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Overstock sealed-bid boat auction set for April

In continued support of its charity boat auction program, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is holding its very first sealed-bid boat auction.

Due to a large number of recent boat donations, up to 20 in-the-water boats — ranging in size and performance from cabin cruisers and sport fisherman to sailing yachts — will be auctioned off to each boat’s highest bidder.

The boats will be available to preview at the museum beginning on Thursday, April 28, and continuing during museum hours until all sealed bids are due at noon on Sunday, May 1. The museum’s daily hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in April and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in May.

“We’re in the wonderful situation of having recently received in donation an overwhelming number of in-the-water boats, for which we lack the space to dock them,” boat donation program manager Lad Mills said. “So we’re looking to find good homes for them to make room for our summer marina guests, as well as future donations."

A suggested value will be provided for each boat. Sealed bids will be opened on, May 2, with all successful bidders then notified of their purchases. Auctioned boats are sold as is, and must be removed from the museum’s docks no later than 4 p.m. on May 7. The museum will process all taxes and the transfer of title and registration for each successful bidder. 

Proceeds from both events benefit the children and adults served by the non-profit museum.

The list of available boats, along with additional details and official rules for the auction can be found at or by contacting Lad Mills at (410) 745-4942 or or Todd Taylor at or (410) 745-4990.

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