Suva Happenings

It’s coming together…

Many people…

are putting in hours of work to get Suva ready for sailing this summer.  But, there are still some things to get done….

Much of the work is behind the scenes, but will make it possible for Suva to operate safely in the years to come.  For Instance, as part of the preparation for the COI, Mike Dilley and Jim Green have been chasing down seemingly unused wires and cleaning up “good for now, we’ll fix it later” wiring nightmares behind the instrument panel.  The upshot is removal of LOTS of unnecessary  weight and confusing rats nest of abandoned wires.  (See Photo)

The new control panel will incorporate the new bilge pump switch panel, bilge pump alarms, and high water alarm required for the COI…Check back for Project Completion pics in a week!

Calling Suva carpenters…..

The Suva Steps need to be retired! Although a mid season repair last year got us to the end of the season, as you can see from the picture it is time to retire the stairs.  If you feel you have the skills and time  to build us a new one, please contact Jim Green at We need the stairs ready by May 11.  Jim has some left over Trex that would make great decking material, and CMHF will reimburse you for other materials required, but check with Jim first, we don’t need 6 or 7 sets of steps!

Check us out at the Whidbey Island Sail Fest!



You can tour them all for FREE Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20 10am – 1pm


Your hometown gal will be at the festival! Schooner Suva is a 68 ft Staysail Schooner Built in 1925. She was designed by Ted Geary and is almost entirely of Burmese Teak.

Suva is owned and managed by the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, founded to preserve the maritime heritage of Coupeville, Penn Cove and Whidbey Island through education and public awareness. CMHF carefully trains volunteer docents and crew members according to Coast Guard requirements. Visit our website,, to see how you can join the fun and support Suva.

FACEBOOK: Click here to see Suva’s Page



The Hawaiian Chieftain is a 104′ split topsail Ketch that sails the entire Pacific coast every year. Built in Lahaina, HI in 1988, Hawaiian Chieftain has visited Tahiti, and sails as far north as Vancouver, CA.

The crew lives aboard, and teaches maritime job skills for adults and outdoor history programs for kids. To learn all about Hawaiian Chieftain, visit the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport website,

FACEBOOK: Click here to see HC’s Page


Aeolian Adventures (a 501 C 3 educational non-profit), provides student sailors the opportunity to learn history, science, math, and more while working as crew of a traditional sailing ship, S.V. Cutty Sark.

These voyages are provided to student groups and clubs at no charge though donations are accepted. At other times S.V. Cutty Sark is available to others at an hourly rate.

FACEBOOK: Click here to see Cutty Sark’s Page

Whidbey Reads Presents….

Check out the program at Coupeville Library on  Monday, 19 March!

Kaci Cronkhite, author of “Finding PAX,” owner of the 1936 Danish spidgatter Pax and former director of Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, presents stories behind the stories.

Finding Pax chronicles her 7-year quest to find the lost history of PAX. In all, she met 8 families in California, British Columbia, and Denmark. Photographs not seen in the book will be part of the talk and questions are welcome. A signed copy of the highly acclaimed first edition of the book will be given to one lucky person attending! For more information, Funded by Friends of the Coupeville Library.