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

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 ...


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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...
Baja, Sea of Cortez

Catalyst/Westward: December 2014

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December 9, 2014 Dawn greetings from Puerto Ballena, a beautiful cove on the west side of Isla Espiritu Santo. Allow me to lead with breaking news: WE HAVE OUR PERMITS!! For the many of you who have been waiting for that confirmation before you book a trip and buy airplane...

Cruising the Inside Passage

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Cruising The Inside Passage – A week aboard the Pacific Catalyst II -by Serine Halverson, Alaska Magazine Click here to read the pdf

Pack Creek

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We are very excited to announce that Pacific Catalyst was selected by the US Forest Service to have high-season access to Pack Creek Zoological Area on Admiralty Island during high season. Pack Creek is home to one of the largest gatherings of Brown Bears in the world, and has...

The Last Frontier

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Story and Photos by Neil Rabinowitz: MOTOR BOATING AND SAILING/AUG. 1997 Adventure is guaranteed on a cruise of Alaska’s glacier-studded southeast coast on board Catalyst, a classic explorer. Two grizzlies before breakfast were more than we had bargained for. We dared not twitch...

Alaska at eye level

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by Christine Hemp, Boston Globe Vintage 1932 motor vessel offers comfort, companionability, exploring in hard-to-reach spots, and even solitude. FREDERICK SOUND, Alaska – A miniature iceberg glistens and slowly melts on a chafing dish. The dining room table, steaming with...

North to Alaska

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Exploring Nature’s Wonders by Boat and Kayak -Lisa Alpine, Pacific Sun “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”- Martin Buber The place of deep impact for me on my trip to Alaska last summer was a “shoe-sized,”...