• Draft: 6′
  • Beam: 22′
  • Rig Height: 75′
  • Freeboard: 3′
  • Sail Area: 4,200 square feet
  • Tons: 64
  • Hull: steel


Hawaiian Chieftain is a 103-foot square-rigged topsail ketch. Designed to haul passengers and freight between the islands of Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i, the ship was lofted on the floor of a decommissioned pineapple packing plant in Lahaina, Maui and launched from the sand into Kahoma Stream on June 12th, 1988. After her maiden voyage to Tahiti, Chieftain spent much of the next 30 years on the West Coast, offering daysails and educational programs. After completing a 3-year restoration in Port Townsend, WA, Hawaiian Chieftain is once again ready to train, educate, and inspire.


  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
  • Program Type: Passenger Daysails, Private Charters, Dockside Interpretation, Maritime History, Other
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: Near-coastal California routes
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Pacific Northwest waters
  • Sailing Season: Year-round
  • Year Launched: 1988
  • Number of Crew: 8
  • Website: http://sailhawaiianchieftain.com