Re: Sailboat under $5000 for Puget Sound
I'm a little familiar. I went kayak camping for a month a couple summers ago, so I had to learn the tide charts and weather.
I also learned to sail in Hawai'i and have been out in 50 knots and 12 foot seas. Not regularly, but I have.
No way I'm sailing from Portland though. Maybe I'd consider it if it was the PERFECT boat and the heart of summer. But everything I've read is that getting across the Columbia river bar to the Pacific is the worst one the west coast. Then it's a lee shore with really bad weather and no harbours all the way up to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and I have heard that isn't always pleasant either.
I should buy a boat, in the water and ready in Puget Sound.