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
MV Catalyst, SE Alaska Inside Passage, small ship cruises

Take a trip up the Inside Passage

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Enjoy this video from Alaska Magazine, aboard MV Catalyst.  

Puerto Gato

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We had anchored in Puerto Gato, a beautiful shallow bay that lies on the eastern shore of the Baja peninsula, about midway between the fishing villages of San Evaristo and Agua Verde. Northerly winds had been whipping up the Gulf for the past few days, and the resulting wind...
Historic MV Westward

MV Westward: a link to a historic past

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From the blog The Peregrine Sea, 2011 Tacoma’s waterfront has been undergoing a transition, and I intended to explore the new working waterfront museum at Foss Waterway Seaport, wondering if any ships would be moored there.  I ran into the WESTWARD and found a very active,...

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...
Moon over the Westward, Baja Mexico

Baja – Becoming Connected

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Flying home from Baja for Christmas I was on the afternoon flight from Los Cabos. Due to the prevailing seasonal winds our plane took off toward the north, and that meant that we flew over the Sierra de la Giganta mountains and had a view of La Paz and the islands in the Gulf of...
Baja at sunset

Westward has arrived in Baja

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Rounding Cabo Falso, Cabo San Lucas at dawn today after a smooth 4 day passage from San Diego. We will arrive in La Paz either late tonight or early Thursday. Water temp 76, 15 degrees warmer than it was in San Diego! 1,100 journey from Seattle.

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...