SailNet Community - View Single Post - How long does it take to motor from Des Moines to Lake Washington?
View Single Post
Old 10-30-2009
blt2ski's Avatar
blt2ski blt2ski is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,845
Thanks: 0
Thanked 25 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 11
blt2ski will become famous soon enough
To get a close measure of you mast height, take a 50' tape to the top of the mast via a halyard. then pull the tape down to the water at the beam. This will be a bit on the long if you are really say 30', this measure will be 32-33 or there least you wll be safe with this measure for bridges. If you signal or call the bridge, and they can tell you are low, they will not open, and will radio or say back your ok.

If you do not have a 50' tape, go to fxsails, they probably have you sail measurements. One will be the mast ht from deck to the top for a jib. measure from the deck to the waterline, add a foot, max 2' for additional on the top, and you will again, be pretty close.

Another option if you are lucky, if more than one sailboat is going thru when you do, stay up with them, as they will open the bridges for them as a group, get in the middle, then you know you have it made, whether you need it or not.

Freemont would be my worry. Other than that, with a 23' boat, you are talking 30'ish feet at the most........doing swag. could be 35. My 30'r is 42, and I have a reasonably tall mast.

She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook