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Boat and Gear Donations


The Newport Sea Base seeks boat donations to our programs for diverse reasons: 

  • Increase the number of youth being served.

  • Grant scholarships to students who are financially unable to participate in  programs.

  • Update our technology for use in our classrooms.

  • Expand our facilities & training programs.

  • Offer support for existing youth maritime programs.

  • Expand available programming.



Click Here to view a list of current boats for sale

Is there a tax savings?
We will give you a Donation Receipt for the vessel, but we do not put a "value" on it.  It is up to you, your accountant, and the IRS to assign a value to the vessel. You should only deduct its “fair market value”, and we do not advise or involve ourselves in that calculation.  We do ultimately report the value of the sale to the IRS if the boat is sold (and not put into our program) so the only advice we can give is to be as accurate as possible in the valuation. 


The other way to donate (primarily for larger vessels) is to get appraisal in the form of an "Valuation Survey" from a certified surveyor. The Newport Sea Base can help you find that surveyor, and manage the paperwork for you quickly. In this process, we attest to the IRS that we will not sell the vessel and use it for our programs and hold title to the vessel for at least three years.  We also help with you with the required IRS forms (Form 1098-C and Form 8283) for your accountant.

Either way, the Newport Sea Base then uses any sale funds for its programs (90% or more of the funds actually go into our programs - unlike other charities who may broker out the vessel and only receive a small percentage) of public education, maritime education, nautical safety and team work. Note, some boats will not be considered for donation based upon their age, condition, usefulness, or other considerations as they relate to our mission.  Vessels must be safe, operable and with clean transferable title to be considered.


Donations and tax laws are complex, and each individual case differs. If you are considering making a donation, we strongly urge you to consult with your tax advisor to answer any question you may have about your personal financial/tax situation, and read page 8 on "Cars, Boats and Airplanes" in the IRS code 526 on charitable donations.  The Newport Sea Base, as an entity of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


Do I need to go to the DMV?
No. We work with a documentation specialist that can handle nearly all CA DMV and USCG paperwork.


How will I benefit?

  • Feel good about a tax-deductible gift that benefits the youth of Orange County and maritime programs of the Newport Sea Base.

  • Say “goodbye” to the time, energy, expense, and stress involved in trying to sell your boat.

  • End all expenses now for dockage, cleaning, insurance, maintenance, storage, repairs, financial investment, and interest.

  • Pay no sales commissions, avoiding the hassle of endless sea trials.

  • Complete the entire transaction in a few days.


How to donate your vessel:
Notify us of your interest in making a boat donation by calling or sending an email to:


Wayne Harvey


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Both of these boats were donated and are actively sailed by 14-20 year old girls and boys

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