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Operated by: Pacific Catalyst

Westward has a long and storied history, dating back to 1924. She was launched as the flagship of the Alaska Coast Hunting and Cruising Co. and pioneered hunting, fishing, and adventure travel in the remote regions of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. During WWII she served as a patrol boat for the US Navy before returning to private ownership and a circumnavigation of the world. In 2012 she was purchased by Pacific Catalyst cruises and underwent a complete rebuild, although she remains dependably powered by her original Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine. Westward accommodates no more than 10 guests on her Alaskan, Pacific Northwest and Baja California expeditions and is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

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Key Facts

86 Feet / 26 Metres
19 Feet
8 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades


SIZE:7m2 / 77sqftSLEEPS:2

Each of Westward's five compact cabins have a lower double double bed and a single upper bunk. Cabins feature an en suite with toilet, sink and shower. Portholes in the cabins open to allow a cooling breeze and the sounds of nature to enter the room. Note that access to cabins is down a steep set of stairs.


Dining is a highlight of any Westward expedition. Ingredients are sourced locally, often along the way, meaning that the freshest vegetables and seafoods are always used. The Chef ensures all ingredients are sustainably produced. Meals are hearty, warming and simple, making best use of local flavours. 



Westward is a classic wooden yacht that feels cozy with it's wood panelling, intimate and friendly dining and lounge area. A large covered deck on the stern can be set for al fresco outdoor dining. Westward travels with a fleet of kayaks for exploration.


Westward Expeditions


Sea of Cortez, Baja & Whale Sharks

From USD $5250.00 Per Person

DURATION:9 Days/ 8 Nights REGION:North America SHIP:Westward

A 9 day expedition among the scattered islands along the shore of the Baja peninsula with up-close whale encounters! Snorkel with young sea lions and hike ashore.

SE Alaska - Petersburg to Sitka

From USD $5250.00 Per Person

DURATION:8 Days/ 7 Nights REGION:North America SHIP:Westward

An 8-day Alaskan voyage from Petersburg to Sitka aboard the classic small ship Westward. Watch for bears along the shores and whales while transiting twisting channels and ice-filled fjords.