Life in Keehi Lagoon
07 April 2013
if unique is what you seek....
The State run marina mooring buoys are certainly affordable -- the charge for the boat was only $27.21 for 12 days! But, they charge the same "stay aboard" fee as the Ala Wai -- $2 per person per day -- which brought our 12 day stay to $80.21 (with their $5 processing fee). Still a pretty good deal.
And that accounts for the collection of strange craft you'll see. There are boats of all conditions -- some with people on board and some just sitting out here. And, as in the Ala Wai there are some creative "boats" providing an inexpensive living space for someone. They seem to build a floating platform and then just build up from there -- one seems to be half of an old air stream travel trailer put on floats! We'll go for a row around the anchorage and get some good pics and I'll post them soon.
The thing that is so odd that these derelicts are here and in the Ala Wai is that they require inspections every 6 months -- we had to pass the inspections and do a buoy run to show the boat was in running condition before we could go into the Ala Wai -- even though we'd just sailed in from Tahiti when we got here. But it seems they have trouble enforcing the rules for some of the boats that have been sitting in slips or buoys, because even though all the law abiding citizens have to jump through all the hoops, there are plenty of these "boats" that seem to slip through the cracks. So it makes for a very interesting neighborhood indeed.