Buy or Donate a Boat
Donate a boat to support educational programs. Donated, seaworthy boats of all shapes and sizes continue to help fund the many educational displays and programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) on the banks of the Miles River in St. Michaels, Maryland. The museum’s well-managed boat donation program offers buyers an opportunity to purchase well-priced vessels donated by former owners who can take advantage of a tax break. Volunteers, along with the three-person team of Todd Taylor, Josh Mills and Karen Walpole, make the process of donating and purchasing a boat as smooth as possible. In most cases, the museum can arrange transportation if you’re donating your boat. Photos of boats available for purchase are online and may be seen at the museum or at an offsite storage location. CBMM accepts and sells all types of craft year-round and also organizes an annual charity boat auction held the Saturday of each Labor Day weekend at the museum. cbmm.org
Chantilly’s the Place
The region’s indoor show season is winding down this month with the National Capital Boat Show at the Dulles Expo Center, March 9–11, in Chantilly, Virginia. The show covers nearly 150,000 square feet of indoor space and features dealers, services and merchants from throughout the Virginia and Maryland markets.
Boat types displayed include runabouts, saltwater fishing boats, bass boats, ski boats,
pontoon boats, deck boats, jet boats, PWCs, and motor yachts. Exhibits include boat lifts,
floating docks, marine electronics, water sports, and safety equipment. Many salty experts will be on hand to answer questions about marinas, financing, insurance, boat maintenance, and safety. Demo a paddle craft on the 26,000-gallon pool, and try your
luck catching a trophy-sized marlin on an offshore fishing simulator.
By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating March 2018