Originally Posted by davidnjeannie
My husband and I are considering shipping our 41 foot Chris Craft Conqueror to Hawaii in 2-3 years. We are trying to figure out the cost. We have had a couple quotes, but it seems extremely expensive. Has anyone out there shipped a boat this size or close there? How much did it cost you? It would be easier taking it with when we move, rather than buy another boat there. They just do not have much to offer there in the type of boat we want. And they are higher priced. We would hate to not have a boat. She also has a pilot house we cannot remove. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks in advance
Welcome to Cruisers Forum, Jeannie and David. It's good to have you here.
I know this isn't what you want to hear, but you did say "any advice would be appreciated." I think you should carefully reconsider your plans. Cruising the Hawai'ian Islands is nothing like the San Juans. This thread, What's the deal with Hawaii?
might be worthwhile reading, and if you do a CF search, you will find several others.
It's great that you want to continue enjoying the water
after you're there, but I think you'll find a bluewater sailboat much more suitable. Making Hawai'i your base, then going exploring from there is a great option, but your Chris Craft won't take you far. And even for exploring the Islands themselves, I think you'll find a strong sailing vessel more suitable.
As hard as it may be to believe, the entrenched political powers in Hawai'i don't see yachting as something they should promote. As a result, the facilities there are sparse and, generally, poorly maintained.
It would be worth your while to contact some of the members here with more recent Hawai'i experience that mine, such as SkiprJohn or Celestialsailor. Since you're not going there for two or three years, you have time to gather more information and get a clearer picture about cruising the Hawai'ian Islands.