Video: Mass Maritime Academy 2011 Boat Sale Preview


Check out some of the great used sail and powerboats up for grabs at the 2011 sealed-bid auction held by Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s (MMA) boat donation program. The sale will take place this November 19 and 20 at the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod.

SAT map of location.

The reservation is where the Academy stores the many boats obtained over the previous year through the school’s boat-donation program. The collection includes sailboats, center consoles, walkarounds, runabouts, skiffs and sportfishermen, as well as engines, trailers and other assorted marine equipment.

When I visited the reservation in early November, I found everything from Beetle Cats to Bertrams, Cape Dorys to Chris Crafts. Many were in excellent condition, while others would make great project boats. In fact, I was sorely tempted to make a bid myself!

Lots of great sailboats will be up for bid at the MMA sale. Photo by ## Tom Richardson##

MMA’s Yacht & Boat Donation Program Director Chuck Fontaine explained that owners who donate their boats and other marine equipment receive several benefits. Chief among them are:

  • Tax Benefits: MMA is a charitable organization, and donated items receive a tax deduction. The amount depends on how the donated item is used or what it sells for at the auction.
  • Financial freedom from the costs of boat maintenance and storage. Also, if MMA accepts the donation, it will pick up and transport the boat.
  • Satisfaction from knowing the boat itself or the proceeds are being used to educate young men and women.
This 28 Bertram could be a steal at an asking price of $16K. Photo by ## Tom Richardson##

For buyers, the sale is an opportunity to get a great deal. During the 2-day auction, bidders can examine the boats and then submit a sealed bid, which must be accompanied by a deposit. MMA reserves the right to reject low bids based on the assessed value of the item, but often negotiates with the highest bidder to arrive a satisfactory price.

For more information on the Mass Maritime Academy’s boat donation program, watch the video here or go to Mass Maritime Boat Donation Program.

For a list of all the boats and marine equipment up for auction, including model years and assessed values, go to Mass Maritime Boat Auction Inventory.

For directions to the auction site at the MA Military Reservation:

Mass Maritime Auction Directions


The MMA inventory also features several small sailboats, such as this Beetle Cat. Photo by ## Tom Richardson##


A few of the powerboats for sale at the MMA storage yard. Photo by ## Tom Richardson##


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