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

Images of Baja: Loreto to La Paz

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This images are from the trip on Westward, Loreto to La Paz on 1.27.17-2.7.17.

Baja Reflections

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We just returned from a wonderful trip to the Baja traveling late January into early February. It was a spectacular trip starting with a visit to the Magdalena Lagoons where we encountered the most amazing tolerant and inquisitive mama and baby gray whales. We were so close that...

Wooden Boat Magazine

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Make sure to pick up the latest edition of Wooden Boat Magazine: Blame it on WoodenBoat: In May 2000, the cover of WoodenBoat No. 154 caught [Bill] Bailey’s eye. It showed a striking image of Pacific Catalyst floating among Alaska’s ice-strewn inlets. The accompanying article...

Night Light

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One night, early in the trip, a guest shown his flashlight into the water alongside Westward to see what animals it might attract. Almost immediately a tiny cloud of, what we assumed were copepods formed in the pool of light. We watched, entranced, as the cloud increased in...

Shipmates

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From my bunk I can hear them talking, low tones from the direction of the wheelhouse. Almost whispering so they don’t disturb the others that are also off watch, and trying to grab some sleep before it’s time for one of us to take our turn at the wheel. I can’t hear the words,...

One Perfect Day

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The sun rose as we walked the valley path, firing the surrounding desert hills crimson and gold. The sun had yet to dry the night’s dewfall and the succulent undergrowth was darkened with the moisture that was critical to its survival. Standing on the shore of our island we...
Loreto, Baja

Ahhhh, Baja!

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Our guests wanted to have time to visit Loreto before they fly out tomorrow, so we came into Puerto Escondido a day early. We are now sitting in the shade of a mango tree, enjoying an infusion of its fruit blended with the local cactus juice.

As the Sunsets in Baja

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The first of many sunset images from Baja. This one from about 15 miles south of La Ventana as we near the conclusion of our 2000 mile repositioning cruise from Port Townsend to La Paz.

Cabo, Here We Come

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Approaching Cabo San Lucas at dawn, 4 1/2 days out of San Diego. La Paz tomorrow morning. Wind about 10 from the NE, seas under 2′, and the sea water temp is 83 degrees!!!!

Underway towards La Paz

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After about 50 frenetic hours in San Diego we are back underway toward La Paz, Baja California Sur. We should arrive there sometime Saturday, in plenty of time for our first regular trip of the Baja season which sails on November 17th.