Think of a Road Trip…
you went on, maybe back in your early twenties. Do you remember the view out the windows, the miles going by, the freedom of choosing where you were going to go and how you were going to get to your destination? You were there, in the moment, living. Did you have your tent along, or did you crash at friends’ houses. Was it sunny and beautiful and windows-rolled-down cruising or crazy snowing and are-we-going-to-get-there-alive thrilling? Remember that wonderful feeling of having the music cranked up?
The thing is, it’s fun to live those trips and almost as much fun to re-live those trips later. We have all these memories, and for me seldom an hour goes by without thinking about something from the past. It’s not like I’m dragging up all these memories of just road trips. It’s all kinds of stuff. It’s just that the memories of what I had for lunch yesterday , or what I told my accountant last week aren’t going to stick with me like that ones from the road trip.
When you’re on the David B, you’ll see things that you might never get to see again. Humpback whales feeding together in groups, glacier carved fjords, native totem pole ruins slowly decomposing into the earth, bears meandering on the beach. The list is endless, no day is the same, but the memories, that’s what’s really important. They’re yours to bring back anytime. Like that road trip.
Call us. It’s time you went cruising.
We hope to see you soon!
Captain Jeffrey and Christine
PS. You won’t need your tent for this road trip!
Tips for Buying Your Boat’s Electronics Package
Outfitting your boat for cruising in the Inside Passage doesn’t have to be over-the-top expensive. You do, however, need to be prepared to spend a lot of money, but if you follow some basic guidelines for decision making, you can put together the best electronics package that will fit your budget.
When we were first buying electronics for the David B, we asked ourselves the following questions for each purchase:
How much does the equipment contribute to safety of the boat and crew?
How easy is it to operate?
Is it in my budget?
Click on over to CruisingNW.com for a complete list of our tips on buying electronics and why some electronics are more important than others.
The Next Big Thing
I enjoy reading and writing. This is especially true in the off-season when we’re working on the David B’s winter maintenance. A day or so ago mystery writer and author of The Only Witness, Pam Beason sent me an email with the opportunity to join a “blog hop” where I get to answer some questions about my writing and spotlight a couple of my favorite authors. My author picks are Elsie Hulsizer and Wendy Hinman both of them share the same kind of love for adventure, wilderness and being on the water that I do. I have more information on them at the bottom of this post, but first here are the answers to the ten questions about my writing:
What is the working title of your book?
More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was sitting in the galley of my boat, the David B, with my husband Jeffrey telling stories to our guests. Two of them seriously suggested that I write a book about restoring the boat. I wasn’t convinced that I could write, but they pressed me to commit to writing the boat. By the time we returned to the dock two days later, I had decided that I’d try to write the book.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play you in a movie rendition?
I’m always doing a million things and haven’t spent much time watching movies recently, so I had to ask friends who would be a good fit to play me in a movie. The answers were a tie between Kate Winslet and Laura Dern. The runner’s up were Hope Davis, Leelee Sobieski, Helen Hunt and a young Sophia Loren. They are all awesome actors and I’m sure they’d make me more interesting than I really am.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
More Faster Backwards takes place on a voyage to Alaska where I remember the endless hurdles my husband and I faced restoring an old wooden boat to run as a small tour boat business.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I chose to self-publish. I’m not against traditional publishing, but I knew that it would take years to find and agent and a company to publish the book. I also decided to self-publish because I knew I had and audience who was would be interested in buying the book now. To me it made more sense to publish myself and have exposure rather than hold out for the possibility of finding a traditional publisher, which might never happen.
Since I’ve done all the work to publish and market More Faster Backwards myself, I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about it. If there’s ever publishing company interested in me as an author, I’ll have a good understanding of how the industry works and I think that will make for a better working relationship. ??How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? ?It took me two years to write the manuscript. I woke up every morning and wrote from 5am-7am. It was the quietest time of day and I’m most creative in the mornings.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My dream is that More Faster Backwards will be compared with A Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet and Passage to Juneau by Jonathan Raban.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Pam Young, author of Sidetracked Home Executives: from Pigpen to Paradise and Marla Cilley, author of Body Clutter: Love Your Body, Love Yourself were my inspirations to write More Faster Backwards. They encouraged me and gave me the confidence to tell my story.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? ?We all struggle with the idea of who we are and who we want to be. More Faster Backwards tells how my husband and I really worked together to achieve our goals. The story is uplifting and positive. We’re normal people with big ideas and readers find that MFB can inspire them to take steps towards following their own dreams.
Now that I’ve answered those questions, here’s some more information about Elsie and Wendy.
Elsie Hulsizer is the author of, Glaciers, Bears and Totems: Sailing in Search of the Real Southeast Alaska and Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on Vancouver Island’s West Coast. She acquired her fascination with the sea growing up on the shores of Puget Sound and learning to sail on an 18ft wooden sloop. That fascination took her to the University of Washington where she earned a master’s degree in biological oceanography, and then to a career in environmental management in Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Seattle. Retired now, she lives in Seattle, cruises every summer and writes in the winter. Her early interest in the sea grew to a fascination with the cultural, geological and historical factors that shape a region.
