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Tin Hat Update – Putting on the Hat

We reached a major milestone in the Tin Hat Project this week, we put on the hat.

Early Tuesday morning just in time for sunrise we got underway. It was cold, […]



Dalls porpoises riding on the David B’s Bow

Something I look forward to every year when we are running trips on the David B are the occasional visits by Dalls porpoises. These mid-sized sea mammals that looks deceptively […]



The ice mountain is well disposed toward you

There's often a cold breeze blowing off the glacier when we arrive to admire it's icy blue front. Wind that can make July feel like January. It plays games with my seasonal […]



Tin Hat Update – Mast, Stairs, and Coolers

There's been a lot of progress on the Tin Hat Project in the last couple of weeks. We ended our 2016 cruising season on October 9th, and starting on October […]



Close Encounter

Some days are simply perfect. The weather's warm. The skies are blue. The water flat calm, and the line between sea and sky is almost indistinguishable. We had a day […]



Verney Falls in August

When we enter Nettle Basin on our Southbound Inside Passage cruise between Ketchikan and Bellingham, we always hope we'll find bears at Verney Falls. In mid-August the salmon come home […]



Watching whales in the Inside Passage

Humpback whales at Dundas Island on a 12-Day Inside Passage Cruise

On the second day of one of our southbound Learn to Cruise trips, we came across these two humpback […]



Project Management Mastery – The Inside Passage Project

New Project Management Course Offered on the David B
Cheetah Learning Services has partnered with Northwest Navigation Co, to offer a unique new project management certification course. This course, Project Management […]



Waiting for humpback whales

I always feel like there's sort of a Jack-in-the-box element to watching humpback whales forage. When they are at the surface we can see them breathing, flapping their flippers, or slapping their […]



Going Ashore in the Wilds of Alaska

From the bow of the skiff, I watch for bears and submerged rocks as we close in on the beach. In the final moments before I hop out, Jeffrey cuts […]