The Hawaiian Islands, 2,300 miles off
California, are notorious for their lack of
overnight anchorages offering shelter to
boats from gusty trade winds, but they
were once also noted for a lack of available boat slips. That latter problem has
been rectified recently, and now marinas
around Oahu are able to welcome visiting
boats as well as 70 Pacific Cup racers from
ago, we sailed to
Hawaii and then
couldn’t get a slip,”
said Jim Benitez,
of San Francisco.
“Trying to provision and make
repairs from an anchorage was a nightmare.” Until three years ago, environmental restrictions prevented the few existing
marinas from extending breakwaters or
increasing slips, and it also meant new
marinas couldn’t be dredged.
Ko Olina Marina was one of the first
exceptions. Built 10 years ago to serve a
vacation resort, the basin on Oahu’s southwest corner was dredged in World War II,
as Barbers Point Harbor. Since marina-construction technologies have improved
and conformed to Hawaii’s strict laws, marinas and yacht clubs
have been able to expand.
Pacific Cup sailors set off from San Francisco in the middle
of July, finishing off Diamond Head about July 27. Sponsor
Kaneohe Yacht Club couldn’t house them all, so other marinas
and clubs on Oahu are welcoming them as well.
For those thinking of visiting by boat, it’s worth noting that
Hawaii’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation requires
all boats to be registered in the islands and all boat owners to
have taken a safe-boating course, such as the Foundation’s free
online course at www.BoatUS.org. Go to http://dlnr.hawaii.
gov/dobar for additional information. — PATRICIA RAINS
Where to Seek
a Slip on Oahu?
>> Kaneohe Yacht
>> Ala Wai Small
>> Wai Kiki
>> Ke Walo Basin
>> Hilton Lagoon
>> Ke’ehi State
>> Mariana Marina
>> Ke’ehi Marine
>> Ko Olina Marina
Ko Olina Marina wears a rainbow at sunrise. Ko Olina was one of the first new marinas
to be built on Oahu; the U.S. Navy first dredged the basin during World War II.
Florida is leading the way in sales of used boats and traffic at boat shows, according to several reports. In April, the 34th annual Suncoast
Boat Show in Sarasota was the largest since 2001,
and the Miami International Boat Show, despite the
challenge of moving to its new location on Virginia
Key, saw increased attendance of 4 percent over the
Nationwide, according to a March report released
by Statistical Surveys, the sales of used boats via
yacht brokerages was up 10 percent, boosted by
boat-show traffic and general optimism about the
economy. Small-to-midsize fiberglass boats were
the top sellers, with a gain of 16. 9 percent nationally, and aluminum pontoons were the top gainer
percentage-wise, rising 28 percent nationally. Sales
of aluminum fishing boats climbed 22. 2 percent.
Florida also led the nation in brokerage sales,
with 2,999 boats sold in March, followed by Texas,
with 2,095 sales. — MELANIE NEALE
BOAT SALES RISE IN FLORIDA