Teh no fixed-bridges areas do offer daily boat parades. That is one of many reasons why properties on the east side of I-95 are so much more in demand than their western counterpart and, consequently, command more value and the values increase exponentially as properties get closer to the ocean.
I agree with John about the waterways in the area of 33319. Some of the canals are cleaner than others, which is great for kayaks, canoes and small fishing boats. However, other canals aren't the cleanest and are best only for water runoff from the roads when it rains.
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In the 33319 area, those canals are not navigable out to the Intracoastal which opens to the ocean at a few places. But they are somewhat navigable within those canals around neighborhoods with many low fixed bridges to pass. So, only digny boats can make it and I guess that would be very boring to be putt-putting around the same neighborhood over and over, again. That's what I suspect is the reason why you don't see any boats floating about.
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Per your question on Trulia > Are the waterways navigabel? I never see a boat anywhere.
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IF you are talking about canals in neighborhoods are the county, than the canals are manmade, as part of the water management control, mainly in preparation for hurricanes.
Depends on location, boating will be limited based on boat size vs. height of fix bridges, etc.
In some areas, Home Owner Association restrict any boat usage, beside electric powered boats...
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Most of the waterways are navigable although some are restricted by fixed bridges. In fact, Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed the Venice of America due to our extensive waterway system. I have a contact at state department of transportation that helps me determine the clearance of the bridges and what size boat could fit under.
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