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Aloha From Hawaii

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alawaiorion
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Your Vessel Info: We have lived aboard for 17 years on a Celestial 48 with our cat here in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Aloha From Hawaii

Unread postby alawaiorion » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:19 pm

Aloha!
My husband and I (and our cat) have lived aboard our Celestial 48 Ketch for 17 years. We currently are moored at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor in Waikiki. It took us 6 years on the waiting list to get moorage here and another year to get live aboard status. Both of us had prior boating experience and neither of us decided to live aboard because it was cheaper than living on land - which it certainly isn't. We opted to sell our house and downsize and haven't regretted it (okay maybe that tsunami in 2010 was a bit disconcerting and the occasional hurricane warning cramps our style but other than that it's good).
We aren't cruisers and have no desire to be - we call ourselves live aboard day sailors. Both of us still work (I'm a writer and my husband is an architect) and have obligations here that make lengthy cruising a non-option. But we love life aboard. There are lots of opportunities to sail and I've helped crew boats back to the mainland when it fits in my schedule.
We both hope to be living aboard for many more years...
I find it interesting to read forums like this and many times yearn to answer questions...
i.e. NO it is NOT cheaper than living on land - well I guess if you don't maintain your boat and forego insurance maybe it can be, but it bites you in the B*** down the line. It is a LOT of work but to us it is well worth it. Getting moorage in Hawaii is extremely difficult and takes years of planning and being on waiting lists. Temporary permits are available but after 4 months you have to move on and there are few places to go to. It's a shame there are not more marinas here as this state offers lots of great sailing but tourism drives the economy here.
Anyway I am open to questions!

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Re: Aloha From Hawaii

Unread postby CaptForce » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:22 pm

Welcome to the community, Life aboard in Hawaii sounds quite different that what we have been accustomed to in North Florida. We've visited Hawaii and found it beautiful; however, I understand the limited opportunity and expense for live aboard slips. It was our observation that life was cheaper aboard than ashore yet we were not cutting any corners with vessel care and maintenance,- 'just a different consequence of location and what's available. Please keep us posted of your adventures. It does us well to have more members in exotic places!
Take care and joy, Aythya crew

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alawaiorion
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Joined: Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:48 pm
Your Vessel Info: We have lived aboard for 17 years on a Celestial 48 with our cat here in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Re: Aloha From Hawaii

Unread postby alawaiorion » Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:16 pm

Mahalo!!
And yes...other places on the mainland are cheaper especially for boat repairs!
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Re: Aloha From Hawaii

Unread postby tex » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:25 am

You’re living in paradise but, alas, consequences and responsibilities sure seem to keep one grounded in reality. So good to have you here to tell it the way it is and be our Hawaiian reference.

What kind of additional utility costs like water & electric would one find for a live-aboard of your size there?
When life is hard, eat marshmallows!

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