Come and join us on one of our handcrafted, small ship cruises aboard our classic, historic wooden vessels. Our warm interiors, with decade’s old varnished wood paneling, heavy beamed ceilings and glowing mahogany trim and furniture takes us back to a time when craftsmanship was the rule rather than the exception. The slow pulse of our original 1932 Washington Diesel engine, the only one like it in the world, makes CATALYST a living creature, with a strong iron heart. The older 1924 Atlas, the oldest running one in the world outside of the Smithsonian, graces the WESTWARD with the same life beat. We use large battery banks that allow us to go for 12 hours without starting an engine to disrupt the quiet solitude that is at the core of a Pacific Catalyst trip. Why invest in a trip that feeds only a few of your senses?
Our wooden vessels are unique and both are powered by their original engines. Catalyst was built in 1932 as the University of Washington’s first research vessel. Westward was launched in 1924 and was the very first boat built specifically to convey charter guests in Alaskan waters. She is designated as a Historic Place by the National Park Service. Our antique engines are very efficient, using only as much fuel in an entire season as some of our competitors consume in a week.
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