Thanks for the feedback regarding boat choice. You have opened my eyes to boats that I would have otherwise failed to consider.
The Norsea27 is high on my list, as it would be a substantial improvement over my former sailboat (a PS Flicka, which I found a bit too small, sluggish and unresponsive, and no inboard engine). I particularly appreciate the "go/anchor anywhere" convenience of it's shallow draft
. Not sure if the Norsea may be a bit too sluggish in light air.
Given that I/we will be living on-board for 4-5 months, a sailing-oriented pilothouse, like the Gulf 29, would be a logical choice, particularly after what I have read about weather
north of Vancouver Island. I will have to find out more about performance under sail and in choppy seas.
Although I love full-keel cutter-rigged classics, the J33 seems to offer high-end sailing performance with a decent/comfortable cabin
. I will definitely take a much closer look at the J30 and 33.
On a sunny day on the Puget sound
, something like a J-boat would be just the ticket. But I also remember enviously eyeing a comfortable looking Pilothouse after some cold and wet days up Princess Louisa Inlet in October.