MAJOR slip shortage in Kona. Waiting list over 5 years for 30'-40' slip and forever for anything larger at Honokohau, the only small boat harbor here. Commercial
slips are buyable but prices are well into 6 figures and come with a ton of requirements from the State. Can't legally do anything for hire without a commercial
slip and it just isn't economically feasible to buy a commercial slip for just sailing, You'd need to be very dedicated and well funded to make a commercial slip work or independently wealthy which most of the larger fishing
boat owners are. Mostly power boats in Honokohau Harbor dedicated to fishing
, and/or whale watching. The winds in Kona tend to be light and not a sailors delight so not much demand.
Our old Westail 32 ran a dinner cruise
for many years and seemed to be successful. Understood their clients were primarily time share condo buyers who got the sail as a perk for buying
a slot. Apparently the Time Share sold out or quit offering the sail as an incentive and they shut down the business several years ago. There is a beach cat that works out of Honokohau but it's pretty much a cattle boat and doubt that sailing is a big part of the draw. Think it's mostly a snorkel cruise
The Hotels up north in South Kohala, oxymoron anyone, all have catamarans that take people out. The winds are more reliable and stronger up there which makes the sailing more exhilarating. Those cats are moored offshore
and often pull into the beach to load their clients. Call one of the hotels, Outrigger Waikoloa, Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea Hotels, they should have information on going out on those boats.