Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
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.
Never underestimate the power of the convergence zone that is known as the Pacific Northwest. Take if from a sailor that was in 40 seas off the coast of Oregon on a Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier trying to do sea trials, only to have the forward port side sponson cracked not once, but TWICE in two months in two storms!
Lots of shipyard workers and welders got overtime holiday pay at the Navy's expense.
And, in my own small sailboats I have experienced six foot waves in. . . . are your ready. . . . . Hood Canal! Small craft advisory in Puget Sound means what is says. . . .
But if you seasoned, you can hold your cookies!
Fare winds and Following Seas!