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It's not just the weather/climate that should factor into this decision... you should also consider the nature of the region as it relates to cruising.
California, Florida, the Gulf, etc all have warm year round conditions that don't require winter storage. But I'd argue that none of them can hold a candle to the PNW for easily accessible sheltered cruising grounds.
Puget Sound, Georgia Strait, Gulf Islands , Desolation Sound, and even (for the more adventurous) into the inside passage and on to Alaska is the menu for this region, with few open ocean/leeshore trips. Typically still nights in most anchorages, and a good selection of bays and coves to best deal with the two primary weather patterns that cycle through are other points to highly recommend it.
"Winter" sailing is in fact doable, but is also on the chilly side and requires some dedication and decent gear. A bonus is having most anchorages to yourself.
But look at the big picture, more than just the climate!
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)