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03-28-2014 12:54 PM
goshea
Re: slips, moorings, anchorages for living aboard/cruising in hawaii

Things don't look much brighter here in 2014. We are in escrow for a catamaran in Kewalo Basin. Slip is 70' and goes for near $900/month. We may try and move, as we only need 35' and we are not tied to jobs on O'ahu. The 90 day life sounds kinda nice.
06-06-2011 03:36 PM
OrioninHawaii There are rare to no opportunities for rental of liveaboards and bringing a boat out now is difficult as the waiting time for slips is years. There are transient spaces but they are both expensive and limited to 3 months a year.
KoOlina marina has space but it is on the leeward side (an hour from Honolulu) and expensive. When we left there 3 years ago we were paying $1400 a month for a 50 ft slip...
05-12-2011 09:40 PM
csaintg Sorry to hear about the damage, Orion. I may have an opportunity to work in Oahu this year. I could bring my boat out, or rent aliveaboard while I am there. I just want to know what my options are.
05-12-2011 06:30 PM
OrioninHawaii Yes it has. Plus the recent tsunami destroyed many docks and damaged boats. Orion was stuck under her dock and got her stanchions bent like pretzels. Otherwise came through intact.
The earthquake came when I had just got on a plane to the mainland.
Husband had only enough time to throw the cats in the car, grab the important papers and put more lines on. We were fortunate that we had as little damage as we did. Less than $5,000.
It will be years before the docks are repaired.
05-12-2011 05:13 PM
csaintg Bump,

I would like to see an update to this thread. Has the economy affected the boat world in Hawaii as much as it has here in the mainland?
03-07-2009 02:28 PM
OrioninHawaii Keehi marine center is another possibility- although it's almost as expensive as KoOlina - but supposedly they have openings-
03-07-2009 02:02 PM
creedence623 Try Kehi Lagoon, or La Marinana (right next door to Kehi). These are usually your bet bets unless you are a DoD ID card holder and can get into Pearl Harbor. There are also a number of balls to moor up to around Kehi. Ala Wai is not going to work out for you, and you'd be lucky to get a transient slip there, though it couldn't hurt to ask. Ko Olina is nice, but get ready to pay. If the boat is small enough, you may consider Waianai Small Boat harbor. 10 year waiting list for Haleiwa on the North Shore so I would bother with them. Finding a slip or mooring is possible, just takes a little looking into.

Lack of moorage is the biggest hurdle for potential boat buyers in Hawaii. The state is HORRIBLE at allocating their funds so they let their marina fall to pieces. Waste of a natural resource for the state, but you'll soon see why things are so mis-managed after talking to a couple DLNR folks there. Best of luck!
03-07-2009 01:38 PM
OrioninHawaii The problem with anchorages here is depending on the time of year they are not useable-
Radio Bay in Hilo is useable pretty much all year round but you can't stay at anchor more than 90 days-and there is still a fee- there's really no where else on the big island you can go to easily all year round- After 90 days you have to move and sailing between the islands is demanding-
There are more options on Oahu- you can use one of the mooring balls in Kaneohe Bay depending on the size of your boat you can go transient from anchorage to harbor for a few months but then what do you do?
You kind of have to have a long term plan or you will be stuck...
03-07-2009 01:29 PM
OrioninHawaii Where in Hawaii? On Oahu which is where I live you can get a slip at KoOlina but it's pricey- it took us 5+years on a waiting list to get into Ala Wai small boat harbor.
Are you military? if so there are several inexpensive options- but again all with waiting lists if you are buying a boat in Hawaii already where is it now? There are situations where a person buys half the boat and becomes a co-owner just to keep a slip...
You can be a transient for 4 months- you need to contact the boat harbor
and see what the availability is.
This year is problematic as the transpac will be held and slips during that time (july) will be at a premium...
you are welcome to PM me and ask specifics.
03-03-2009 12:36 PM
southernwind if it helps one thing i do is to look on Google earth and see the mooring fields and anchorages, find one that looks good and ask about it you will get some better answers.

i was looking around Hilo and seen some good anchorages that i was thinking about.
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