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Old 06-03-2015, 03:07 PM   #1
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Just scoping out to see how many Hawaii members are on this forum. I've been on Oahu for about 6 years now, started a family and looking for some local guidance on purchasing my first family friendly fishing boat.
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:01 PM   #2
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No but you can tell us what its like to be there.

Change the thread to I live in Hawaii so suck it!

How hard is it to get back and forth from the mainland?

Is your life that much different there?

How do you get around from island to island and do you pretty much stay in Oahu?
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:11 PM   #3
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No but you can tell us what its like to be there.

Change the thread to I live in Hawaii so suck it!

How hard is it to get back and forth from the mainland?

Is your life that much different there?

How do you get around from island to island and do you pretty much stay in Oahu?
Getting back to the mainland isn't that bad. I'm from MS originally, the plane tickets can be expensive but we did it last year for 900 a piece. West coast can go as low as 200 round trip.

Life here isn't that different, cost of living is high. Filled my truck up this morning at 3.20 a gallon for regular. Everything is expensive due to the shipping and freight to get it over here. I was browsing the classified section of the forum and there are some great deals on used boats in the main land. Seems like the boats out here is way more expensive, even used.

The company I used to work for would fly me from island to island for work. We travel now for leisure, usually by plane. There are sailing charters that travel to most islands though.
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Getting back to the mainland isn't that bad. I'm from MS originally, the plane tickets can be expensive but we did it last year for 900 a piece. West coast can go as low as 200 round trip.

Life here isn't that different, cost of living is high. Filled my truck up this morning at 3.20 a gallon for regular. Everything is expensive due to the shipping and freight to get it over here. I was browsing the classified section of the forum and there are some great deals on used boats in the main land. Seems like the boats out here is way more expensive, even used.

The company I used to work for would fly me from island to island for work. We travel now for leisure, usually by plane. There are sailing charters that travel to most islands though.
MS native as well from Biloxi.

Don't think i'll be making the move any time soon but its interesting to hear about.
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:25 PM   #5
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No ways! Small world. I'm from Meadville, outside of Mccomb. Are you still in Biloxi?
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Aloha hisalfi I live on oahu I am the proud owner of a 20 foot twinvee my family and I spend lots of time fishing and diving.I take it to Molokai a few times a year. I've lived here for 25 years had a boat the whole time feel free to ask anything you want.
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No ways! Small world. I'm from Meadville, outside of Mccomb. Are you still in Biloxi?
Left 15 years ago.

Family is still there but I don't care for it much anymore.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:52 AM   #8
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Left 15 years ago.

Family is still there but I don't care for it much anymore.
Same here
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Old 06-04-2015, 12:08 PM   #9
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Aloha hisalfi I live on oahu I am the proud owner of a 20 foot twinvee my family and I spend lots of time fishing and diving.I take it to Molokai a few times a year. I've lived here for 25 years had a boat the whole time feel free to ask anything you want.
Aloha biggnorm! I haven't been able to go to Molokai yet. My fiance went a few times last summer with her job.

How does your TV handle the channel between Oahu and Molokai? I've searched a few boats on Molokai and Maui and always wondered how and if it was possible to cruise it back.

I went to the windward dealer and took a look at the 18' Tern Cat. Really nice boat, but I can't spend 35k on a boat, over budget by about 25 grand. haha I'd rather learn these waters in something a little lighter on the wallet anyways.

Any suggestions on beginner boat for these waters and where to look would be greatly appreciated. I really like the cat design but it seems that most hang onto them. Anything over 14 is hard to find. I like to fish and dive, don't necessarily need to cruise interisland yet, although it would be great!
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Hisalfi the 20 tv handles pretty good my previous boat was a 18 whaler . I just rebuild the entire hull last year. I think craigslist is your best bet for a local used boat but I know people who have saved a lot of cash by buying in California and shipping to HI. The tern cat is really nice looking hull I really like the 23 footer.
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I look at craigslist almost every day, obsessed I know. Windward has a 99 19' WellCraft. Looks like it has a breech right above the waterline on the port side. http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/bod/5055657709.html
and needs a good bottom clean and paint.

You wouldnt happen to know what shipping company they used would you? I check Matson's site didn't see anything on boats, I'm sure they will ship one though.
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I'm not sure of the shipping company my friends used but I think your dollar will stretch farther on the mainland.that boat at windward looks like a money pit and windward will push anything out there gate.I've bought 2 boats from them and even the brand-new one had problems.
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Thanks for the info, I hear a lot of back and forth about 808 and windward. I guess it really depends on the techs and not the salesmen at the dealers.
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howzit i just joined just got a wellcraft also from a friend. went out to the sandbar this weekend was super nice. i am new to boating. be carefull when boating in the bay lots of coral head pop ups
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Howzit hsemitara! This forum is really good. One of the best that I've seen on the interwebs. Got any pics of your boat?
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The reason boat prices are less on the mainland are no shipping fees, more brokers and u-sales,and way more inventory.A boat in the 20 to 24 ft. Will cost 10K +to ship it. We moved to Kauila Kona last year,been boating in the Pacific N.W. For over 40 years.
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I would also love a little advice on the hunt for the right all around 21 ft boat for Hawaii waters. Def looking for something that can handle open water and get the family around in relative comfort. What choices should I be considering? Budget is somewhere in the 30's?
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The only choices here are Craig's list,,dock walking,,or local boat builder,...most local builders boats I've seen are built for fishing ,small cuddy cabin rest is all open deck w/large fish box along centerline,guess they could modify lay out.? I think a 21 ft. Would be fine....if your going to be out all day fishing or what.? you might want think about a place(head) for the kids/wife to do their business.
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Had a 14' Livingston when I lived there, we ran it hard and beat the bajesus out of it, had it in surf that looking back was stupid, even off shore, but we were young and invincible. It was a bad ass little boat, with a 25hp two stroke. Lived in K-Bay Yacht Club, launched out of there for the sandbar and kekepa island almost daily. Big sharks in that bay!
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great advice. I don't know that I need 21 feet, but I was just thinking that would give me a little more stability when out of the bay. My hope would be to get folks out on the big water...if possible...once in awhile for the possibility of whale spotting and diving off my own boat. I would love that. There will not be whole day off shore fishing trips on the docket for some time given the age of my kids. I just don't want to have to buy and sell every time my needs change a little. I would also love to be able to do channel crossing for camping at Molokai...again, if possible. I know the water can be very dangerous out there and I won't risk my life for much anymore...too much on the line.
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