Boat for Hawaii

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smckillfish
Mar 9, 2012
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Steve
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22' Hewes Sea Runner
Getting ready to move to Hawaii from Whidbey Is. WA, it looks like the used boat selection is pretty slim with a lot of recycled boats. I'm considering buying a boat on the mainland and shipping it or modifying my 22' Hewescraft searunner and shipping it there.
Any thoughts from my BD brothers?
 

FishinMcNuggets

Fishin fo' Nutrition!
Oct 25, 2010
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Hermosa Beach, CA
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Mike
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Avon 2.85 "C-¢"
I think the rationale for not having aluminum in the tropics is that it heats up in the sun and gets too hot to touch. Same factors could influence bait or fish storage if hold are uninsulated.
 

patnrex

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Jul 20, 2007
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Patrick
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26' Striper
I shipped my Seaswirl Striper 2601 to Maui, where it still is, about 2 years ago. It handles the seas here well. I fish and dive off it. There are some nice fishing boats made here in the islands. They are similar to the Radon and are built well though not very 'fancy" for the lack of a better description. But they work well at catching. Most have built in fish holds and outboards. They are pretty much a fiberglass shell with engines and the other necessities.

It cost me $7500 to ship my boat from Long beach on Matson. The process is easy and I had no issues. There is a limited selection of boats on the islands but if you wait and shop you may be able to get a good boat at a fair price. Boats do seem to bring a higher price than on the mainland due to limited availability.

On Maui there is very limited marina space and it is very expensive so plan on a trailerable boat. Check on storage fees if your property does not have space for your boat and trailer. The ramps are steep here so make sure your trailer can handle that as well. I don't see a lot of aluminum boats here for what it is worth. Other than a couple of the big charter scuba boats.

My suggestion would be to wait until you have been here at least several months and research the local waters and boat selection. Though shipping my boat was a good decision since it handles well here and was already paid off.

Good luck on your move, Aloha.
 

sbsurfer

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Feb 19, 2010
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29ft Radon - 15ft Hobie Power Skiff
Radon's are are very popular on the islands and worth a pretty penny over there. If you're up north you could find a decently priced one to take with you.
 

Vigilant32

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Nov 9, 2004
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This one is for Sale.. Several folks from Hawaii like Boston Whalers. Comes with full enclosures, forward cuddy cabin, removable rear seat, low hour fresh water Yamaha 225 < 320 hours.

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