....yes Mike, that's what I'm saying. I'm not suprised if other people don't get it though. I 've been to van->PR and back, all inside many stops and detours with less than 8 gals of ob mix(6mpg with an o/b) and I figured I was treating myself. A heavier boat wouldve been a drag and more motoring.
For the OP in Vancouver, to go outside means to head south
through the Gulf islands, then up Juan de Fuca and further to Tofino just to get to the same latitude of Vancouver- an extra 200 miles much of it as quirky as anything northward. I'd definitely not bother with all that,to avoid Georgia
and Johnstone Straits. These are just not that difficult to sail, despite the current
being inconvenient. Cripes, there's Plenty of wind
in Johnstone Straits in the summer when the inflow is "on".... watch Fanny Isle in the local weathers.
Past that,there is plenty of choice as to route