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

What a trip!

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We are now 3 miles from the harbor buoy, and will be moored by 7:30. What a trip! One note of significance, when we tie up in San Diego Westward will have completed a round trip from San Diego to Seattle and back again on one load of fuel! Not many modern off shore cruisers can...

MV Westward Arriving in San Diego

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It is now 0500 on Monday, January 4. Westward is about 9 miles NW of Palos Verde and is 99 miles from the San Diego Harbor entrance buoy. We sailed from Port Townsend, Washington last Monday night at 2200, and since then have traversed all but 99 miles of the west coast. With the...
The Westward after 5 months of renovation

We are finally underway aboard Westward.

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We left the dock in Port Townsend at 2200 Monday night (Dec. 23rd), and just passed Dungeness Spit off of Squim. Everything is running fine and we hope to be in San Diego on January 3rd. We will spend 2 days there before continuing on to La Paz, Baja California Sur, where we will...
The Westward after 5 months of renovation

Progress with the Westward

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We launch Monday, December 20th and then begin final preparation for our repositioning run from Port Townsend to La Paz, Baja Sur. We have been longer than planned here in the boatyard, and spent more than budgeted, but things are coming together and Westward is in better shape...

New Trips Aboard MV Westward in SE Alaska Starting in May 2016

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Beginning in May 2016 we are introducing several new trips to our Alaska schedule. All of these new itineraries will be aboard Westward, our 86’ classic 1924 motor yacht. These voyages are centered in Sitka, Alaska, and on the northerly leg extends to Juneau, Alaska’s State...
Orca whales in Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska – Trip 1516

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We encountered amazing bear viewing at Pack Creek yesterday and stayed past our planned departure time. Today’s schedule didn’t allow any room for flexibility, so we traveled through dinner last night and arrived at our anchorage in the late evening. The only illumination as we...

Update on Westward

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We hauled Westward for regular maintenance in late June. My work list included replacing the rotten foremast, building aluminum outrigger poles from which to set our at-anchor stabilizers and giving her hull its annual paint job. Things took a major twist within a few days when...
Brown bear checking out a new arrival at Pack Creek on Admiralty Island, AK. Photo by Shannon Bailey,

Summer 2015, Alaska Newsletter

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Dear Friends: Summer 2015, Alaska Newsletter As I write this we are southbound in Stephen’s Passage, on our way to Twin Meadows in Endicott Arm. We are making 8.3 knots with the wind and current at our backs, and the sky is fair overhead. It is a fine day to be on the water, as...

A small cruise provides big adventures along Mexico’s western peninsula, Baja.

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By Lauren Buchholz There are hundreds of ways to fall in love with Baja California. Maybe it’s the waving fluke of a blue whale as she pilots her sandbar-size body through waters less than fifty yards from your ship. Perhaps it’s kindled while you search for geodes on ...

CATALYST/WESTWARD LOG: May/June 2015

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Dear Friends The Catalyst is now north working in SE Alaska and the Westward is back in port in Friday Harbor, preparing for next fall and winter in the Sea of Cortez. We want to share with you the opportunity to join us there this next season, permits now in hand, and the kinks...