Ailing Navatek still hasn’t been removed months after it was dragged ashore

Ailing Navatek still hasn’t been removed months after it was dragged ashore


MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS AFTER IT WAS IMPOUNDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES, THE PROBLEMATIC NAVATEK CATAMARAN IS STILL SITTING ON A GRASS LOT AT THE ALA WAI SMALL BOAT HARBOR. JENN BONEZA HAS MORE ON THE EYESORE. JENN? JENN: THE DILAPITATED VESSEL IS A HUGE PROBLEM. THE LONGER IT SITS AT THE ENTRYWAY TO WAIKIKI THE MORE FRUSTRATED RESIDENTS GET. AND THE PEOPLE WHO WILL ULTIMATELY PAY THE PRICE, ARE THE RESIDENTS IN THE HARBOR WHO TELL ME, THAT THE NAVATEK SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ALLOWED IN, IN THE FIRST PLACE. GORDON WOOD, ALA WAI SMALL BOAT HARBOR RESIDENT: ” I PERSONALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT GONE. IT DOESN’T BELONG IN THE HARBOR IT HAS NEVER BELONGED IN THE HARBOR .” DAVID MOSKOWITZ, WAIKIKI RESIDENT: “NOTHING GETS DONE IT JUST SITS THERE, I GUESS ITS A DOOR STOP FOR WAIKIKI.” THE AILING 85-FOOT NAVATEK CATAMARAN, ALSO CALLED SKYE, HAS COME TO REST ACROSS FROM THE HAWAII PRINCE HOTEL AT THE ALA WAI SMALL BOAT HARBOR. IN THE LAST WEEK, THE VESSEL’S BASE WAS TAGGED WITH GRAFFITI. YET ANOTHER SYMBOL OF NEGLECT. THE STATE PAID $35 THOUSAND TO PULL IT ASHORE IN MAY AFTER IT BEGAN TO SINK. THE BOAT WAS DEEMED UN-SEAWORTHY AND THE OWNER MIRACLEI LLC WAS PAST DUE $16,000 IN MOORING FEES THE STATE AUCTIONED IT IN JUNE, BUT THAT PLAN FAILED. GORDON WOOD, ALA WAI SMALL BOAT HARBOR RESIDENT: “THEY TRIED TO AUCTION IT, WITH A BASE PRICE OF 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND NOBODY BID ON IT BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT IT, ITS GOING TO COST WAY MORE THAN THAT JUST TO GET IT OUT OF THIS HARBOR.” THE PRICE TAG FOR REMOVAL WON’T BE CHEAP. AND BECAUSE THE ALA RECREATIONAL HARBOR, THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE ARE THE ONES WHO WILL ULTIMATELY PAY FOR IT. GORDON WOOD: “THE RECREATIONAL HARBORS ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY TAX MONEYS AT ALL. THEY’RE SUPPORTED ENTIRELY BY THE MOORING FEES THAT WE PAY FOR OUR BOATS. AND SO THE MONEY THAT WENT TO HAUL THAT BOAT OUT OF THE WATER CAME FROM OUR MOORING FEES RATHER THAN GOING BACK INTO MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HARBOR. THAT REALLY DISTURBS ME.” JENN: “PEOPLE TELL ME THEY’VE EVEN SEEN PEOPLE RUMMAGING I’VE SEEN IT MULTIPLE TIMES.” DAVID MOSKOWITZ: “I THINK PERHAPS EVERYTHING THAT’S BEEN STOLEN THAT CAN BE STOLEN SHORT OF PERHAPS ANY KIND OF COPPER WIRING HAS BEEN TAKEN, IS JUST THE SHELL OF A BOAT.” DRIVING DOWN THE VALUE OF THE BOAT EVEN FURTHER. MOSKOWITZ SAYS HE HAS A SINKING FEELING THE PROBLEM WON’T BE RESOLVED ANY TIME SOON DAVID: ” I THINK IT WILL BE HERE FOR YEARS.” JENN: I REACHED OUT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES. THEY DECLINED TO COMMENT AT THIS TIME. I’LL FOLLOW UP AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. SAM

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