More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B – The Book

Rebuilding the David B
Jeffrey and Christine Rebuilding the David B in 1999

This fall I was encouraged by two of our passengers, Pam and Marla, to write a book about rebuilding the David B. My first thought was, “No way!” but after Marla told me that there was no one better than myself to write down our story I began to think that this was something that I could do. I’ve run marathons and ultra-marathons, so sitting down in front of my computer for two hours a day shouldn’t be too different from sticking to a training schedule. Well the dedication payed off and I finished the first draft of the book about a month ago.

The book, its working title is More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B, takes place over the three weeks Jeffrey, Sean, Aaron, and I took the boat from Bellingham to Juneau for our first cruise with real passengers. Along the way we reflect back on the unusual people and adventures we had rebuilding the boat as well as some new adventures we had during our maiden voyage.

Writing the book has been an amazing experience filled with a lot of emotion; something I had not expected. As I spend time in the editing process, revising, rewriting and re-reading the stories of how we brought our near-derelict boat from rotting hulk to beautiful passenger boat, I find myself alternatively filled with tears, joy and the question, “Just what were we thinking?”

When I’m finished I think it is a story you will enjoy reading and I will enjoy sharing.I’m hoping to have the book available in late December or early 2011. We’ll keep you posted!

PS -I’ve been working with a wonderful editor, Susan Colleen Browne, author of A Little Farm in the Foothills who’s helped me get started in the art of editing.

Our 2010 Season Starts this Weekend – Bring on the Butter!

Well winter is over and spring is in full swing. Our outfitting is finished and the David B looks fantastic! Our first trip of the season is this weekend for Mothers Day. It has been a fairly warm winter and I’m expecting to see lots of wildflowers in the islands this weekend. I’m also getting excited about another summer of spoiling our passengers with butter and cream, my two favorite ingredients.

Hand Made Croissants
Hand Made Croissants

Since our first cruise Weekend Getaway in the San Juan Islands falls over Mothers Day, we’ve invited my Mom to be on board and she’s requested Whiskey Crab Soup. This tomato based bisque is rich and delicious with just a touch of lemon. It’s one of my favorite soups and I’m looking forward to making it special for her. I’m also planning on making croissants and pan au chocolat  on this trip. I normally reserve these labor intensive butter-filled treats for our longer cruises, but I can’t resist starting out the season on a buttery note.

We have two spots left on this trip. If you’d like to meet my Mom and come for a relaxing weekend of wildflowers, easy walks, a little kayaking and a lot of good cooking give me a call at 877-670-7863. For more information…