CBMM’s annual Charity Boat Auction is Saturday

If You Go

What: Charity Boat Auction

When: Early admission, 8 a.m.; live auction, 1 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels

Tickets: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $5; after 1:30 p.m., $13 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children 6 to 17; free for children under 6 and museum members


Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:00 am


CBMM’s annual Charity Boat Auction is Saturday

ST. MICHAELS — Buy an affordable boat and support a good cause at the annual Charity Boat Auction Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The live auction will start at 1 p.m. along the museum’s waterfront campus, with all the proceeds benefiting the children and adults the museum serves.


For 16 years, Labor Day weekend has meant great deals on boats for boating aficionados and first-time boat buyers alike. This year, more than 90 boats — ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers and everything in between — will be auctioned off to the highest bidders until all boats are sold. Beer and barbecue also will be on sale throughout this lively event.

CBMM’s Boat Donations Program Manager Lad Mills takes donations and resells boats throughout the year, holding aside some of his inventory for the annual auction. Mills travels up and down the East Coast, working with boat owners and potential buyers wishing to support the museum through boat donations and sales.

“The revenue generated by the auction goes directly to help the museum do work like maintaining its fleet of historic vessels,” Mills said. “Let us take an unused or unwanted boat off your hands, and you can receive a nice tax deduction. Each donated boat helps the museum do great things for the people we serve.”

Returning to the auction this year is a flea market-style tag sale, to be held on the Fogg’s Cove side of the CBMM campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors will be able to purchase a variety of boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope or chain, ladders, fishing tackle and motors.

A selection of the boats to be auctioned by the museum can be viewed by following the “Donate or Buy a Boat” link at www.cbmm.org. Boat sales are ongoing throughout the year, with all auction boats subject to sale prior to the auction. The vessels also will be available for inspection at the museum several days prior to the auction.

Advance bids can be called in to 410-745-4941 until noon Friday. On Saturday, the campus gates will open at 8 a.m., with early admission at $5 per person until 1:30 p.m. After 1:30, admission returns to the regular daily rates of $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 17. Children under 6 and museum members will be admitted free.

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