MV Wenatchee passing Duwamish Head
|Operator:||Washington State Ferries|
|Builder:||Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington|
|Class and type:||Jumbo Mark II Class auto/passenger ferry|
|Length:||460 ft 2 in (140.3 m)|
|Beam:||90 ft (27.4 m)|
|Draft:||17 ft 3 in (5.3 m)|
|Deck clearance:||15 ft 4 in (4.7 m)|
|Installed power:||Total of 16,000 hp from 4 x Diesel-Electric engines|
|Speed:||18 kn (33 km/h)|
Almost without exception since being launched, she has served the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route.
As with most of the ferries in the system, she shares the name of a city in Washington state.
Wenatchee has been involved in a couple of notable incidents. In 2000, during a particularly low tide, she touched bottom while rounding Tyee Shoal at the entrance of Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor, resulting in minor keel and propeller damage. On August 30, 2009, she had a collision with the #3 slip at Pier 52 in Seattle. There was heavy fog at the time and the vessel and slip were out of service for four days.
The Wenatchee and its older sister ship, the MV Tacoma, suffered from excessive vibration during their early period of operation, until it was repaired during routine maintenance in 1999. The issue was addressed in the later Jumbo Mark II ferry, the MV Puyallup, before it launched.
- Nalder, Eric (March 5, 1999). "Giant New Ferries Experience Bad Vibrations -- $52,000 Per Ship To Remove Shaking `As Bad As The Old Kalakala'". The Seattle Times.
- Washington State Ferries, “Spring 2011 Sailing Schedule for Wednesday June 1, 2011”.
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