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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.
 

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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...
 

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Keehi marine center is another possibility- although it's almost as expensive as KoOlina - but supposedly they have openings-
 

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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.
 

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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...
 
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