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

Both Vessels Underway to Alaska

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As of yesterday both Catalyst and Westward are underway toward Alaska.  Catalyst is about half way along the length of Vancouver Island, and Westward is passing Prince Rupert and will stop in Ketchikan tomorrow to clear customs.  All is well aboard both boats, and we...

Spring 2018 Newsletter

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 It must be spring. Both Catalyst and Westward are in the boatyard, and are both are kicking hard in the final lap sprint that seems to accompany every boat project I have ever been involved in. Catalyst has been in the yard in Port Townsend since last fall, with several...
experience the magic of Glacier Bay with Pacific Catalyst

Alaska, here we come!

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The summer season in Alaska is officially underway. Quite literally! Westward left Jensen Motorboat Company this afternoon and after transiting the Ballard Locks is now steaming north. Catalyst is almost finished with her extensive winter work list and is scheduled to be launched...
Pacific Catalyst Winter Newsletter

Winter 2017 / 2018 Newsletter

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Westward arrived in La Paz in late November and we immediately went to work on our projects list. Randy Good flew in to check off a list of wood working projects. Dwayne Thompson, Tracie and I removed the old polyurethane deck coating and applied a new one while at the same...

Join us in Baja, it’s safe!

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As of November 2017, several nations had issued Travel Advisories to their citizens contemplating international travel. Among these nations were Germany, France, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. That’s a lot of countries who feel that their...

Next Stop, San Diego

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After a few days making repairs and adjustments, Westward is back at sea and heading toward our next stop, San Diego. The wind is light on our stern quarter, there is a comfortable 6’ swell from the Northwest and we are making over 8 knots. Within an hour of leaving Moss Landing...
The historic wooden boat, MV Westward, Baja Mexico

MV Westward Heading South to Baja

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Westward sails for Mexico tomorrow, taking advantage of an ideal weather forecast, and we are all scrambling to check off all of our lists before we drop her lines and she heads for the open Pacific. I am sitting in Westward’s galley surrounded by the ordered chaos that precedes...
MV Westward in Baja

Wrapping up our Baja Season

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Westward slipped her moorings and sailed at sunset today. We hope to reach San Diego on the 11th, spend a few days marveling at how much everything costs after 6 months in Baja, and then sail for Seattle. It has been an amazing winter, and we are already eager to return. Here are...

Baja Spring Menu

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One of the best things about sailing with Pacific Catalyst is the food! Have a look at our menu from trip 70331 aboard MV Westward 4/3 Thai Style Green Curry Noodles with Chicken, Bean Sprouts, and Vegetables Lobster, Grapefruit, Market Greens, Red Onion Vinaigrette, Pine Nuts...
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