Can I donate my boat for the cause I love? The short answer is yes! Or no. Confusing? Our process regarding holiday vehicles (including boats) is a bit choosy. Read on to see why!
Can I donate my boat to charity?
Here at Donate a Car Canada we evaluate each vehicle on its own merits. Boat donations are no different. The shortest answer we can offer:
Yes! We accept auction-ready boats through our program, however, it is likely that it will not sell well during the winter season due to a lack of buyer interest. Moreover, auction house lots are open to the elements; the boat may be exposed to inclement weather while awaiting sale.
The best time to auction a boat is between May and August.
In order to avoid high processing costs and potential losses in the Spring, we ask that your boat then be dropped off with a trailer at our nearest drop off location. If a drop off is not possible, please note that most of our agents do not have the equipment necessary for towing and storing vessels.
If you are unable to drop the boat off, but you have a trailer to include in the donation, please proceed with your submission and we will explore our available options.
When is boat donation a no-go?
If the vessel is recycle-ready we are unable to support your giving process. We do not have any agents in Canada that will support end-of-life process for boats.
Call to see if your boat is a Yes
Donate a Car Canada boat donations have raised thousands of dollars for humane societies, health-related groups, and children’s charities. At the time of this writing, we’re finishing up accounting on a gift of several thousand dollars for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice ! The boat that got us there? A 26 year old Sea Ray!
If you’re not sure what status we’d assign your boat, call in to 1-877-250-4904. We’re here to help!
Here’s why we get a little picky
The Yes! if your boat is seaworthy and in condition to be re-sold: We have auction houses and re-sale agents across Canada that can expose your boat to their buyer bases. For a unit that’s ready to get out on the open water, bids can be a great benefit to your charity!
The Sorry, No! if it’s ready for recycling: the reason our agents do not support this process is due to the construction of these units. Wood and fiberglass are costly to break down and cannot be recycled on site. Moreover, the lack of saleable metal and mechanical parts means there is little of reclaimable value in them at their end-of-life.
How the “Yes!” works
We do take auction-ready boats through the Spring and Summer. Wintertime is a no-go. We simply won’t find buyers for these unique units in the off season.
The best time to auction a motorhome is between the months of May and August. Most auction lots are open to the elements. Vehicles are subject to winter weather while trying to find a buyer during winter months.
Wait until spring in order to donate that sale-ready boat. Your charity of choice will be the one to benefit!
In order to avoid high processing costs and potential losses we will ask that your boat be dropped off at our nearest drop-off location.
But what about the free tow you promise?
This is another of the quirky answers to, “Can I donate my boat?” While we offer free towing on cars and trucks, unique vehicles pose unique challenges for our agents and the costs of transport will eat up a portion of the net proceeds. This affects what we’re able to send your chosen charity.
Click on the button below to complete a donation form. This will allow you to give us the details on your unique vehicle. We will quickly respond with direction regarding our ability to support your process. No time to do the online form? Give us a call, Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 MST, @ 1-877-250-4904. We’d love to help you and your charity of choice!