The wake being churned out as the Cathlamet approaches dock suggests that WSF hasn't adopted BC Ferries' policy of cutting engines a fair way out and just drifting into dock to save on fuel. I miss those more dramatic approaches.
I thought that was more to do with what happened to the Coastal Inspiration at Duke Point, than fuel savings.
Northern Expedition passes the First Narrows at Prospect Point
About a year ago I was at Vashon and saw the Kitsap and Chelan alongside the Cathlamet. The two other sisters both looked VERY bright and shiny in comparison to the Cathlamet. I can't imagine another year of wear has made her paint any newer