25 Reasons to Book an Inside Passage Cruise on the David B
We feel that the David B is a special boat and that the cruises we provide our passengers are unique. For a couple of years now we have kept a logbook for our passengers to write their observations, poems, songs or appreciations. It’s a keepsake that Capt. Jeffrey and I enjoy looking through in the off-season. What our passengers write about is also a lot of fun for us to share. This excerpt is from a 12-day cruise we did between Ketchikan, Alaska and Bellingham, Washington. We had four people on board from Dallas, TX and two people from Australia. Together the group came up with their Top 25 Experiences on the David B:
1. The David B
2. A black bear catching a salmon while a bald eagle swooped over
3. At least 50 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins swimming – They took turns swimming at our bow
4. Orca Pods – They did a Sea World performance just for us
5. Amazing Grace played by bag pies in Prideaux Haven – David B led the ship horn response
6. Christine & Jeffrey
7. Traveling companions on the cruise – Lesley, Ian, Amy, Wendy, Jan, Richard
8. Kayaking – saw a grizzly bear with eagles overhead
9. Salmon trying to jump up a waterfall & continually splashing all around us.
10. Humpback whale watching
11. Weather – sunny, clear, cool – perfect
12. “It’s so cute!” The seals & how they always knew to dive when we got the cameras focused
13. Bread: Sour[dough], seed; croissants; pain au chocolat; muffins; scones, adds up to 5 extra lbs/person
14. Swimming in Prideaux Haven to the rocks, Twice – Wendy and Lesley only
15. Bald eagle sentinals at coves and on the tips of islands
16. Our daily Happy Hour
17. CUFF – Card game imported from Austraila
18. Dinners – Every one was excellent
19. Pub bus to Hummingbird – better than promised
20. Soups – Couldn’t pick a fav
21. Black Spotted Canadian Foot Pox (Wendy especially got nibbled by No-see-ums when we went to go watch bears and we forgot bug spray)
22. Cute Staterooms
23. “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story”
24. Lesley’s bear avoidance plans. They are all some variation of Lesley going faster than anyone else so the slower person could get eaten!
This was the vacation of a lifetime.
-Wendy G, Amy, Jan and Richard J, and Lesley and Ian C.
My Adventure in Self-Publishing
It’s fast closing in on December 1, the date that my book, More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B will be released. This has been a fun project from start to finish. My story about the relationship Jeffrey and I have with our boat, the David B, is unique. Not every couple that buys a rotten old boat with the dream of turning it into their perfect business actually succeeds. After two years of writing, and rewriting, and rewriting again, I still find my eyes filling with tears of disbelief, joy and despair as I read the passages I wrote. It’s a great book, but I don’t know what the best way is for people to discover my story.
When I began writing, I decided to self-publish, a decision that I took a long time to make. I chose this path because I know I have something special and worth reading. The traditional road to publishing is full of roadblocks. As first-time author, I don’t have much clout. To take the time to seek an agent and a publisher would have taken more years than I’m willing to wait. I’m a patient person, but not that patient. Publishers have a lot to offer in terms of marketing and distribution, and I’d love to put together a book tour that extends beyond Washington State, and purchase a few ads in Wooden Boat Magazine or Sunset. The marketer in me is just dying for a publisher that can take my book far beyond my reach – maybe someday, but for now, I have a tour boat business to run. I simply don’t have the time to spend being rejected. As an entrepreneur, self-publishing is the best choice for my book. I love the work and the challenge of making the book available to as wide an audience as possible. Besides, I have deeply enjoyed bringing More Faster Backwards to life on my own. The satisfaction I have in creating a manuscript, starting a publishing company, and completing a book is incredible. It’s taken two years of focus and determination to finish. I’m proud of it (my mom is too).
I think there is still a lot of stigma attached to the self-published author, but as the barriers to great stories are broken down by new technology, and the public gains access to works that would previously have been left untouched by the traditional publishers, I hope that more authors will take a chance on themselves, and have the determination to make their writing available to us all.
For more information and to read an excerpt: More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B