WIMHF Membership


To preserve the maritime heritage and traditions of Coupeville, Penn Cove and Whidbey Island through education and public awareness.

Out in Penn CoveThe Whidbey Island Maritime Heritage Foundation (Originally the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation) was created to preserve the maritime heritage of Coupeville, Penn Cove and Whidbey Island through education, outreach,  and public awareness. The schooner Suva, originally built for Coupeville resident Frank Pratt in 1925,  is owned  by the WIMHF, whose carefully trained volunteer hosts and crew members proudly operate Suva according to Coast Guard regulations. 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 these stories and experiences and share them far and wide, making new ones along the way.


Your membership and donations help WIMHF reach our goals of:

  • Operating and maintaining schooner Suva
  • Upgrading Suva’s major electrical, mechanical and safety systems
  • Maintain Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection (COI) to secure our present & future operating flexibility
  • Education, community outreach, hands-on training
  • Preserving our Maritime Heritage

For a basic membership fee of $100, you will receive a coupon for a single two hour sail anytime during our normal sailing season.  A COUPLES membership fee of $175 will entitle you to 2 seats on a single sail anytime during our normal sailing season.

For members who wish to support the WIMHF and Schooner Suva at a higher level, the Admiral membership is available for $1200 ($100 Monthly).  ADMIRAL level is an Individual annual membership. It includes a certificate for up to a 3-hour private charter, PLUS a certificate for four additional seats on a regular 2-hour sail within Suva’s regular sailing season. You will also receive advanced notice for Suva Supporter special sails.

RaceWeekTo become a member, visit our WIMHF membership page.

For additional membership information, and to arrange private sail events, visit schoonersuva.org or call (360) 320-4337.

To become a crew member of Suva, check out our Crew Membership Information page.

For general membership-related questions please email: admin@schoonersuva.org