CUMBERLAND — Twenty-three boats are being auctioned online by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The boats include open boats, a water bike, sailboat, canoes, paddle boat and a 1990 Trojan 10-meter Express Yacht.

“This is the second auction we’ve held this year. We’ve been doing online auctions to move surplus property for six or seven years,” said Gene Deems, DNR E-Gov and online services manager.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 302 bids had been placed on the 23 boats, with bids received from various states, including Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

“The auction continues through Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., and bids must be placed by then. We are very pleased with the response. These auctions allow us to meet a broad and diverse audience,” said Deems.

The first auction, Deems recalled, involved a Zamboni ice resurfacer that the state had purchased in anticipation of construction of an ice rink. However, that apparently did not occur and the state eventually auctioned the Zamboni machine.

“The state actually got back what they paid for the equipment. It was purchased by the country of Hungary and they even paid for the cost of shipping,” he said.

The auction is being held at www.dnr.maryland.gov/auction.

Bidders may inspect the equipment weekdays at the Natural Resources Police Matapeake Facility, 306 Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville, MD 21666. Appointments for inspection may be made by calling Capt. Sharon Brannock at (410) 643-5462.

“These auctions are a benefit to the state and the citizens,” said Deems.

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