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Christine Smith moved to Bellingham, Washington to attend Western Washington University in 1990, and stayed after she graduated because she loved the area. She is one of the founders of Northwest Navigation Co., Inc. which owns the David B. Alongside her role as chef, naturalist, mate, and part-time engineer onboard, she is vice president and runs the company’s office and it’s website. In the off-season she also operates a small gardening company, and is a founding member of the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Christine spends her spare time running the trails in the foothills outside of Bellingham. She lives with her husband Jeffrey and their two cats, Harriet and Oswald.
on Feb. 16, 2012 :
As the daughter of an old boat lover, I grew up with an appreciation of these old hulks. Though I never had the money, the moxie, or the talent to undertake a restoration, nothing makes me happier than seeing one of these fine old vessels sailing again. Christine Smith shares the experience of renewing the David B., a former workboat, into a charter boat small enough to slip into coves and rivers the large cruise ships can't. Along the way, she shares an appreciation of local and natural history, recipes, the hunt for original equipment for the boat, her respect for her husband's seamanship and lessons learned - a number of them, the hard way. Her respect for nature comes across as completely unforced, and not like a sermon, unless, like me, you see God in nature. Smith's easy writing style is engaging. It reads like an evening conversation at anchor, sitting around the wood stove they use for both heating the vessel and making meals. I look forward to a rumored cookbook in the works based on several years' worth of passenger meals.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)