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.
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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...

Spring Updates

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April 15, 2017 It has been a remarkable winter for us aboard Westward, we have drifted among a group of surface feeding blue whales, snorkeled among playful California sea lion pups, stroked friendly grey whales and, swum in the midst of a thousand schooling mobula rays. We have...

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.

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...

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...

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...
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...