We offer special rates for whole boat mothership professional charters for photography workshops, film crews, and research cruises. Daily rates are variable depending on total number of days, people, routes, and needs.

At a Glance:

  • Length: 65 feet / 20 meters
  • Draft: 7 feet / 2.1 meters
  • Staterooms: 4 – Three staterooms have queen-sized bunks, one stateroom has two single bunks
  • Maximum Passengers: 5-10 – The David B can accommodate 5 singles in cabins or up to 4 couples in cabins. The boat also has two settees in the saloon which can be used as bunks.
  • Heads: 5-Each cabin has an en suite sink and toilet. There is one shared restroom with sink, shower, and toilet
  • Engine: Washington Iron Works
  • Speed: 6.5 knots
  • Generator: Onan 9 kw
  • Potable Water: 415 gallons
  • Watermaker: 25 gallons per hour
  • Crew: All charters are crewed by a Captain and Chef. Both are USCG licensed for operating passenger vessels
  • Meals: All food is provided. Special diets are provided at request.
  • Custom Aluminum Skiff: 13’5 feet / 4.1 meter custom, ultra-stable aluminum skiff with 30 hp motor. Speed 20 knots. Shallow draft of 4 inches / 10 centimeters
  • Lifting Boom: Capacity to lift up 750 pounds / 340 kg of equipment or gear
  • Onboard Workshop: Skilled emergency repairs for electronics, optics, and hardware


  • There is a regular (120 VAC) household style receptacle outlet in each stateroom and in numerous other spots around the vessel.
  • Electricity is always on, powered by a generator or silent pure sine inverter and a battery bank.
  • The electricity onboard is safe for laptops/cell phones/camera chargers.


  • Each stateroom has space under the bunk for large suitcases, and hooks for hanging items.
  • The David B also has other areas to store cases, wet gear, and larger items
  • Inside storage for wet raingear

Maximum voyage duration / Time on station

Interior of the Motor Vessel David B

  • The David B can remain in one location for up to 4-6 weeks.
  • Because of the watermaker and generator, there is no need to return to port. There is also plenty of water for hot showers.

Cabin arrangements

  • Each cabin has its own sink (with hot and cold water), 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, smoke hoods, life jackets (PFDs), and survival suits.

Safety Equipment

Photography Workshop in Glacier BayWe are proud to say that we participate in the USCG Alaska 5-Star Safety program and have a full 5-star rating. We have all the legally

required equipment onboard and some additional safety equipment

    • (10) SOLAS Adult Life Jackets (USCG Approved Type I PFD’s)
    • (10) Standard Life Jackets (USCG Approved Type II PFD’s)
    • (12) Type III Life Jackets (for kayaking only)
    • (3) USCG Approved Type IV Throwable Life Rings
    • (1) 10 Person USCG Approved Inflatable Life Raft rated Oceans —SOLAS A
    • (1) 6 Person Inflatable Life Raft
    • (8) Cold Water Immersion Suits (Survival Suits)
    • Flares and Parachute Flares
    •  (8) Fire Extinguishers
    • (6) Smoke Detectors
    • (3) CO Detectors
    • (1) Large First Aid Kit
    • Several Small First Aid Kits
    • (3) 2-way VHF radios for the shore party


  • (4) Bear Spray Canisters
  • (1) AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • (2) EpiPens

Navigation equipment

Mc Bride Glacier in Glacier Bay Alaska


  • (1) 24 mile Radar
  • (1) 16 mile Radar
  • (2) GPS Receivers
  • (1) AIS Transceiver
  • (1) VHF Radio
  • (3) VHF Handheld Radio
  • (1) Satellite Telephone
  • (3) Cell Phones
  • (2) InReach Satellite Texting Devices
  • Electronic Charts covering Mexico to the Bering Sea
  • (1) Depth Sounder
  • (3) Computer Based Chart Plotters
  • Paper Charts covering Puget Sound to Cook Inlet

Crew CredentialsCaptain and Chef on the small cruise ship David B

  • 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 towboats.
  • Christine has a license as Master of Inland motor and steam vessels not greater than 200 Gross Tons and a certificate in pastry from Bellingham Technical College.

Special dietary needs

Christine regularly cooks for vegetarians, glucose and lactose intolerant guests, and for specific food allergies. However, if there are any special dietary needs you will need to contact us at least two weeks prior to the charter.