Took a step back in time yesterday
Yesterday there was a open house held on two charter boats here in Friday Harbor. The first was the M/V CATALYST. Built in Seattle for the University Of Washington, it was used for research for many years. At over 74 feet long and a 110 ton displacement, she will carry up to 12 guests and a crew of 4-5. While we were aboard the captain, Bill Bailey, started the 6 cylinder Estep engine for us. I love hearing these old engines run.
This year they acquired a second vessel, the 92 foot M/V WESTWARD. Also built in Seattle in the 1930's this boat was used as a adventure charter
boat from the beginning. She has hosted many famous people.
The Catalyst will be leaving for Alaska mid April and is already fully booked for the trip north. The Westward will remain in the Puget Sound area this summer. But if any of you folks wanting to see northern British Columbia or Alaska and don't have your own boat, these type of charter boats are the way to go.