Christine Smith started working on tour and whale watching boats in 2001. It combined her love for nature and her interest in helping others to enjoy it. She is also an avid birder and has worked as a volunteer interpreter for the Eagle Watchers on the Skagit River from 1997 to 2008, she helps visitors observe the local eagle population. She is also a founding member of the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which became part of Whatcom Humane Society in 2014. She served for two years as a board member and Secretary for the North Cascades Audubon Society in Bellingham, Washington. When not watching birds or cooking on the David B, Christine enjoys running, ice skating and downhill skiing. Christine also holds a US Coast Guard 200 ton license.

Born and raised a few miles outside of Seattle, Christine spent many weekends and summers at her grandparents’ farm where she learned the value of fresh fruits and vegetables. As your host and chef, she is dedicated to bringing a distinct Northwest flavor to the table of the David B. Christine has also owned a small gardening business in Bellingham and loves to geek-out on plants.

Several years ago a couple of passengers encouraged Christine to write a book chronicling the David B’s rebuild. That encouragement led to her writing, More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B which was published in December of 2011. In 2013 More Faster Backwards was the Grand Prize winner of the Chanticleer Book Reviews Journey Award for narrative non-fiction.She also wrote a weekly blog for Yachting Magazine and has been published in WoodenBoat Magazine, Adventures NW MagazineCruisingNW.com and Pacific Nor’west Boating.