Video: Mass. Maritime Academy 2013 Boat Sale Preview


Check out some of the great pre-owned sailboats, powerboats, dinghies, skiffs, outboards, trailers and more that are up for grabs at the 2013 sealed-bid auction and boat sale held by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA). The sale will take place November 23 and 24 at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (Otis Air Force Base) in Bourne on Cape Cod.

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, dinghies, inflatables and sportfishermen, as well as engines, trailers and other assorted marine equipment.
As MMA’s Yacht & Boat Donation Program Director Chuck Fontaine explains, 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.

During the 2-day auction, bidders can examine the boats and then submit a sealed bid, 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 on the auction go to 2013 Sealed Bid Sale.

To view the entire listing of boats, go to Maritime Boat Inventory.

Tom Richardson at Mass Maritime's auction site.
Tom Richardson at Mass Maritime’s auction site.