HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state recently impounded the Navatek II for back rent. It’s a sad turn for ship that was a pioneer in the maritime industry and was featured in several Hollywood movies.
It now sits in the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor in disrepair.
“It’s a rundown, dilapidated old boat,” said longtime Waikiki resident Dave Moskowitz. “It’s an eyesore. It’s listing heavily to the starboard side. It’s basically sinking.”
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said it impounded the ship last month because its mainland owners owe $16,000 in mooring fees.
The DLNR said it’s in the process of hiring a company to tow the vessel to the Keehi Small Boat Harbor.
City Councilmember and former state Harbors Division chief Mike Formby said the boat was considered innovative by the maritime industry when it was first launched.
He said the ship’s twin hulls on reduced wave impact. That made it easy to conduct dinner and whale watching cruises in Hawaii’s relatively rough waters.
“In 1989 when that technology came out it was revolutionary and it still is," Formby said.
The ship was designed by high-tech ship builder Navatek Inc. which sold the boat more than a decade ago.
It’s been largely out of commission since then and requires millions of dollars in repairs.