DOZENS of project boats at the Blackwater Marina are set to be auctioned off as a last chance to save them.

There will be an auction, boat jumble and fun day at the marina in The Esplanade, Maylandsea on Sunday, October 7.

Any money that has been made will be donated to the RNLI, the Maldon Sea Cadets, and GAIN, the charity supported by sailing writer Dave Selby.

Mr Selby has a rare viral condition called Guilain-Barré Syndrome which means he often loses mobility in his legs and has to have antibodies injected into his body to restore mobility.

Boats in need of saving range from small sailing cruisers to an historic tug, and many are being offered at “no reserve” which means the highest bid, even if it’s only £1, buys the boat.

Marina manager Beccs Polden said: “We have at least 30 boats that have become our property in lieu of debt.

“At least another five, some afloat and others ashore, are being sold by owners who are no longer using them.

“It’s sad, but we want to do our very best to find homes for them all and give them a chance to be enjoyed.”

All boats sold have three months free storage included.

Entry is free and the event has free parking as well as free RIB rides, canoeing and sailing taster sessions provided by Maldon Sea Cadets.

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