It's kind of coincidental that I got an email notification of a reply, when I was just reading about the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Thanks for all the first hand info. I did not know about the anchoring depths, although I had heard a bit about the currents.
We have a 6HP tohatsu sailpro outboard that's only a year old. Hopefully that will be enough. I may lower the mount a little to keep it in the water when the waves pick up.
I'm thinking of putting in near Olympia, and then meandering up to the Strait and seeing how I feel in that area. I'm not worried about the Sound itself.
Right now the two of us are very comfortable in 20 knot winds on the Columbia River. We have a lot to learn just like everyone else, but we're gaining a lot of confidence.
I decided to beef up my boat before we go, and getting the following: (please feel free to critique my choices)
Garmin Striker 4 (fishfinder) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NI17HQ
Complete electrical wiring with solar charger, new battery, LED throughout, and navigation lights.
Handheld VHF https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KN6LKVG
Inflatable PFD so that we'll actually wear them the whole time. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXVUM60
Longer anchor rode
Various other maintenance issues, some glass and gel coat work, gaskets for the cockpit lockers, etc. I'd really like to lead the lines aft, and redo the standing rigging. I'd also like to buy a rigging tension tool and go through all of it.
Right now I have 3 anchors. A danforth (not sure of the weight, I'll have to check it) with about 10 feet of chain and 100' of line. A "navy" style that's about 20 or 30lbs, and a three fluke mushroom. I primarily use the danforth.
One thing I have been wondering, is there cell service throughout the Strait of Juan de Fuca? I'm wondering if I can use my phone as a navigation aid.