I live not far from you and yes Richard sold us both our boats.
I think we both know, on a bad day, the 'Straights' and even Nanaimo Harbour can get really stinky...
The one thing that would be hard to beat on the PA is it's amazing stability and closed storage.
I own an AI and only use it for fun.
I'm sure the fact that where you use this boat is also one of the most prolific areas on the 'Island' for salmon has not been lost on you
If it came down to a choice between a PA or a 12 foot pile of recycled beer cans, hands down it will be the PA.
(So many people's thread I read here simply have Zero understanding of the local conditions here in the middle of December in a gale with the temps below freezing....)