Originally Posted by Cuttyhunk47
Can someone tell me about the seasons and is winter boating really realistic?
We boat year round and our 43 year old boat, having spent the first 25 years of it's life in California, has no built-in heat in it.
If you don't like gray days, short days in the winter, and rain you will not like it here. i grew up in Hawaii so I've had my fill of blue sky, sun, and warm weather. I absolutely love the weather here; before I moved here a friend who was from this area told me the skies are not gray, they're pewter. That's a good way to look at it. I appreciate the occasional sunny day but the more it's cloudy, rainy or snowy the better I like it.
What I don't like is wind as it screws up both boating and the kind of flying we do. And for whatver reason winters here seem to be gradually getting more windy. Other year-round boaters we know have observed the same thing. Climate change, I guess.
The region is getting more expensive, with Seattle and the cities east of Seattle-- Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Issaquah, Woodinville, etc. leading the pack. Most of the higher paying jobs are in this core so the farther away from it one goes the less expensive housing becomes.
As for boating, particularly power boating, in my opinion there is no better region to cruise on the planet than the inside waters of the PNW/BC/SE Alaska coast. IF.... you like rugged, often remote country, big tides and fast currents, rocky shorelines and deep, cold water. If one likes warm water, blue skies and sandy beaches this is the wrong place to be.