More Details about our necessary repairs
We have a longer term sustainable funding goal for WIMHF-Suva of $150,000 per year to fund our new program development in 2021 as well as our ongoing repair, maintenance and operating budget for our classic historic 1925 Schooner Suva and our regular Foundation operating and administrative costs. We need to achieve this goal by April 30, 2022.
Our most urgent need at this time to to fund replacement of the Horn Timber. (ACHIEVED!)
The Horn Timber is a critical component, connecting the keel to the transom and supporting the boomkin, which supports the back stay.
An inspection in 2019 revealed some deterioration and minor surface crumbling along the edges of the Horn Timber.
Replacing the Horn timber requires removing some decking, opening up the planking around the stern, removing the existing timber, milling a replacement, and then restoring all the removed elements. This will include the rudder mounting and improving the upper rudder support structure.
The minimum estimated cost for the repair is $70,000, but we must prepare for contingencies and unexpected discoveries that may arise during the process. Our shipwright believes $50,000 additional is sufficient to meet those needs.
We have $60,000 in grants still available, and $30,000 in our accounts that can be used for repairs.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 to fill the gap in current needs and establish a base for sustaining future required repairs, and to be able to expand our youth outreach programs to begin meeting our mission , which is "To create awareness of the Maritime Heritage of Coupeville, Penn Cove, and Whidbey Island through educating, promoting, and preserving its maritime traditions."
Photo of the Purple Heart beam that will form our new Horn Timber. Pictured are Chris Brady, Greg Hansen, Jim Green, Peter Wells, Mare Chapman and Jason Magee. Photographer: Captain Kirby Stevens.