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Busy Summer

Well another busy summer is almost behind us. We have just a few more trips on the schedule and like every year at this time is promise myself that I’ll make a habit of writing more for the blog. I’m a bit ashamed that the last time I sat down to write something was in December.

We got a late start this season because we wanted to do a full engine rebuild over the winter and that completed in June. The 1929 antique Washington Estep 3-cylinder is running better than ever and we’re happy to have taken it fully apart and to have had everything, cleaned, polished and painted.

The highlights from this summer are from trips that we did in the San Juan Islands. In June we welcomed our kayak guide Tim, back for a 4th season and had 4 wonderful days kayaking the shores of San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Sucia Island.

Another great trip was a 3-day trip that included two passengers who bought a trip on the David B through the Sand and Sage Audubon auction.

For the first time, we joined forces with another boat for a Northwest Wine Tour of the San Juan Islands. This trip was not only a great way to learn about wines made in the San Juan Islands, but it also turned out to be quite a crab feast as well.

In the picture below, Jeffrey is getting ready to deliver a Bento-Bag of California Rolls for two of our passengers who were kayaking around Garrison Bay. We made the Sushi from some of the extra yummy dungeness crab we caught and then cooked up fresh that afternoon.

We were also treated to many trips with sightings of the orca whales. One of the best days was just outside of Friday Harbor where we were the first boat to find the whales so we had some time to watch them without too many other boats around.

We still have a couple of spaces open on our September 25-27, 2009 Weekend Getaway. If you would like to make a reservation for this cruise it is $695.00 per person. If you call and book before September 20th we’ll give you 20% off if you mention that you read our blog.

More Website Improvements – Live Chat!

Jeffrey just finished adding a new touch to the website. Live Chat. Whenever either Jeffrey or myself is at the computer we’ll be logged into to answer questions you might have about any or our cruises. We hope to hear from you soon! You can can log into our Live Chat on our website http://www.northwestnavigation.com/site/

New Website

Last night we launched our new website. We redesigned the website to make it easier to for you to find information about our cruises and to see what it is like to cruise with us aboard the David B. We have a new photo gallery with pictures from most of our cruises from the last 3-years. All of our pictures are clickable so you can have a better look.

In the next few weeks we will be adding new pages and a couple of new videos produced by one of our passengers, Terry Richard. I hope you enjoy the new website as much as we do.

The Winter List

We are often asked what we do in the off-season. Do we take the winter off and go some place warm? Do we spend our winters reading books and sleeping in? While we might do some skiing at Mt. Baker and Whistler the answers are, that we mostly do work on the boat. We do this to make sure the David B is even better next year than it was this year.

Through out the summer months Jeffrey and I write down ideas and projects that we would like to do during the off-season. Now is time of year that we look over the list and decide what we are going to do. This winter looks to be filled with sanding, painting and varnishing, as well as, a new pump to clean mud off the anchor chain as it goes in to the anchor chain locker. Over the next few months I’ll be looking forward to sharing with you and reporting in on how things are shaping up with the Winter List. To both Jeffrey and I it is a very satisfying time of year where we really get to make the David B shine.

Cruising the San Juan Islands in October

We just finished up the 2008 cruising season on the David B in the San Juan Islands. October in the islands is my favorite time of year. It is quiet, fewer people are around, and the solitude of our anchorages provides for a unique get-away in a popular destination. Fall in the San Juans has a different feeling. The air is crisp with the smell of fallen leaves and salt water. It is a time where we might be the only ones visiting Sucia or Jones Island and it is a pleasure to share that solidtude with others on the David B.
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The greatest picture Yet!

A couple weeks ago we received the greatest gift yet– a photo of the boat taken in 1929. Looking at the people on the deck, I’d say it’s either the launching day or a day that they did sea-trials for the first time.

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Isn’t she pretty..

Between Trips

During the early part of the season when we have gaps between trips we use the extra time to do projects around the boat. Some of these projects are visible and get lots of comments, while others are less visible, such as as new alarm panel in the engine room. Well, we are in the middle of a two week break between trips and we have been working on lots of visible projects, such as fresh paint on the cabin doors, around the anchor windlass and trim in a number of other spots. We also sanded and oiled the deck and been busy varnishing the trunk-cabin’s top. As far as the less visible projects go, Jeffrey and Aaron have been finishing out our cabin. The Captain and Cook are looking forward to a new season with shelving, trim, a head, and a door!

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Google Earth Track from April 20-22, 2007

If you are interested in seeing a track of where we went on our last trip follow the directions below. It’s a Google Earth format so if you don’t have Google Earth you’ll have to download it at http://earth.google.com/

Then right click on the link below and select save as file or download to desktop

http://northwestnavigation.com/SJI 4_20_2007.kml.zip

A New Season Begins!

Last week started our 2007 season with a great weekend cruise in the San Juan Islands. We left Friday afternoon and cruised over to Sucia Island. Along the way we saw lots of harbor porporises, seals and sea birds. When we arrived at Sucia, our passengers, DJ and Jenni, went ashore for a walk and to watch sunset. When the returned we had Coq au Vin for dinner and a fresh fruit topped cheesecake for desert.

On Saturday morning we left Sucia for Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. Capt. Jeffrey guided DJ while he got to drive the boat. We arrived in Roche Harbor in the mid-afternoon and went on a walking tour of Roche that included a visit to the McMilian Family Mausoleum.

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Roche Harbor was made famous by John McMillian when he started the Roche Harbor Cement and Lime Company. The Hotel de Haro is also in Roche Harbor. In 1906 Teddy Roosevelt was a guest of John McMillian at the Hotel de Haro. It was also a place where John Wayne would visit when he was in the San Juans Islands.

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After visiting Roche Harbor we left for Garrison Bay. This bay was home to English Camp. A historic park that used to house British soliders during the Pig War that started in 1859. This war was a dispute between the Americans and British over the boundary between the US and Canada. The war got its name after an American citizen shot and killed a Husdons Bay Company officer’s pig as it rummaged through the American prized potato patch. The war eventually ended in 1872 when Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm I settled the boundary dispute. Luckily the only casualty of the was…the pig.

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We spent the night in Garrison Bay and in the morning we had hand-made fresh croissants, eggs, pepper bacon and fruit smoothies for breakfast. We decided that our next desitination would be Jones Island. On our way to Jones Island we were greeted by some Dall’s porpoises that surfed on our bow. Once there everyone went ashore for frisbee or a walk. Jenni and Christine spent time watching a river otter and found some native prickly pear cactus.

We returned to Bellingham Sunday. It was a great trip and we had wonderful spring weather.

David B Galley Notes – Office Day

One of the best things about having a home office is being able to do mundane office tasks while having fun in the kitchen. This weekend while I was busy catching up on bookkeeping and helping out with an auction for NW Wildlife Rehabilitation, I decided that it would be fun to spend some time baking bread. Here is a picture of the bread that I made. I can’t wait for the season to begin so I can spend more time cooking and less time bookkeeping!

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