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While I agree with Jeff to a point, sailing in the SJ's is many times more motoring than sailing. Not so say that some of the bays etc are not big enough to sail in and thru..........but if the wind is light, you will be motoring, as the currents can hit upwards 6-8 knots in bad spots, so missing a tide change is not fun.
On the other hand, a heavy sailing boat is NOT your friend around here. This can be off set buy buying if one is not on the boat already, a drifter/reacher style genoa. IE a jib made of 2-3 oz nylon made for light wind days, less than say 6-8 knots. WHile out of favor in other parts of the world, they are still popular around Puget Sound up to BC. Most boats in my local race fleet have one, including myself. I gained .5-1 knot vs a 155 carbon last weekend in a go to, spend the night, race back on saturday, where the wind never got above 8 knots. Sunday with 13-28 knot down wind run, different story.
Like all things, you have to decide the comprimises you are willing to take.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!