New guy Dale checking in here. My wife and I have been sailing the tiny lakes of Colorado for the past two years as members of Victoria Sailing School's "Why Buy?" club in preparation for more extended salt water cruising. We still have a lot to learn but are approaching the point where we would like to begin getting some more "open water" experience with overnight and weekend cruising, possibly in the Anacortes area.
To date, our sailing experience has been 100% on J-22s so we are very interested in learning what SailNet members have found to be satisfying small cruisers (27 - 34 foot?) for sailing the San Juan Islands area. Although we don't consider ourselves racers, we do enjoy the occasional informal competitive sprint across the lake so we would value a boat with at least moderately good performance characteristics.
We are very interested in learning more about marinas and marine services in the Seattle-Bellingham area. Any general info on +/- of various locations (including costs!) and the crusing community is welcome.