ST. MICHAELS — This Labor Day weekend, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host its 22nd annual Charity Boat Auction on Saturday, Aug. 31.

More than 70 donated boats and watercraft — ranging in size and performance from luxury boats to dinghies — will be in the water and on land to be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

“This is an absolute auction, meaning all boats will be sold the day of the event, with no minimums or reserves, and CBMM staff and volunteers will be on hand at an onsite title office for ease of transfer and title work.” said CBMM Charity Boat Donation Program Director Taylor Williams. “These donated boats are sold year-round and will be sold up until a few days prior to the auction.”

The event also will include a flea market-style tag sale from 9 to 11 a.m., where guests can purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope, chain, oars, life jackets, fishing tackle and motors.

Proceeds from the rain-or-shine event will benefit the children and adults served by the museum’s education, restoration and exhibition programming.

In addition to being listed online, auction boats will be available for preview at the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, with a $5 nonmember admission. Guests also can preview the boats on auction grounds starting at 8 a.m. the day of the event, with bidding beginning at 11 a.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 10:30 a.m.

“We work with donors all year round, many caring for a boat they are no longer using, or having an inherited a boat that won’t be used,” Williams said. “And these gifts are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.”

On Aug. 31, the museum’s Fogg’s Landing gates will open at 8 a.m., with free event entrance for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under. Otherwise, general admission is $5 per person until 11 a.m., with a $5 paddle fee for registered bidders. After 11 a.m., regular two-day admission rates apply. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited during CBMM festivals and special events, including the Charity Boat Auction.

For the official rules, auction details and inventory updates, visit tion or contact or 410-745-4942.

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