Art H , you've mentioned cruising Georgia Straight Washington [ don't know where that is ] state , all the way to California by the Oregon coast . I wouldn't even consider doing that in my friend's triple engined 47' offshore boat ! The Oregon coast is one of the worst to cruise down to Cali .
Friendly reminder from the Columbia Delta
Most salty guys going out 100 miles from shore to find calmer water when they have to make that trip . Saw a few 60'+ yachts at the local yards bent out of shape getting water over the bridge coming up by the Oregon coast . Here in the Georgia Strait [ Vancouver BC area ] protected by Vancouver Island , we have conditions you wouldn't want to be out when the north westerly wind start blowing .
Here's a picture of my friend's 33 Donzi that gets water over the windshield regularily coming across the Strait . This was a nice calm day
Got soaked so many times in the Donzi that he built this 33 foot boat entirely to cope with the unpredictable weather of the North West .
There's an older 1989 Formula 402 for sale in the NWoffshore.com classifieds that's the minimum size spanning crest to crest to be comfotable with in 6 footers . Price is right below 30 K .
Ps; like Chris Sunkin mentioned read Chapman's Piloting over and over if you really want to venture far offshore .Radar is a must , since fog is another problem , offshore racers from the 70's 80's found that out pretty fast !