Maintenance (to date):

  1. Replaced gasket on master head
  2. Replaced joker valve on master and port head
  3. Replaced shower/faucet sprayer in master and port head
  4. Installed monitor mounts in galley and port aft cabin
  5. Rebuilt galley cabinet as a result of monitor mount installation
  6. Purchased new monitor speakers as a result of monitor mount installation
  7. Rewired AC outlet in galley as a result of monitor mount installation

Maintenance (to do):

  1. Replace outdoor shower
  2. Thoroughly clean master and port heads
  3. Finish that monitor project
  4. Figure out how to get hot water without the engine running
  5. Rewire and rebuild all the things

Waponi Woo has a tall mast. There wasn’t any documentation about her mast height in the volumes of paper we received upon closing and it didn’t occur to us to measure it before we took off on our maiden voyage from Anacortes to Tacoma. It became glaringly apparent we needed this information when we approached Foss Harbor Marina in Tacoma. Getting to our assigned end tie required passing under Murray Morgan Bridge during an above average high tide.

The Murray Morgan Bridge is a vertical lift bridge which provides a vertical clearance of 60 feet above mean high water while in the closed position and 135 feet of vertical clearance in the open position. It also has the clearance posted on the bridge supports for boaters. The first time we approached the bridge, the posted clearance was 54 feet.  We came close, decided not to risk it and hit hard reverse. I then called the number posted for bridge opening and let them know I didn’t want to scratch their bridge.  Two hours later, they opened it for us.

It turns out we made the right decision. The next week, we measured the mast. We attached a tape measure to the halyard and pulled it up to the top.  Then we measured from that point to the water line. We added a few feet feet for the antenna, windex, and other equipment at the top of the mast and ended up with 68 feet above the water line.  It was at this moment that I took a good look at the boats surrounding us and realized we have a really tall mast.

We are now on a waiting list for an end tie on the other side of the bridge.


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