If you decide to do it, then Grays Harbor is a good stop to rest and time arrival at the Columbia
River bar. The marina is at Westport, on the right just inside the breakwaters.
Personally I would not recommend you make this trip with that boat. This is a serious bit of water
. Keep in mind that the outboard
is likely to not be useable for much of the trip unless conditions are flat calm. In the summer the prevailing afternoon NW winds can be in the 20-30 knot
range - a lot for that boat. Of course it is possible to do with great patience, waiting for the right weather
windows for each leg, but I don't see the point. There are lots of great places to visit in Canada
, from Barkley Sound, Victoria, Strait of Georgia
, Desolation Sound, Princess Luisa Inlet, and more - enough to keep you busy for a few years. There is also a lot of good gunk-holing in the South Sound and Hood
Canal. These are great places for your boat. And if you want to visit us in Portland then use a trailer to get here, then cruise
the river; same for the coast to at least San Francisco
. Actually, I would include the Sea of Cortes as a trailer destination
- the winds and seas on the west coast
can be pretty exciting.
With a trailer it is possible to store a boat quite inexpensively at the same places that offer RV storage
- no need for an expensive boat yard.
I would not consider building up a Ranger
23 for coastal cruising - it is the wrong boat to start with and will never be able to support the equipment
needed. It isn't the size; there are lots of good pocket cruisers in the mid-20 feet range.
Sorry for being a downer, but I think you deserve a candid opinion. At some point as size and weight is reduced it becomes less about cruising and closer to daredevil behavior. I have no doubt this trip could be made with this boat, but it has to be said that it would be a risky endeavor for any number of reasons.