We are in the final stages of preparing to shove off, hopefully in January. We had been planning on getting a catamaran
, but are looking at a mono because it would give us an extra margin of financial safety
and allows us to not have to worry so much about splurging on shore once in a while should the mood strike us. So we would like to charter
a mono for a week. (We've been on smaller monos for shorter times, but want to see what it feels like with a family
for longer, with no captain). We will be in Seattle
in July, so we are thinking of bareboat
chartering out of Anacortes for a week. So, my questions:
1) Weather-wise, is that a good time for sailing in that area? We can go anywhere for the rest of the year, would it be better somewhere else?
2) Our goal would be to anchor
out part-time, and maybe visit a marina 2 or 3 of the nights -- how is that area for both of those?
3) Is there an issue with being so close to the Canadian border so that our only choice is to go south? (I can't imagine the charter
companies like their boats leaving the country.) Will we feel limited?
4. Is there a better place to charter in the Seattle
area given our goal of anchoring
out, maybe exploring some parks, etc?
NOTE: No mono vs cat discussion, I've read them, been on both types, and know the trade-offs!