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Re: San Juan 24
It's a tricky thing. I'd not want to sail the West Coast of the Island on a swing-keel boat. Not personally. But a full-keeler certainly complicates overland transport. Still, people do it all the time, so it's not untenable.
The beauty of the Barkley Sound and other areas on the West Coast that are road-accessible is that you have quite the playground of pristine, sheltered waters 'off the beaten track' Getting there on your own bottom has its own challenges and adventures, and it's not something many will want to do in a smallish boat (but do-able just the same... with the right weather window anything's possible...) Of course of the weather window proves shortlived you can definitely have a few OSMs....
Some of these access roads are less than optimum, and towing a high clearance keelboat might have its challenges there too...
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