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A Special Note From Bill and Tracie

To our wonderful patrons and team members, After nearly 30 seasons of adventures along the Pacific shores of North America, it is time for Tracie and I to plot a course into the remote and sublime archipelago known as retirement. When I bought M/V Catalyst and formed Pacific Catalyst around her, I was primarily motivated by a love for old wooden…

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July 15, 2024

Pacific Catalyst Update from Captain Bill Bailey

Catalyst and Westward were nearly fully booked for the entire 2021 Alaska season, which helped us rise from the almost universally negative financial impact due to Covid-19. It felt good to be able to pay back a good bit of the loans taken out to survive 2020. There was also enough left to replace Catalyst’s

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May 11, 2022

Traveling with Bill and Tracie Through the Start of a Pandemic

For some years now my husband Brian and I have explored remote places in Alaska and Baja on board Bill’s wonderful vintage ships – the Catalyst and the Westward. Brian is gone now, but I have continued to travel with Bill and Tracie both with my daughter-in-law (a previously confirmed big boat enthusiast) and solo….

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April 24, 2020

Discovering the Cave Paintings and Petroglyphs of Baja

I was fortunate to visit some of the cave paintings in Baja on the extension of one of Bill’s Baja tours shortly before the Corona Virus exploded in our lives, changing what we could and wanted to do. And further fortunate to have Don Chicho as one of my guides. Don Chicho was one of…

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April 13, 2020