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Re: Puget Sound, San Juans sailing tips and warnings?
Have we all "dodged" the OP's topic enough!?!?!?!?!?
I have to admit, I am a bit biased with my boat, but reality is, any fin keeled boat out there, in good shape, taken care of etc, with an INBOARD, will do fine around the salish sea.
WIth this in mind tho, MANY folks cruise with smaller boats that have out boards, or engines in wells. I know of one couple who have owned a T-Bird for some 20 yrs, and have been from the seattle area up to desolation sound a few times. My boat has been up there with the original owner of 20 yrs, I have not made it as of yet.
27-30 is probably a minimum sized boat with general options most will want for weekending. This length should net you a 2 burner stove, possibly an oven, some kind of enclosed head, possibly a shower depending upon how old etc. Most of these should have an inboard, be it gas or diesel.
Extra amenities like dodgers, bimini's, spinnakers, etc should be based on the how you sail, where etc. Overall, I find not having a dodger is best for me, but at times I wish I had one. I use at dock, a custom cloth canopy that goes over the boom, behaving like a bimini when I am at the dock. Will not allow me to sail worth a dang....but that is another story. I find the dodger would be nice more motoring, especially into the wind and waves.
Good luck on choices and options.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!