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Finding a Live-Aboard Berth in Hawaii

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Originally Posted by Enigma0 View Post
So, is there a Hawaiian Web site, as with Georgia's, that explains/publishes regulations for living aboard?

Because someone sailing in from some distant shore is assuredly 'living aboard' their vessel. Most aren't going to be able to rush right over from a dock or anchorage to check into a Waikiki hotel suite.

Often I'm left puzzled by the thinking (or lack thereof) of those who persecute sailors. That elaborate -wink, wink- routine in the video non-pluses.
Yes, there is a site. I don't have the URL handy but you should be able to find it on Google easy enough under State of Hawaii, DLNR Boating.

As I recall from living in Hawaii for thirty years (I lived aboard for 17 years), Live aboard permits are available at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and Ke'ehi Lagoon, both in Honolulu. There is a waiting list that may be up to several years for a slip depending on the size of boat. You have to get a slip before you can apply for a live aboard permit for which there may be another wait list.

There are no legal live aboard slips available on any of the neighbor islands.

Transient live aboards, i.e. cruisers, are permitted for a limited time on a space available basis at the discretion of the Harbor Master.

There are published rules and policies, and then there are the interpretation applied by the Harbor Master at any given harbor. There can be wide variations from island to island.

Hawaii is notoriously unfriendly to boaters.
When we arrived at the Ala Wai after sailing from San Francisco in 2010 the Harbor Master informed us that there was a thirty day waiting list for a transient berth. This in a harbor with nearly a thousand slips, dozens of which were clearly empty. I won't even go into the horrid security problems at state harbors on Oahu.

Fortunately, not all berths are controlled by the state. Also fortunate, for us, we were long time Hawaii residents and had friends who helped us out with a berth at
Permanent live-aboards are not allowed there but as transients we were OK for a few months. PBYC is on a month-to month lease from the state so it could disappear at any time.

If you are used to boating facilities on the mainland I think it is fair to say you will be confused and disappointed by Hawaii.

The weather is very nice though.
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