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My wife and I keep talking about heading out to Neah Bay one of these summers (instead of Desolation Sound which is our usual trip) and sailing a couple days towards Hawaii and then turning around and sailing back. We keep putting it off though, but I'd like for her to experience it before we put too much more money into the boat for our planned full time cruising retirement.
You might also try a trip to Barkley Sound. That will get you into some of the bigger conditions, but also will provide you with a great destination.
Then try going out to Cobb Seamount. 46 43.6 N 130 51.1 W It is 13 fathoms deep (your depth sounder will tell you it is there) and there is a ODAS buoy nearby. I have not done this myself, but some use this as a destination on courses.
I get a lot of students on my Around Vancouver Island courses who want to get some experience of the Pacific. We do a long sail from Winter Harbour to Hot Springs Cove via the South Brooks ODAS buoy.
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