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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
An entertaining read. I found myself cheering the David B on. I wanted the Smiths to succeed... I was quickly drawn into this tale; I eagerly turned the pages not wanting to wait to see what new adventure the Smiths would face. Smith is a talented author. She paints a beautiful picture with words.

About the Author

Christine Smith was introduced to professional boating when she met her husband, Jeffrey, in 1996. She began working on tour and whale watch boats in 2001 because it combined her love for nature and her interest in helping others to enjoy the natural world. Christine is an avid birder, and a founding member of the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Alongside her role as vice president, chef, naturalist, mate, and part-time engineer for Northwest Navigation Co., Inc, she has also owns a small gardening company. When not watching birds, working on the David B, baking, or gardening, Christine enjoys long trail runs in the hills around Bellingham, Washington, where she lives with Jeffrey and their two cats Harriet and Oswald. Christine won 1st Place in the 2013 Chanticleer Book Reviews Journey Awards for True Adventure for More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Old Heavy Duty Publishing (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615540899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615540894
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 on board, 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.

Christine's More Faster Backwards won 1st Place in Chanticleer Book Review's Journey Awards for True Action / Adventure.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G.Money on December 18, 2011
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What a great read! Entertaining and easy read. Couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover over the course of the weekend.
The author Is a natural story teller. Excellent flow and funny too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hjelmseth on January 29, 2012
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I love this book. When the pages ran out I knew this was just the start of the story. I hope that Christine will update us sometime in the future with more stories of other boats and passengers as she is a great story teller. In the mean time I may have to book passage on the David B so I can see it for myself and taste some of that bread.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes to read an inspiring story of love and hard work...you don't have to be a boat person but you may turn into one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leah Lyne on December 29, 2011
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The book is brain candy and I yummed it up in just a few days. It is a nice mix of nature travel and nautical know how interwoven with the love of an old boat and a lifestyle that many people would love to quit their day job for. I found myself dreaming of travel to secluded far off places and inspired to follow my dreams. More Faster Backwards is a great read for anyone who has been on a live aboard or is interested in small ship cruising the inside passage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chanticleer Book Reviews on August 11, 2013
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"More faster backwards," she yells to the boat captain. Christine Smith's angst makes her words tumble out scrambled. These words, now the book title, summarize how obstacles pushed Christine and her husband Jeffrey "more faster backwards" during their boat's reconstruction.

They race against time, money, and natural elements to save the David B--the vessel that they bet all of their resources on in hopes of making their dream of owning and operating a small expedition cruise boat in the Pacific Northwest come true.

The adventure begins when Christine and Jeffrey Smith, searching for an old boat to transform into a small passenger vessel, examine a sixty-five foot 1929 work-boat, precariously moored on Lopez Island--the neglected wooden vessel that hovers near death is the David B. However, Jeffrey sees the elegant beauty of a three cylinder antique engine and the strength of the hull made from Northwest timber. Christine saw the look in Jeffrey's eyes and knew that this was the boat.

In the opening pages, we learn they've accomplished part of their dream and we're ready to climb aboard. The author seamlessly carries us from her present experiences and joy during the sea voyage, back into her memories, where she re-lives the enormous hurdles of the rebuild process. The flashbacks work well because we want to know. Need to know.

With hearts captivated by the David B, the couple gambles everything. Looming bankruptcy lurks alongside the other huge challenges. Anxiety heightens because their cherished family and friends (without whom they couldn't have succeeded) share the risk. Readers will think, "This can't be done" and then ask themselves, "How did they do it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clark on January 21, 2012
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The idea of buying a worn out old wooden boat and restoring it to make a living running boutique cruises in Alaskan is so very romantic. But the reality turns out to be less than pretty and if they hadn't finally welcomed their first passengers, I would have called it impossible. I couldn't believe the kind of blind crazy faith it took this couple to save this boat and live their dream. But I was happy for a fun read and a little encouragement to follow my own (not quite as big) big dreams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake on January 25, 2012
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Christine and Jeffrey Smith spent nearly a decade of big dreams and empty pockets following their vision and I think Christine has done a great job weaving it into a compelling story. She alternates between observations on the first trip to Alaska aboard the reborn David B with the incredible tale of its rebirth. I was particularly struck by how candid she was about the difficult decisions along the way and also by her well-honed perspective on what it means to rebuild an old wooden boat and take passengers to beautiful places. It's clearly important to them and it inspired me to be a bit bolder in following my own path. As someone who likes to fix things and see how they work, I also loved the descriptions of all the unique solutions they found when rebuilding the 80 year old boat. Great job Christine!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flyer fan on September 6, 2012
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What's not to like about this book? A couple fall in love with a classic wooden working boat, lovingly restore it to it's past glory, and then sail it to one of my favorite places in the world, Juneau, Alaska.

I found myself wishing I was written into every page. Reading this book was a fun way to feel like I was there too. If the author needs a new crew member, I'm available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aceon on December 24, 2011
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Just like the other reviewer, I couldn't put it down. You know that the David B makes it, since stories of the maiden voyage are interspersed with stories of the rebuilding, but you still are just drawn into the tale. Some passages are lovely and lyrical, others are salty and funny. You never get lost in nautical lingo but there is plenty to keep boat lovers smiling. It made me want to get some xtratufs and head out to sea in company with this couple of boat lovers who love this particular old boat!
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