It's rare to run across a marina which isn't well protected from the weather. As no one would want to keep their boat there, & the marina wouldn't be able to get insurance
either. But some are more protected than others. Particularly when it comes to wind in the rigging
& on the mast
. Which can make a lot of noise
, & have the boat dancing around a bit. Not enough to damage things or cause chaos, assuming you're well tied up. But if you're not accustomed to it, it's unnerving at first.
Most of the serious protection in marinas
comes from man made break waters & sea walls. Though topography also plays a big role. As you can find marina's which are set into natural "holes" which shelter them from the wind. And then there are others where at times the hills & land funnel the winds through the area, such as happens in some of the passes in the mountains in Bellingham. Where they get winter storm winds of close to 100kts. And I imagine that you've heard of/been to Hurricane
Ridge, up in the hills above Port Angeles.
I lived in Port Townsend for about 10yrs, & in the Winter a storm would blow through every 3 days or so. And due to where the mountain passes are on the Sound, part of the storms blow in from the South & West, down around Tacoma. With the other portion coming in through the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
So there are a huge number of micro climates in the region, in terms of what it's like when a storm blows in, & how many days of rain or sunshine you'll get.
As, for example, in Port Townsend, we'd get a storm every 3rd day, & then have crystal clear skies the rest of the time, from Oct/Nov until April. And yet in Seattle
they'll go weeks, or longer, without having a clear day during the same time frame. With the numbers for precipitation not telling the full story on this either. As in some locales you'll have overcast with fog
, & mist almost 24/7. Where in others it'll rain a few days a week for several hours, & that's it.
When you're looking, you can post notices on bulletin boards; both paper & electronic. And many times word of mouth is best. Such as visiting sailor's haunts, like sail lofts, gear
chandleries & the like. Since those guys tend to know most of what's going on in the region that deals with boats.
Also definitely try boat brokers, given that they know when slip X or Y will be vacated or temporarily vacant. Due to a boat's selling, or being kept elsewhere so that it's easy for the brokers to show it.
And the same's true at marinas, if you establish a rapport with them, & or contact them regularly. Since they can also sometimes move boats around a bit when several vessels in the marina are out of town, or on the hard
. Thus freeing up a slip for a while. Being "creative" definitely helps. Heck, you might even consider hiring a boat broker
to find you a slip, as they literally have the region wired. And you could assemble a resume, selling yourself/the family. Kids
& families definitely help open people's hearts.
Hope that helps a bit with finding a spot to call home. Fortunately everyone up there isn't yet tucked into their winter hidey holes, so your odds are better now than they might be in December.
PS: Any thoughts of living in the greater Vancouver area, or on one of the islands? There are lots & lots of big & little marinas up there too. And the quality of life isn't bad.