Dozens of impounded boats at state harbors
Unwanted boats are filling up some of Oahu's state harbors. There are dozens of impounded boats taking up slips and costing the state money.
Unwanted boats are filling up some of Oahu's state harbors.
There are dozens of impounded boats taking up space and costing the state money.
One of the first sights you see as you look over the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor is the former Navatek ship. The 85 foot long vessel is listing badly to one side.
It is not only halfway submerged but it has also impounded by the state.
one of 30 in Hawaii's harbors.
"It is something we deal with on a continuous basis, most of those boats are here on Oahu," said DLNR Boating Division Administrator Ed Underwood.
From old sailboats, to large engine powered craft.
The state has seized boats belonging to owners who have not paid required fees.
Then notices are pasted on the delinquent boats.
"It needs to have something done with them. You can't just put placards on them and leave them...that one has been there over 2 years," said Ala Wai boater Susan Ray.
Owners are no longer allowed onboard once the state impounds, which means the boats are left to languish in the elements or even allowed to sink below the surface.
According to boaters, the notices don't stop others from sneaking aboard and even living there.
"We got chronic people who live around this harbor, police come in and say you have to go," stated Triggs.
"We know there are people on the boats all the time without permission. We have reports that come into us and we take action whenever we can, but it is a never ending battle addressing that," added Underwood.
Impounded boats create more than just an eye sore for the harbor, they also cost the state money.
"Those slips with the impounded boats, if the state would empty them, it could make some money," said Triggs.
But Underwood said that is bot the case. Even if the state cleared out the impounded boats, it couldn't still couldn't rent out the slips...at least, not just yet.
"There is a big demand for slip space, but what we run into every other year is Transpac is on the way. We have to make slip space available for boats coming over for the Transpac race," stated Underwood.
He said before the race, all the impounded boats will be put up for auction.
Vessels not worth more than $5,000 will be destroyed, then dumped at the landfill.
30 unwanted and impounded boats sounds like a lot, but according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the state impounds about 70 boats each year.