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Annual charity boat auction set for August

An annual opportunity to buy an affordable boat while supporting a good cause returns at the annual Charity Boat Auction held on Aug. 31 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

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.

The museum’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,” says Mills. “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.”

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