Seawater trawlers, small boats, sailboats and other small craft are among some of the most sought-after items to sell in Seattle and other markets in the Puget Sound region, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Auctioneer Mark Kestell and auctioneer Mike Tuck, of Kestel and Tuck Fish Auctioneers, will host the auctions for a limited time.
The auctions will take place on June 23 at the Seattle Aquarium, 507 N.E. 2nd St. in SeaTac.
The aquarium is part of the Seattle Botanic Garden and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an opening reception June 24.
The auction will feature live auctions, auctions of historic items and a chance for members of the public to bid on rare items.
Boat yard grill auctions are open June 25 at the Pugets Aquarium in Sea Tac, and the auction of a sailboat auction will be held June 26 at the Tacoma Ship Museum.
Both auctions are $5 per boat.
Tuck and Kesteller said they are planning an auction of more than 2,500 boats and the proceeds will go to local schools.
They are not selling the boats, but they are auctioning the equipment that they use to keep them running.
Tucker said they hope to sell more than 300 of the boats they will auction.
The boats will be auctioned on June 26, with a second day to sell on June 29.
Kestell said the auction could be the first time that the Pug-Tac area has had the opportunity to see so many boats.
He said he expects to sell out, as many of the boatyard’s equipment is still in use and they have never seen so many vessels.
The auctions are organized by a local nonprofit organization called SeaTak, which works to help local businesses and communities survive by selling donated boats, equipment and supplies.
Kestelle said he hopes the proceeds from the auctions will go toward keeping the aquarium open for the aquarium’s upcoming opening.
The auction is scheduled for 10 a.p.m to 2 p.o.m, and an online registration is available.