On Sunday the Honolulu Star-Advertiser is scheduled to publish a legal notice from the state’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.

It will announce a public auction of five impounded vessels from the Ala Wai and Keehi Small Boat Harbors on Oahu.

Bidders, according to a press release Thursday from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, “must appear in person” at the June 28 auction, which be held at the DOBOR District Office at 4 Sand Island Access Road beginning at 9 a.m.

The Navatek II at the Ala Wai.

DLNR

The vessels to be auctioned are these:

  • 1994, 85-foot-long Catamaran (Skye aka Navatek II), minimum bid upset price: $20,000
  • unknown year, 22-foot-long Panga (Japanese tsunami marine debris), minimum bid upset price: $500
  • 1994, 60-foot-long Trimaran (L’Hydroptere), minimum bid upset price: $8,000
  • 1982, 44-foot-long Trawler (Malama Kai), minimum bid upset price: $5,000
  • 1977, 37-foot-long sailing vessel/sloop (Ki‘ihele), minimum bid upset price: $5,000

All of the boats will be sold in “as is and where is” condition, says DLNR, “with no warranties or guarantees. With the exception of the Navatek II, all of the vessels must be removed from state property within three days of sale.”

The winning bidder for the Navatek II has 30 days in which to remove the large vessel from land at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, and DOBOR says it is willing to work with the successful bidder “in accomplishing the removal.”

Proceeds from the auction will go to the State Boating Special Fund, the only source of funding for small boat harbor operations, maintenance and repair.

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