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Charity Boat Auction

21st Annual Charity Boat Auction

Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1, 2018
Gates open 8am; Tag Sale 9am; BBQ 10am; Auction 11am; Beer 10:30am
Free admission for CBMM members and children under 5
General admission is $5 per person for non-members until 11am.
Afterward, regular admission rates apply.

Auction Bidding begins at 11am
$5 paddle fee for each bidder, taken at registration.

CBMM sells donated boats all year long, with the current inventory here

Thursday, August 30, 9am-5pm
Friday, August 31, 9am-5pm
$5 admission through Milk House Gate for preview hours

Friday, August 31 at noon. 410-745-4942

Thursday, August 16th at 5pm. Call 410-745-4942

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is hosting its 20th annual Charity Boat Auction on Saturday, September 1, 2018 with proceeds benefiting the children and adults served by CBMM.

The live auction begins at 11am along CBMM’s waterfront campus, where more than 100 boats—ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, and everything in between—will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program staff Todd Taylor and Josh Mills take donations and resells boats throughout the year, holding aside some of the inventory for the annual auction.

The event also includes a flea market-style tag sale from 9 a.m. till 11am in which guests are able to purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope or chain, ladders, fishing tackle, motors, and more. CASH ONLY at the tag sale.

Beginning at 10:30am, beer and barbecue will be available for purchase. Boat sales are on-going throughout the year, with all auction boats subject to sale prior to the auction. Auction boats will be available for inspection at the museum, several days prior to the auction.

Advance bids will be accepted, and can be called in at 410-745-4942 until noon on Friday, August 31.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home or on boats during CBMM festivals, including the Charity Boat Auction. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during non-festival days.

To donate a boat or items for the tag sale, or for a fully updated listing of the boats up for auction, please contact 410-745-4942 or email