They say that you can’t buy happiness but you can buy a boat! However, purchasing a vessel is a huge investment that should be thought out quite thoroughly before making a decision. Whether you have a residence on the shore or just simply travel this way for some occasional fishing, owning a boat is a step into a realm that many, even current boat owners, still get weary about.

As a helping hand, the Director of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Charity Boat Donation Program, Todd Taylor has decided to hold a Q & A on March 7th from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. in CBMM boat shop.  In which he plans to discuss key points to look for when buying a boat yourself! His Boat Shopping 101 session is ideal for first-time boat buyers or those who could use a refresher before their next purchase.

Taylor’s extensive knowledge of boats and the boating industry overall stems from a lifetime of messing about on boats and a career as a yachting professional. Prior to joining CBMM, he worked as sales director for a U.S. builder of luxury performance motor yachts, and as a professional yacht broker. His love of boats led him at a young age to the yachting industry, first as crew and ultimately as captain. He earned his first U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license at the age of 18.

As the director of CBMM, Taylor oversees the donation and resale of more than 200 boats of all shapes, types, and sizes each year. The organization as a whole accepts and sells all manner of craft year-round, and offers long-standing boat sales and lease/charter operations, as well as the annual Charity Boat Auction, held annually each Labor Day weekend.

The cost for this program is $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members. Participation is limited and registration needed at To find more programs at CBMM, visit

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