PODCAST SHOW NOTES – Episode #26
Interview – Christine & Jeffrey Smith of Northwest Navigation
Christine had dreamed of having a bed and breakfast since she was a kid, and David loved wooden boats ever since living in Maine where he was a deck hand and eventually captained on several wooden schooners with Windjammer Charters. Their passions and ideas blended together and they determined to have a “floating B&B” ala a wooden vessel. At first their plan was to build a wooden schooner, but the economic downturn nixed that idea so it was on to PLAN B – find an inexpensive wooden vessel and restore it.
A friend suggested they meet up with a gentlemen on Lopez Island that owned several wooden boats which “needed work”. They traveled to Lopez Island, fell in love with and purchased a 65′ former “monkey boat” built in 1929 named David B. Jeffreys best estimate was that it would be a 2 year restoration project. EIGHT years later in 2006, the restoration was done and their floating B&B company – Northwest Navigation - was launched.
Christine has written an exciting book chronicling the David B rebuilding adventure. Check it out at More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B.
Tune in to this podcast to hear Christine and Jeffrey talk about their dreams, the gory details of their restoration project, how their floating B&B works, and other cool topics. Click on the green player button above for all the details. ENJOY!
Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):
Thanks Jeffrey and Christine for taking the time to meet with me. Good luck on all your B&B cruises this year and many happy sailings for the David B!
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