For those of us that live or keep our boats in the area we tend to forget just how great it really is. Whats available within a 30 mile radius is amazing not to mention the ease and savings of running in fresh water. The biggest surprise to most is how choppy it typically is, especially on weekends between the islands. Forget the "lake" mentality and think ocean and you'll be better prepared.
Scott, you didn't mention the dreaded SANDBAR across from CP it's really, really, really long.