In addition to her books, Elsie’s articles have appeared in local and national boating magazines in the U.S. and Canada. Her writing is augmented by her photography.
Wendy Hinman is the author of Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey (May 2012, Salsa Press), about a seven year voyage she took aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband. Click here for purchase details.
Wendy Hinman grew up moving every few years as a child because of her father’s job as a dentist in the Navy. During her childhood, she had the opportunity to live in multi-cultural environments in Guam, California, Hawaii and Washington D.C. with strong Asian influences and loved it so much she’s devoted her life to exploring as much of the world as she can.
She used her degree in Economics from the University of Michigan to found a successful international business, which along with her insatiable curiosity has taken her to over 30 countries.
Where’s the Salish Sea?
Most of the time when I talk about cruising on the David B, I say that we’re cruising the San Juan Islands, or Gulf Islands, but it turns out that we spend most our time cruising the Salish Sea. Find out where the Salish Sea is by visiting my blog over at Yachting Magazine.
Planning Your Inside Passage Cruise – Part Two
This week I wrote my second installment in the Learn to Cruise series I’d doing for CruisingNW.com. We’re doing set of articles in conjunction with our 12-day Learn to Cruise educational cruises in the Inside Passage. For week two I’m giving some tips for planning an itinerary. The topics include:
- What are my time constraints?
- How far will we go?
- What are our daily itineraries?
- What are our planned activities?
- What did I needed to know for Canada Customs and US Customs?
You can read the whole article at http://cruisingnw.com/planning-your-inside-passage-cruise-itinerary/#
Be sure to check out our 12-day Learn to Cruise the Inside Passage trips. These are fun one-way cruises departing from either Bellingham, Washington or Ketchikan, Alaska that are great for individuals or couple who want more hands-on boating experience in the Inside Passage.
For more information or to book a reservation:
Taking on the David B
I sometimes find it hard to believe that Jeffrey and I have owned the David B for fifteen years. The first eight years we put all of our time, money, and energy into rebuilding the boat. Our drive was to pursue the dream of offering nature based tours in the San Juan Islands, Inside Passage, and Alaska. We realized that dream in 2006, and for the last seven years we’ve enjoyed meeting people from all over the world.
This month I get to begin to tell our story to a wider audience in Pacific Nor’West Boating Magazine. The stories will be based on my book, More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B. My article appears on page 32.
Learn to Cruise the Inside Passage
When a friend of ours suggested we change the focus of our 12-Day Inside Passage trips between Bellingham and Ketchikan from nature and wildlife watching to instruction, we knew he had a great idea. Last year we sold out our Learn to Cruise trips and we certainly hope to do so again this year.
As part of our excitement about these trips, we are happy to announce a series of articles we’ll be writing for CruisingNW.com. In these articles we’ll be sharing information on cruising the Inside Passage. We hope this will help others plan their own trips. The link below will take you our first installment. In this article you’ll learn why we feel cruising in the Inside Passage should be on everyone’s bucket list.
We hope you’ll enjoy these articles and find them useful!
If you are interested in signing up for one of our Learn to Cruise trips you can call us at 360-201-8184 or fill out the form below:
7 Tips for Sanding Your Brightwork
This winter has been a busy one for me and my sanders. With two skylights, sixteen teak windows, two light boxes, the rub rail, cap rail, and trunk cabin, I’ve come up with some tips to help make the chore of sanding a little more pleasant. Click over to my blog at Yachting Magazine for the article.
Jeffrey’s Got Us Organized
Having an eighty-plus year-old wooden boat is a lot of work, and it is sometimes hard to decide which projects are the most important to tackle. For instance, do we re-do the pilothouse, or install a new heating system? When should we start work on the engine? Do we buy a new keel cooler or grind the valves on the engine and generator? These are all on the To-do list and not long ago, as we wrestled with these questions, Jeffrey came up with an idea for how to best organize our list and make our decisions for how to tackle our project list.
To read how Jeffrey got us organized, hop on over to the David B’s blog on Yachting Magazine for the answer.
As we work on making the David B beautiful during the winter months, we look forward to having a great summer of cruising in the San Juan Islands and Inside Passage.
Great Boater Education Organizations
Since the release of More Faster Backwards, Jeffrey and I have been invited to give talks about how we restored the M/V David B. What has impressed me about the places that we talk, is how much enthusiasm surrounds these groups for educating boaters of all kinds. Some of the groups we’ve talked to empathize seamanship skills, while others are more focused on boat building. I recently wrote a post for Yachting Magazine about our experiences giving talks to United States Power Squadrons, the Center for Wooden Boats and Northwest Maritime Center.