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Yes, there will be far more deep draft boats in the PNW... you don't have to contend with the problems that the Chesapeake or even the east coast as a whole have. There isn't an increased demand or need for shoal draft boats, and in fact, there's probably a decreased demand for them overall, given the depths of most of the harbors and anchorages there. They're probably fairly scarce in the region as a result. However, some sailors may prefer them—and for that reason may not be willing to trade up to a deeper draft boat—keeping the few that are in the region even scarcer.
I wasn't making any insinuations... and if you took it that way... grow up.
A lot will depend on what make and model of boat you're looking at too, as well as what your eventual sailing goals are. If you're planning to stay in the PNW mostly, then I don't see any reason to get a shoal draft boat, unless you want to be able to sneak into some of the "thinner" waters a shoal draft will allow you. If you're planning on going to the Caribbean, a shoal draft might make sense.
That said, why would you want to buy an east coast boat with shoal draft and then pay to ship it to the PNW. It would make far more sense to buy a boat on the west coast someplace, since the shipping or delivery charges would be far more reasonable. Even buying in the Great Lakes and then shipping it to the PNW would make more sense, and the boats on the Great Lakes would have the advantage of being freshwater boats, from an area with a relatively short season... A boat from New England or the Great Lakes that is 10 years old, will often have less wear on it than a boat from further south that is half its age.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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