Mark Twain Would Have Loved the David B

I saw a Mark Twain quote the other day and it made me think about what it’s like to go on a voyage on the David B, especially one of our longer trips like the Inside Passage or our Alaska Adventures:

Coffee and fruit served. The ship cat and her kitten now appear and get about their toilets; next the barber comes and flays us on the breezy deck. Breakfast at 9.30, and the day begins. I do not know how a day could be more reposeful: no motion; a level blue sea; nothing in sight from horizon to horizon; the speed of the ship furnishes a cooling breeze; there is no mail to read and answer; no newspapers to excite you; no telegrams to fret you or fright you — the world is far, far away; it has ceased to exist for you — seemed a fading dream, along in the first days; has dissolved to an unreality now; it is gone from your mind with all its businesses and ambitions, its prosperities and disasters, its exultations and despairs, its joys and griefs and cares and worries. They are no concern of yours any more; they have gone out of your life; they are a storm which has passed and left a deep calm behind.

Add to that mental image that you’ll see whales, often lots of whales, and waterfalls, sometimes more than you can count. The land passing peacefully by at 7 knots — every bit of it you’ve never seen before. The fjords you’ll travel through are thousands of feet high on the sides, and the peaks are snow covered even in late summer. Amazing and we haven’t even started talking about the delicious baked treats that Christine pulls from her cookstove.

Twain would have loved it, you will too.

The quote is from Following the Equator–A Journey around the World, 1898, American Publishing Company, and available on the web from Google Books

Release Date December 1- More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B

More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B
The David B in 1998 before her restoration

It’s been two years since our passengers Pam and Marla suggested that I write a book about our struggle to rebuild the David B. While writing, Jeffrey and I have had a wonderful time reliving the days we spent taking our old-rotting derelict and turning her into a beautiful, working boat. The David B has become a place where people can come together to explore exceptional landscapes and share their lives and stories.

Throughout this project I have been surprised by how emotional I found the writing to be. There were so many days when we were editing More Faster Backwards that we found ourselves with tears in our eyes, amazed by what we accomplished. Even now, I sometimes find it hard to believe that we had the vision and the fire to take-on the David B. I’m not sure it’s a project we could, or would, do now. I think that’s what makes our story that much more incredible.

The release date for More Faster Backwards is set for December 1st. It will be a available on, through our website, and through the website for the book. We’ll be releasing it as both an eBook and as a paperback.

If you would like a sneak-peek of the book, you can visit The site is unfinished, but I’m very excited to begin sharing our story with you!