HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The top of the mast visible above the waves leads down to what's left of a 25-foot sailboat. The shoreline at the mouth of the Ala Wai channel is littered with its debris.
"We have pieces of the hull of the boat. We have the rudder, a water can, and a big portion of the boat that washed up on the shore," said Meghan Statts, Oahu District Manager with the State's Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.
She said the state's investigating the sunken vessel as a boating accident. Statts said paperwork names the owner as a Kevin Ogino.
"There's some discrepancies on who may or may not be the owner, in his eyes," she said.
The confusion is because Ogino's business partner said he owns the sailboat.
"Yes it is my boat," Eric Dyberg said.
Dyberg said he bought the vessel from Ogino eight months ago. He said it was anchored off Magic Island when a swell on Sunday sank it.
"It was for sale. It was on the market, and we had interest in it. So that's what we were doing. I was going to anchor it out where you see other boats anchored out past the buoys," he said.
Salvaging the boat is only part of the problem. Statts said before it sank, the vessel was illegally docked at Keehi small boat harbor.
"The enforcement branch could issue a citation for the boat that was illegally moored off shore," she said. "Any damage that might be done to the reef, that's something still yet to be determined."
Dyberg said he wants to remove the boat from the channel.
"It was a situation caused by myself. It's a situation that I want to correct," he said.
If the state has to do it, it will hire a contractor and bill the owner.
"That can go from $10,000, $20,000, $30,000. Unfortunately, in these emergency situations we're not going to know because the vessel is submerged," Statts said.
Records show the sailboat is not insured.