SportFishing and Charters Forum - Moving to Hawaii and Need Advice
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04-15-2011, 08:57 PM
Just got word that I'm moving to Hawaii. I'm leaving my family for a year until they can come over and My wife has given me the green light to get a bigger boat. My plan is to live on the boat for the year and possibly longer. My ceiling is 100k (financed) and it's going to need to sleep me, my wife, and two kids (2 and 5) for when they come over. I want something that I can take on trips to maui and sport fish on the weekends so the galley, AC, generator, hot water heater, shower, head are all a must--twin deisel engines preferable... I'm here to ask for some help deciding what I should get? I know there are some killer deals around but I'm hoping you all can lead me to a sound decision. I'm relatively new at all this and need some seasoned vet's help because I don't want to make a 100k mistake.
Thanks in advance.
04-16-2011, 07:36 AM
A 100k will not get u what u want. Try 150k
or more. Do ur shopping before u leave, and u
should have an idea of what u will be looking
at as far as price...
04-16-2011, 07:52 PM
The great thing about Hawaii is that you do not have to go very far to get to the "fishing grounds". That said, you don't need a big boat. You could get a place and a boat for that much. Small boat, small engines, big fish! But then again, it is Hawaii where real estate is high to begin with. Good luck.
04-17-2011, 01:14 AM
Boat prices aren't as cheap in Hawaii as they are on the mainland. Supply/demand/transport/etc keep prices higher there. Whatever you buy, you'll need to buy there.
You didn't say, but I'm guessing you're going to the big island. I like the recommendation above of renting a small place and either renting or chartering a boat until you get settled and know the area and fishing grounds.
I've spent quite a bit of time in Maui and have friends that live there. Cost of living is very expensive. You'll get sticker shock, so don't spent all of your nickels (or borrow them) before you set foot on the island.
04-17-2011, 03:15 AM
Cost of living in Hawaii is steep! I was stationed there in the Army and it was tough to leave post to do anything as it was very expensive. That being said, boats in the islands are very expensive as was previously mentioned because of limited supply and the expense of shipping boat there, that is factored into the cost. I fished a charter with a skipper in Kona who bought his boat in South Carolina I believe, trucked it to San Diego and then shipped it to Honolulu where he spent a month "putting it back together" and then ran it to Kona, it cost him damn near $100K to do all this.
I would search Yachtworld for Hawaii to see what is available and make a decison from there and check into the availablity of slips too, I don't know what that situation is like.
When I was in Kona in 2009, there was a beautiful 37 Merritt for sale business and all, lots of boats arent making it these days, hope that's changing. Good luck regardless, it's a great plan if you can make it happen!
Just got word that I'm moving to Hawaii. I'm leaving my family for a year until they can come over and My wife has given me the green light to get a bigger boat. My plan is to live on the boat for the year and possibly longer. My ceiling is 100k (financed) and it's going to need to sleep me, my wife, and two kids (2 and 5) for when they come over.
You want a $100k [financed] boat that you can live on with a family of 4? Just file for divorce before you leave, that'll save time. :)
04-17-2011, 03:02 PM
You want a $100k [financed] boat that you can live on with a family of 4? Just file for divorce before you leave, that'll save time.
It was her idea! Thanks for the advice thought ;-)
The Hat Island Pirate
04-20-2011, 02:22 PM
Moorage is hard to find and is extremely expensive.
04-20-2011, 07:59 PM
Im telling you.....small boat, decent house is the way to go.
04-20-2011, 10:07 PM
I really don't think you want to do a liveaboard in Hawaii. You've indicated that you have a 22 with a single, which may be a little small for Hawaii. I started with a 25, moved up to a 29 then a 31 and I now have a 34 and feel that 30 is about a minimum. It should have twins or the resale will suffer. My thought is that you should get your feet on the ground there and then decide what your boating choice should be. I am very happy with a center console, because I don't find a need for air conditioning and want the unobstructed fishing and visibility. What ever you buy, I think it should be on a trailer.
04-21-2011, 11:55 AM
Um, you're moving to Hawaii and asking us for advice? I think it should be the other way around....