Stumplifter, I don't see any bigger boats in your bio.
I haven't done much of the outside West Coast
except in Salmon Trollers, but I've been Puget Sound
, outside of Vancouver
Island, and waters in between, for a bit over 50 years, and have lots of friends who have sailed up and down from the Columbia
, Strait of Juan De Fuca, and to and from Mexico
. All of them had inboard power, and used it for a significant part of their journeys, especially getting in and out, not just of marinas
, but over the bars, into the bays and motored out of harbours, and out the first 20 to 50 miles.
strapped to the stern of a 40 footer would be a disaster waiting to happen on that coast. There are tides, currents, and storms. A motor
that can push the boat
against 40 knots, in rough weather
can be a life saver.
(I have owned a couple of Out Island 41s, Alberg
37, Catalina 38
, among others)