Some great info in this thread - the weather
in the sound very easy to predict. In the summer conditions are dominated and governed by the North Pacific
High. As it moves farther N you get light air bright blue sunny days (with NW winds in the sound trendind more westerly in the straights).
Winter conditions bring more varied conditions - including some big blows as systems sweep down from the Gulf of Alaska
(aka the Aleutian Low) and as Lows and cold fronts power across from Japan
. This year along there was one storm that brought 90 kt+ winds to the coast and claimed a crew of a catamaran
being delivered to the Boat Show
. Winter is a great time to cruise
the sound, however as long as you keep a weather
eye on the horizon, wear thermals and have diesel
heat onboard. You'll have nearly every anchorage in the isles to yourself!
I think a heavy-displacement, full keeled boat would be a mistake for the 90% weather pattern of the greater Puget Sound
area, however, unless you plan to take off for parts
much south in the near future as we did in 2004. Otherwise I think you're best off with a lively sailor in the 25' range, perhaps even trailerable.
good luck, --Warren
SY Mico Verde
Mico Verde of Seattle Westsail 32 Yacht Sailing Journal Blog