Frequently Asked Questions

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Cell Phones

    • Is there cell phone coverage?
        • Yes, on all of our trips there is coverage at some times. On Alaska trips there will be coverage for a couple hours, 2-3 times during the voyage. On the Canadian Inside Passage trips, there is coverage at least every other day, or more. On San Juan Island trips there is almost continuous coverage.
    • Can I charge my cell phone onboard?
        • Yes, there is an outlet in every cabin — see below.

Amenities Onboard the David B

    • Do You have electricity?
        • Yes, there is a regular (120V) household style receptacle outlet in each stateroom and in numerous other spots around the vessel.
    • Is electricity available at all times?
        • Yes, it is always on, powered by a silent inverter and a battery bank.
    • Can I bring a hair dryer?
        • Yes, a small one.
    • Is the electricity onboard safe for my laptop/cell phone/camera charger?
        • Yes, we run several computers on it and it is very stable.
    • Can I bring my CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Device?
        • Yes, you can use it just like you would at home, and there is an outlet close to each bed to plug it into.
    • Is there enough fresh water for showers?
        • Yes, we have big water tanks (415 gallons), and also a reverse osmosis watermaker, so there is always plenty of hot water for showers, baths and all the regular uses. There are neither restrictions on the number of showers you take nor on shower times.
    • How much space is there for storage of my luggage?
        • Each stateroom has space under the bunk for large suitcases, and lots of hooks for hanging items. We recommend soft sided luggage over hard cases.
    • What is included in each cabin?
        • Each cabin has its own sink (with hot and cold water), its own toilet, at least one standard outlet, an overhead light, reading lights, drinking glasses, sheets and bedding, a comforter, 4 pillows, bath and face towels and washcloths, a flashlight, a smoke detector, life jackets (PFD’s), and survival suits.
    • Are the cabins accessible?
        • Yes and No. You do need to go down a spiral staircase to get to the staterooms, but so far we haven’t had any passengers who have had trouble with it (including several 80+ yr olds). It does have a railing as you go up and down. Our bunks are raised and we provide a step stool in each cabin.

Safety Onboard

    • What safety gear is onboard?
        • We have all the legally required equipment onboard, and then, a lot of additional equipment:
            • 10 SOLAS Adult Life Jackets (USCG Approved Type I PFD’s)
            • 8 Standard Life Jackets (USCG Approved Type I PFD’s)
            • 12 Type III Life Jackets (for kayaking only)
            • 2 USCG Approved Type IV Throwable Life Rings
            • An 8 Person USCG Approved Inflatable Life Raft rated Oceans — SOLAS A
            • A 4 Person USCG Approved Inflatable Life Raft
            • 8 Cold Water Immersion Suits (Survival Suits)
            • Flares and Parachute Flares
            • 6 Fire Extinguishers
            • 6 Smoke Detectors
            • 3 CO Detectors
            • A Large First Aid Kit
            • Several Small First Aid Kits
            • 2-way Radios for shore party communications
            • 2 Bear Spray Canisters
            • AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
    • What safety and navigation equipment is onboard?
        • 16 mile Radar
        • 2 GPS Receivers
        • 1 AIS Transceiver
        • 1 VHF Radio
        • 1 VHF Handheld Radio
        • 1 Satellite Telephone3 Cell Phones
        • Depth Sounder
        • Ships Clock
        • 3 Computer Based Chart Plotters
        • Electronic Charts for Mexico to the Bering Sea
        • Paper Charts for Puget Sound to Cook Inlet

The David B and its Crew

    • How big, (fast, tall) is the David B?
      • The David B is 65 feet (20m) long, 16 feet (4.8m)wideThe draft is 7 feet (2.1m).
      • Her actual weight (displacement) is about 65 tons (130,000 pounds – 59000kg).
      • Her Gross Register Tonnage is 52 and her Net is 35
      • Her mast is 42 feet (12.8m) above the water.
      • She is powered by a 100hp (74kw), 325rpm 3-cylinder Washington-Estep Diesel engine.
      • She carries up to 8 passengers in 4 staterooms.
      • She requires at least a captain and a cook/deckhand/engineer, but often carries as many as 3 crew
    • What licensing does the crew have?
        • Captain Jeffrey has a license as Master (captain) of Inland motor, sail, and steam vessels not greater than 500 Gross Tons, and Near-Coastal motor, sail, and steam vessels not greater than 200 Gross tons. His license also allows him to serve as Mate on Inland Motor vessels up to 1600 Gross Tons and Ocean motor, sail and steam vessels up to 500 Tons and on inland tug boats. He also holds a current Transportation Worker Identification Card issued by Homeland Security, and a Washington State Drivers license (any car-all highways and byways).
        • Captain Christine has a license as Master of Inland motor and steam vessels not greater than 100 Gross Tons. She also holds a current Transportation Worker Identification Card issued by Homeland Security and a Washington State Driver’s license.
    • What training does the crew have?
        • All crew have first-aid training and also participate in regular drills onboard. Jeffrey also has basic and advanced shipboard firefighting training.
    • Does Christine have any special training to be a chef and the naturalist?
        • In addition to being trained by her Grandmother Isackson and Great-grandmother Brown, Christine holds a Pastry Certificate from Bellingham Technical College Culinary School. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in Cultural Anthropology(1993).
        • Christine is an avid birder, and has worked as a volunteer interpreter for the Eagle Watchers on the Skagit River from 1997 to 2008. She is a founding member of the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and served for two years as a board member and Secretary for the North Cascades Audubon Society in Bellingham, Washington.
        • Christine was also a former professional landscaper and a Master Gardener.

Kayaking and Shore Activities

    • What kayaks can the passengers use?
        • The David B carries 5 kayaks. They are all manufactured by Northwest Kayaks.
            • 1 Northwest Kayaks Discover single.
            • 1 Northwest Kayaks Pursuit single
            • 3 Northwest Kayaks Seascape tandems
    • Will I get wet kayaking? Is it hard to get in?
        • No, we have people board the boats from a seated position in our skiff, and we hold the kayak stable while you get in and out, so no one gets wet. You might get a little wet while paddling if you splash yourself.
    • Do you have all the kayak gear I will need to paddle?
        • Yes, we have paddling PFD’s, spray skirts, paddles for everyone onboard.
    • Will I need special clothing for paddling a kayak?
        • No, not necessarily. We tend to kayak in long sleeved tech-fabric shirts and ordinary long pants or shorts. Special shoes are not necessary either. A thin rain coat might be necessary and sometimes a fleece pullover depending upon the weather.
    • Do I need anything special for shore excursions?
        • Not really, we have lots of rubber boots (cannery worker style) that are good for hikes on the beach and in mucky spots, and we have most sizes for everyone onboard. Regular clothes for hiking is acceptable as well. We also have a couple pairs of hiking poles that people can use.

Food Onboard

    • Are you able to accommodate special diets?
        • Yes, we have cooked for vegetarians, vegans, glucose and lactose intolerant guests, and for specific food allergies.
        • However if you have a nut/seed allergy or have celiac disease you should contact us first. Regardless, we do need to know in advance, so make sure you tell us when you book your trip with us.
    • Can you do special requests?
        • Yes, we have done lots of special meals/desserts for birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. Please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate you.

The David B is for anyone searching for a specialized cruise on an uncommon boat. Contact us to experience the David B for yourself!