Derelict boats have little to do with the State's attitude towards boats and their complete ineptitude in managing the harbors. Hawaii is a 'people's republic' that plays the politics of envy to the hilt and resembles a third world country in the way the government is run. The previous governor supposedly had it in for yachties because of an imagined snub by the Waikiki Yacht Club when he was in the State Legislature. The current
governor or at least the just departed administrator of the DLNR that controls harbors, siphoned off money
from the harbors division for all sorts of 'eco friendly' enterprizes having nothing to do with water
or boats. There is also a vocal minority of boat owners who claim a slip as a right that they shouldn't have to pay squat for, and squat in with boats that hardly ever go to sea. Add influential people with big bucks and local friends and you have slips that are supposedly public assets built with public money being sold as private resources, often with the slips being worth twice or more the boat that sits in it. Then we have the eco NAZIs who protest anything and are far too effective in halting progress with the help of the judiciary.
So, the State has let the Ala Wai boat harbor in Waikiki nearly completely fall into ruin. Keehi Lagoon is close behind the Ala Wai in condition but only the desperate would want to have a boat there in any case. Both these harbors have more slips condemned than functioning. It got so bad that there was talk of cancelling the TransPac race
because they weren't sure they'd have enough viable slips for the boats. Roy Disney personally castigated the State in an open letter for what it has allowed to happen to the Ala Wai. Unfortunately, those two Oahu Marinas
are just the tip of the ice berg.
and improvements on all the State Harbors is abysmal and waiting lists gargantuan. Construction of new marinas
and slips is at a complete standstill because of political indifference and the 'change nothing' attitude of the rabid environmentalists with their friends in the judiciary.
In short, In Hawaii, The State Harbors and their administration are a poster child for privatization. It's so bad that I keep my boat in California
whereI can find a slip without consulting acturarial tables to determine if I'll live long enough to get it. That is if the slip hasn't fallen into the ocean by the time my number comes up.
As far as Bare Boat charters, insurance
is a problem. Mistakes
are often fatal here that would be an embarassment in less forgiving waters. During the winter, there are no safe anchorages
outside of harbors and even some of them aren't completely safe. A 15' or 20' error in navigation
can turn a boat into kindling in minutes. Sailing against the tradewinds and currents in the channels is brutal. Of course it's relatively warm water and almost always sunny so is a small improvement over the PNW. Downwind sailing with the trades is some of the most exhilerating sailing imaginable and the scenery on the windward side of the Islands, amazing. The problem is you can only really only enjoy the windward sides in the summer and once you get there, you have to turn around and buck the winds and seas getting back.
Hate to throw a wet blanket on sailing in my home waters but it has it's problems, big problems.
I'm glad Iniki was moving fast and didn't beat up Kauai. Of course a quickie DIRECT hit by a category 4 hurricane doesn't cause much damage, NOT!!!!! Almost every house on Kauai suffered major damage and EVERY water front property was totally wasted. Almost all the electric
poles were ripped out of the ground and/or broken and the power lines down. All the hotels were closed, some for a year or more for repair/rebuilding. The trees that weren't blown down were almost shorn of leaves. Kauai was not a pretty site. Just talked with a guy who lived through it. His house came through the right forward quadrant hit without much damage. He went out in the yard when the eye passed over and picked up furniture and stuff that had been blown around. As the eye passed over, the wind
on the opposite side of the eye switched 180 degrees and went from near calm to 120mph+ in seconds. He loaded his family
in their SUV in the garage as a precaution. Fortunately he did so as the neighbors house exploded and the debris tore his house down around their car. I was in Kauai a couple of moths after Iniki and it looked like a giant scythe had leveled everything taller than 20'