Re: Why so many unused boats?
Here in Hawaii there are very few private marinas, and they are very expensive, and some with long wait list. The state has several harbors where you can dock your boat, and the costs are more resonable.
The problem is the state harbors have a 5 year or more wait list for a slip. And here is the big problem, once your name comes up (and you have no notice it is coming), you have 2 weeks to have your boat tied up at the slip and 30 days to pass a state inspection that includes running the boat under power to a head bouy and back, and with liability insurace on your boat. So what happens is once someone gets a slip, they stick a boat in it as a place holder, until which time that can buy their "yacht", and that time never comes.
So the harbors are full of "place holders".