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Salvage of Wrecked Boat at Hāna Bay Ongoing

May 9, 2016, 4:35 PM HST
* Updated May 9, 5:12 PM
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Hana Bay wreckage. Image credit: Kapena Kalama.

Hana Bay wreckage. Image credit: Kapena Kalama.

*Scroll down for video from Hāna Bay.

A 50′ sailboat that ran aground at Hāna Bay on Sunday, has since broken apart and debris continues to wash ashore, according to personnel with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The “Cebadora” vessel is owned by Devin Coverdale of Canada, and has British Columbia registration.  Authorities report that Coverdale remains on site actively removing debris as it washes ashore.

The vessel landed on the Waikoloa side of Hāna Bay approximately 150 to 200 feet from the nearest beach access on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

The 37,000 pound mostly fiberglass hull with a 7.5-foot draft, 4-foot free board and keel mounted aluminum mast is underwater but may still be connected to cables and chain plates, according to the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Maui district office.

Boat grounded in Hāna. (5.8.16) Photo Courtesy: Carl Bertelmann.

Boat grounded in Hāna. (5.8.16) Photo Courtesy: Carl Bertelmann.

DLNR officials say the hull is currently broken in half. The 17,000 pound modified keel 15′ (l) x 1′ (w) x 4′ (h) is believed to be separated from the hull.


Department officials say northeast winds with 3-foot swells will continue to break the vessel apart. The boat is equipped with an auxiliary 50 horsepower Yanmar inboard motor weighing an additional 550 pounds.


Maui boating staff will assess the remaining larger boat sections and debris field for further clean up by a salvage company, according to DLNR.

Following assessment today by the US Coast Guard and determination there was no recoverable oil and fuel from the vessel, Hāna Bay reopened at noon.

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