February 20, 2023

Sunseeker Aground in Honolua Bay Hawaii

A 28 meter Sunseeker super yacht titled m/y Nakoa ended aground in Honolua Bay, on the island of Maui, Hawaii at 06:45 hours of Monday 20 February morning.  The yacht reportedly broke its mooring lines as it was preparing to leave the bay.  Nakoa was also reported pumping out some fuel discharge in the protected area, a day later, also because the bilge pumps where left on.  Since then the bilge pumps has been turned off by the crew.  The company which owns Nakoa, Noelani Yacht Charters who also operates another smaller 23 meter Sunseeker said the accident was not due to negligence but unfortunate circumstances.  
After a couple of salvage operation attempts, Nakoa was removed from the area on Sunday March fifth, only for the operation to be a bad success with the yacht sinking during towing in a depth of 300 meters a couple nautical miles away from where it grounded. 
Nakoa is a 2004 Sunseeker 94 Yacht, a model produced from 2002 to 2006 to a Don Shead design.  The Sunseeker 94 Yacht offers a four double cabins lower deck with two crew cabins, and was powered by Cat of MTU 1800hp engines.  Sunseeker build thirteen 94 Yacht with the model replaced by the 90 Yacht in 2006.

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