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Serah, have you checked out moorage in Deep Cove? The commercial marina there seems to have short waits (or used to anyways!) for small boats. It is also extremely convenient for daysailing in a smaller boat. There isn't much reach for the waves to build, so you can sail in Indian Arm in weather you wouldn't dare sail in other places (like Howe Sound). It can be a gale warning for Vancouver and you might not see more than 10kts in the Arm. We sail a 24 footer almost exclusively in the Arm, mostly due to the long haul out to English Bay, but we never get bored. Reid Point may also be a good option.
What is your budget for a boat? I have seen some nice looking San Juan 24s for sale here on the South Coast, and they probably can be had for under $5000.
Last edited by shawmac; 02-15-2009 at 11:38 PM.