remains the most likely place to find a slip or permanent mooring. The state marina in Keehi Lagoon
has been largely rebuilt after the tsunami damage. A year ago, the waiting list for a 35'-40' slip was quite short, Was offered a slip in less than a year on the list but chose to stay in Kona so turned it down. The State handles the mooring field in Keehi Lagoon but don't know what the availability is. A number of boats were damaged/sunk by the Tsunami and the State has been desultorily trying to weed out the junk so there may be some availability. You can try and buy the lease
on LaMarianna Sailing Club and guarantee yourself a slip in Keehi. There is another private marina in Keehi run by the boatyard, I think. Don't know anything about it. Ko'olina to the southwest end of Oahu usually has slips available but it's quite expensive, in the $20 plus a foot range. A bit of a drive to get into Honolulu proper if you are needing to find a job and can't find one in the area. Have had my name in for a 35'-40' slip in the Alawai in Waikiki for going on 4 years. Word is it will take a couple more years before our name comes up. Kaneohe has private slips available occasionally. Someone has been advertising a 45' slip recently.
The Ka'anapali Coast (Lahaina, etc) is a year around anchorage with reservations. It's an open roadstead with somewhat regular high wave conditions. Cannot leave a boat indefinitely unattended as you may have to move out or monitor anchor
lines when the big waves roll in. Check with the state for requirements for long term anchoring/mooring.
The Kona Coast is also suitable for long term anchoring
but it's also all open roadstead with more chance of bigger and more frequent waves. Kailua Bay is a state controlled mooring field. Not many boats out there but don't know if they'll let you put down a mooring. Have been up and down the coast recently and see many little bites that look to be inviting anchorages
. These are mostly remote
and very inconvenient to get to towns, etc. There are 3 or 4 boats in Puako Bay that look like they've been there awhile. It's a relatively convenient location for landing a dinghy
but 20 miles from Costco and the 'Big City' of Kailua-Kona. Don't know whether they are on the hook or a mooring. Once again, check with the state for restrictions to long term anchoring/mooring. You should be able to find a slip in Honokohau Harbor on a transient basis. 3 months in any calendar year with the ability to get you through the winter with continuous rental from October through the following March. That would allow you to get the through the high wave season till the more benign anchoring
conditions become a possibility. There are at least two boats here doing that almost every year and vacant slips for more.
Gentry Marina has long term storage
but availability is seasonal. A few cruising boats haul out
to spend the winter while they go back home and then launch in the spring to go on their way. You've got to time your arrival and departure to get one of those spaces. IIRC, the spaces aren't cheap
, about $10 a foot which is more than an in the water
slip though tenancy is open ended. There are boats that have been in the storage
yard for decades. Officially, you can't work on your boat in the storage area or live aboard. Have heard that someone gutted the interior
of their boat and rebuilt it while in the storage yard but they must have been very low key to get away with it. The Gentry Management will try and rip you off if they can. Make sure you read the lease
documents and get everything in writing before the boat is hauled. Goes for a yard haul out
as well. Gentry is just a haul out facility with independent contractors providing any work that you may need help with. My experience with these contractors has been excellent and they can provide almost any help you may need from bottom painting to building a boat from scratch.