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Whidbey Island Maritime Heritage Foundation

Whidbey Island Maritime Heritage Foundationproudly owns and operates the schooner Suva

Whidbey Island Maritime Heritage Foundation was founded to preserve the maritime heritage of Coupeville, Penn Cove and Whidbey Island through education and public awareness.

The WIMHF proudly owns and operates the schooner Suva, whose carefully trained volunteer docents and crew members proudly operate Suva according to Coast Guard requirements for an inspected small passenger vessel. Whidbey Island enjoys a rich maritime history with countless stories dating back to the discovery of the island in the late 1700’s. It is our hope to gather all we can and share them far and wide, making new ones along the way.

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  • Length overall 65 feet.

  • Length on deck 58 feet

  • Length on the water line 45 feet

  • Beam 14 feet

  • Draft 6 ft 6 in


Spars and sails

Masts are made of Sitka spruce. The main mast is 66 feet high. 

Bowsprit and boom kin, Purple Heart (purple heart wood comes from Brazil and a couple of other South American countries and is called purple heart because as it ages it turns a purple color).

Her sails are Dacron and consist of:

  • Mainsail

  • Main staysail

  • Fisherman

  • Fore staysail

  • Jib



Sleeps Nine

  • Forward cabin has a double bed on the starboard and a single on the port

  • Main salon has four single bunks two on the starboard and two on the port

  • Galley has a pullout bunk that makes into a double


Heat (in the main salon) and cook stove (in the galley) are both diesel

Unfortunately, Suva is not USCG inspected for overnight guests.  Chartering Suva for multiple days requires customer to arrange overnight accommodations ashore. 

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