Originally Posted by JFDII
Thanks all. We're looking at a Grand Banks 49. It is heated. We would hire a captain to go with us so we can continue getting experience and learning. We do have some charter experience and this would be a continuation of "checking out the trawler life" type trip. Was told that there could be days we need to stay in port. Other than marina reservations wouldn't really have anywhere we have to be (other than a return flight time at the end).
With that thought process, go for it. Sounds like you have a plan, can afford it, are looking for a fun getaway and gaining experience.
Even if you spend the whole time indoors and do short hops, some lumpy ones maybe, you should have a good time with a mix of marinas, like Poulsbo and anchorages like Sucia. Just examples. There are many other little west coast flavoured spots in the San Juan's that any first timer would enjoy.
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