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Donate Your Boat Program
A large portion of our programs for people of all ages and abilities is funded through user fees and donations such as the donation of a rowing shell or boat.

Donating your used shell or boat is simple, because we take care of all the details! We can arrange for a third-party appraisal of the value of your boat, and issue you a tax receipt for that amount. Depending on your tax situation, in Canada you can claim up to 75% of your net income each year in charitable donations; in the U.S. the current amount is 50%. We look after the hassles and costs of storage, transportation and broker's fees where applicable. Your shell or boat will either be used in our programs or sold by Go Rowing and Paddling Association of Canada, with all proceeds going to assist in funding and improving our community-based programs!

People give boats to GO for a variety of reasons:
  • To benefit community based programs for all ages
  • To receive a tax credit
  • To avoid the hassles of selling the boat
  • To avoid costly broker’s fees
  • To no longer have to pay storage
  • To avoid the time and cost involved in ongoing upkeep/repair of the vessel

    With your donation you receive a tax receipt for the appraised value of the donated boat. And don't forget - you are supporting a worthwhile cause that has hundreds of people young and old annually have access to rowing and paddling programs.

    What Shells or Boats are Suitable?
    Any operational rowing shell, ocean kayak, outrigger canoe, dragon boat, power or sailboat, large or small, fiberglass or wood, we've accepted them all over the years. “Project boats” are generally not financially viable. As a rule of thumb, a boat must be operational capable of being and its value must substantially exceed the costs of delivery.

    What Happens to Your Boat?
    Many boats that have been donated to our Society have been used for many years for our various community based programs ranging from adaptive rowing to high performance. However, not every boat is suitable for program use and training. A few become candidates for minor restoration and some are sold with the proceeds used to supplement the costs of upgrading our equipment.

    For More Information or to Make a Boat Donation
    Contact us tell us about your boat, we can answer any questions you may have. When you are ready to move forward, we can provide a Transfer of Ownership Agreement (PDF) and arrange to meet you (and your boat) at your convenience. We will arrange for an independent survey (at our cost) and delivery of your boat to our facility in Victoria. If you already have a recent survey of your boat this may be acceptable. Upon receipt of the surveyor's report, we will issue you a tax receipt for the appraised value of your boat - The boat must be donated free and clear of all liens and encumbrances.

  • Donate Your Boat Program (PDF)
  • Transfer of Ownership Agreement (PDF)



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