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 Post subject: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:59 pm 
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Most of us Hawaii "locals" prefer to steer clear of Waikiki - and for good reason, but when you decide to head offshore, it's one of the nicest areas you will ever see. Due to a sudden change of plans recently, we were "stuck" sailing there - off Waikiki and Diamond Head.

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My pal Gary had originally invited me aboard his TI for a day of fishing the deep water outside Kaneohe Bay, on the other side of Oahu. It's a fantastic place to live and a sailing mecca. Sleepy and uncrowded, most of the time. Like this:

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But there was a MAJOR fishing tournament starting that morning, shortly after sunrise on the full mood weekend. The place was overflowing with 20-30 ft plus fishing boats. Big rigs with serious trailers in tow. There was NO parking anywhere.

Our original plan a bust, we had headed to town, where the tourists hang out.

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Driving over the mountain to town, we found the Ala Wai boat ramp totally unused and we took our time setting up. Things were looking up. There was still time to do a little offshore fishing and test the boat's balance relative to some planned modifications.

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After threading through all the half million dollar boats and liveaboards, you cross the popular surf spots and quickly find deep water.

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(UPDATE - A couple days ago, the south shore was hit with a late summer storm swell that peaked well over 12 feet. This channel was closed to boats and even surfers were taking a pounding out there. It ripped the huge channel marker off its anchor and tossed it ashore..)

Some beautiful, drool worthy boats sail from this area, It's also where TRANSPAC racing yachts from California cross the finish line.

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Sailing a little to the west, you will cross Honolulu harbor (our main commercial channel) where you'll encounter a lot of traffic, from container ships to coast guard cutters to cruise liners. Unfortunately, you'll also see dive boats and paragliding excursions choking the area.

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Little plastic yachts don't want to hang around here too long.

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Beating against the wind and waves we soon found ourselves off Diamond Head.

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From here, you can continue along the coast to Kahala and Hawaii Kai. But it's a much nicer sail coming back, riding swells with the wind at your back.

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We are in over 1000 feet of water here, though it may not seem it. Still no fishies, so we decide to open her up a little and blow off some steam on the downwind run.

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And here's a video link of what that was like:

http://gallery.me.com/huipro#100109/DSCF4595trimtest&bgcolor=black

So if you ever get the chance to head offshore at Waikik, jump on a snorkel boat or a dinner cruise. It's an amazing site, even for couple jaded locals. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:52 pm 
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We were there for 10 days in July/Aug, stayed right at Waikiki Beach. Tried to find an AI or TI to borrow or rent but no luck. We did take the big catamaran (Spirit of Aloha) from the Hilton. It was a lot of fun, spectacular scenery.

You are blessed, bruda, Oahu is paradise!

Thanks for the fantastic photo tour.

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:16 am 
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Great shots NOHUHU. Tough life mate. It's always good to see how the other 1/2 rough it.

Can that water get any bluer ?

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:18 am 
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I'm with Slaughter.
Very hard life :D
I would love to go fishing and never catch a fish is I was on My TI in such a magnificent area :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:34 am 
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Paul67 wrote:
I'm with Slaughter.
Very hard life :D
I would love to go fishing and never catch a fish is I was on My TI in such a magnificent area :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
That's how it's been for me, great sailing in a great place, but no fish dumb enough to get caught by me in a while. But, I complain with a smile on my face.

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:23 am 
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Mahalo mates. I posted this in the summertime so I would not get too much hate mail. ('Cept from downunder)

Having the Hobie does "force" you to get out and see some awesome sights, eh?

I guess I have it pretty good. But I can't help but think,

"If only I was retired, owned a TI on Maui, and had a beautiful wife who can sew sprayguards. Then life would be good...".

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:26 pm 
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Paul67 wrote:
I'm with Slaughter.
Very hard life :D
I would love to go fishing and never catch a fish is I was on My TI in such a magnificent area :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Never say never! (Yesterday)

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:20 am 
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Congrats, what is it?

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:46 am 
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Awesome fish. When it comes up fresh, you can almost see yourself in its sides.

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:18 pm 
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Whats the story on the boat registration decals on that red TI? I guess it was you guys that I saw on Sunday as we were approaching flat island for lunch.
Aloha, Kevin
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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:18 pm 
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Wasn't us, Tiki. Missed you - I was on my red AI, a couple miles offshore.

Nice job anchoring in the lee of flat island. Most folks drag there plastic up on that sharp lava.

This TI is registered, along with a trailer so they are eligible to use any state boat ramp, and can utilize trailer parking.

Damn- trailers are nice!

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:58 pm 
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Slaughter wrote:
Great shots NOHUHU. Tough life mate. It's always good to see how the other 1/2 rough it.

Can that water get any bluer ?

Or greener! Still amazes me. This from yesterday,..

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
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Our water is greener than that..........but only when the algae kicks in. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: WAIKIKI OR BUST
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:13 am 
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Nice pics. No doubt: it's a beautiful place. I wish some day... thanks for sharing it

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