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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?
Donating your boat to charity can prove more lucrative than selling it. You can only deduct its “fair market value”, and for that you’ll need an appraisal in the form of an "Evaluation Survey" from a certified surveyor. The Newport Sea Base can help you find that surveyor, and manage the paperwork for you quickly. The charity should give you a Form 1098-C for your accountant.

Or, if the Newport Sea Base sells your vessel (no Evaluation Survey involved), you can claim a tax deduction for the amount the boat sold for (not the appraised value). The Newport Sea Base then uses the sale funds for its mission, and you can deduct the full fair market value instead.


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.  The Newport Sea Base, as an entity of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


What happens to my boat?
Two things can happen. If the boat fits into the programming needs at Newport Sea Base, the boat could be retained and added to the current fleet used for youth maritime training. Boats that are not used in our programming can be fixed to sell or be sold “as is”, and the funds received will help the Newport Sea Base continue its programs 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.

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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