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Sunday, May 03, 2020 christine Cruises No comments

Northwest Navigation / David B Small Ship Cruises“So, what if…,” has been the beginning of most of our conversations as we search for signs of when we’ll be able to start our season. Since we operate in two US states and a Canadian province, we’re constantly monitoring the orders of Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia looking for news of when we can fire up the engine and get underway.

Over the last few days it feels like there are some...

Saturday, April 25, 2020 christine Alaska , Inside Passage No comments

Northwest Navigation / David B Small Ship CruisesSailors are a superstitious bunch. It seems that there is a superstition for everything on boats: no bananas, no flowers, no whistling, no women nor redheads (Sorry Sarah) to name a few.
Every year, with the exception of one, we have started our season on a Thursday, because it’s bad luck to start a voyage on a Friday. The one year we accidentally did begin our season on a Friday, we had proble...

Monday, April 20, 2020 christine Projects , Restoration No comments

Northwest Navigation / David B Small Ship CruisesEvery year in the spring the David B gets to go to the boat spa, otherwise known as the boatyard. We feel that it’s an important maintenance task that keeps the boat in good shape. This year our tasks were pretty standard – bottom paint, clean the prop, and change the sacrificial anodes. We also had a once every four years survey.

We had originally scheduled our haulout for March 23, but Washin...

Monday, April 20, 2020 christine Alaska No comments

Northwest Navigation / David B Small Ship CruisesOn our voyages we often run big tidal rapids. Yeah, in the big boat, not just in the skiff. And you’re saying “is that safe?” Of course it is.

If you’re wondering what tidal rapids are, here’s the explanation: As the tide rises and falls along the coast, the water is forced into all the bays and inlets and generally, the wider the inlet, the calmer the flow. Narrow entrances, on the other hand,...