Hand crafted, unique small ship cruises: the Inside Passage of SE Alaska, British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, San Juan Islands and the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico.
Pacific Catalyst

The Glory of a Sunrise

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I was busy in the engine room when an orange glow outside the port hole caught my attention. Sunrise! A scattered layer of clouds promised one of unusual intensity, so I downed my tools, cleaned off my hands and climbed the ladder to the deck. Walking up the side deck toward the...

Going Back in Time

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A bit over three hours after leaving the paved road, our four wheel drive truck surged up a steep embankment and stopped in a small corral that was shaded by a few large mesquites. Stepping out of the truck was a step back in time. The wood rail corral was leaning into the...

Westward just completed her second season in the Sea of Cortez

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We are preparing to get underway from La Paz, Baja. Next stop is San Diego on our way to Alaska. It was a wonderful, challenging, exciting and sublime winter in the Sea of Cortez. And now Westward and Catalyst are heading north for Alaska.

Lessons from Captain Scammon

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As I prepared myself for my first Baja charter season I acquired as many writings about the region as possible. From beautiful large format photo journals to intertidal organism identification books to awkward, self-published accounts of personal adventures. As I have read...
MV Catalyst, SE Alaska Inside Passage, small ship cruises

Take a trip up the Inside Passage

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Enjoy this video from Alaska Magazine, aboard MV Catalyst.  

Puerto Gato

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We had anchored in Puerto Gato, a beautiful shallow bay that lies on the eastern shore of the Baja peninsula, about midway between the fishing villages of San Evaristo and Agua Verde. Northerly winds had been whipping up the Gulf for the past few days, and the resulting wind...
Historic MV Westward

MV Westward: a link to a historic past

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From the blog The Peregrine Sea, 2011 Tacoma’s waterfront has been undergoing a transition, and I intended to explore the new working waterfront museum at Foss Waterway Seaport, wondering if any ships would be moored there.  I ran into the WESTWARD and found a very active,...

Moored in La Paz

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Westward is now moored in La Paz after a breezy voyage south from Loreto. We saw blue and humpback whales, common and bottle nose dolphins, newly hatched frigate bird chicks, jumping Dorado and many beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We depart soon to return to Loreto, and I am...

CATALYST/WESTWARD LOG: January/February 2016

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Dear Friends: Westward and Baja Status: June 24, 2015 I hauled Westward this morning in Port Townsend. She will be here on the hard getting a short list of projects taken care of while I go back to Catalyst in Alaska.   And then…… Five and a half months in the life of...
Moon over the Westward, Baja Mexico

Baja – Becoming Connected

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Flying home from Baja for Christmas I was on the afternoon flight from Los Cabos. Due to the prevailing seasonal winds our plane took off toward the north, and that meant that we flew over the Sierra de la Giganta mountains and had a view of La Paz and the islands in the Gulf of...