Take heed, local boaters with attics, garages, bilges and lockers crammed with excess items, and merchants and HTC manufacturers with overstocks and overruns filling up your warehouses: LK Traders will accept your unwanted items for consignment through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at the warehouse at 222 Severn Ave. in Eastport.
All of this is in preparation for the third Boat Accessory Market USA, at the warehouse April 14-23, featuring engines, outboards, galley equipment, dinghies, life rafts, electronics, fishing equipment and a myriad of other new and slightly used boating items, for both sail and powerboats, selling at 30 percent to 70 percent and more below retail.
This year, the Boat Accessory Market USA will use its venue to help Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating raise money to support its nonprofit boating program for people with disabilities.
CRAB volunteers will be at the Boat Accessory Market to accept donations as well as to sell $1 raffle tickets to win either a 1968 19-foot O'Day Mariner sailboat or 1980 19-foot Galaxy 120-hp I/O runabout, both on trailers, winner's choice. Proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit CRAB.
Boat Accessory Market USA organizers handle promotions, advertising, inventory, pricing, displays, sales, collection and payment of sales tax, and all other administrative details.
Only items in good condition will be accepted. Sellers need not be present at the sale.
The Boat Accessory Market USA charges an application fee and competitive consignment rates to sellers, who set their own prices, with guidance from the personnel of the Boat Accessory Market.
Hours for the 10 days of the expo/sale are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For more information, call (410) 280-1373 or 1-(800) 753-2607, or fax (410) 280-0972.
CRAB Bash '95
CRAB stays in the spotlight this week with CRAB Bash '95 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, a cocktail reception presented by TCI Cablevision of Annapolis to benefit CRAB at the Eastport Clipper at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue.
CRAB Bash '95 will feature live music by Van Dyke & Glaser, live big-screen TV coverage of America's Cup racing on ESPN, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and many door prizes, including the grand prize, a trip for two to San Diego to watch the May 13 America's Cup racing on the water aboard an ESPN spectator boat.
The trip includes round-trip air fare, and hotel accommodations for two nights and three days in San Diego, along with tickets for the ESPN spectator boat, dinner for two at the San Diego Chart House, and tickets to America's Cup parties and events.
Among the silent auction items are a variety of goods and services ranging from free printing of business cards to a six-hour cruise on Jack King's and Gary Jobson's schooner Silver Heels.
All ticket and auction receipts go directly to CRAB to support its all-volunteer activities.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For information, call Shawn Houston at TCI, (410) 268-1758, Ext. 627.
For more information about CRAB, stop by City Dock in Annapolis this weekend during Disability Awareness Days to meet some of the volunteers and check out the Sail Free boats, or call (410) 974-2628.
Sail safely home
Womanship will offer a seminar and video overview of its "Sail Yourself Safely Home" program on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at West Marine in Annapolis.
Womanship is an Annapolis-based international leader in sailing programs by and for women.
Presented by Womanship founder Suzanne Pogell, the seminar is designed for female sailing partners who have reservations about their ability to take charge of a boat, should something happen to the person in charge.
It includes an introduction to practical boat handling, safety, and emergency procedures the Womanship program offers as part of its onboard courses.
For information, call Womanship, (410) 267-6661 or 1-(800) 342- 9295, or West Marine, (410) 268-0129.