The D.C. government buys a lot of stuff — everything from pens and paper to computers and cars. And just as much as it’s purchasing new things, it’s constantly trying to get rid of the old; it’s in a perpetual state of spring-cleaning, if you will.
Much of the detritus of municipal governance is auctioned off to the public, with the city taking in the revenue — an estimated $1.5 million this year and $2 million in the upcoming fiscal year. If you know when to look and have the means available, you could walk away with anything from an old police cruiser to some toner cartridges. There’s even a few Harley Davidsons used by the Metropolitan Police Department, and plenty of cars impounded by the Department of Public Works for unpaid tickets that were simply never claimed by their owners.
Or a fire boat. D.C. is currently trying to get rid of a 25-foot Boston Whaler Guardian Boat that was built in 1996 and taken out of service last year:
This boat was in DC Fire Department Fleet serving on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in Washington, DC until winter, 2012. There is a metal hatch open on the deck toward the bow, which is full of water. There are some scratches and dents as well as small cracks in the fiberglass. See photos. Boat taken out of service in operating condition. It was lifted out of the water and transported by boat trailer to the Surplus Property Division warehouse (address below), where it is currently stored. Bidders are encouraged to come take a look at the boat prior to bidding. Buyer will receive the boat as shown in photos. Keys are included with sale.
The starting bid was $1,000, and after 55 bids it was up to $6,000. The auction closes on March 27 at 3 p.m.