"We've started with a few 90 cent promotional signs that we're posting in yards and along highways, so it's a small first effort," said Brian Stewart, cofounder of Boat Angels, a Christian ministry based in Phoenix.
Advertising mostly amounts to small yard signs reading, "Donate a Boat
to Charity," with their website, www.boatangel.org . The money has helped nearly 200 African orphans receive food, clothing and medical attention, Stewart
Most of the nonprofit groups on the Boat Angel list champion Christian causes.
Boat owners can choose the charity where they'd like the money from their boat sale to go - even if it's not on the list, the Boat Angel website states.
"We've started small and are happy that we've gotten this far," Stewart
"Most of the boats we've received so far have been small ones and haven't been worth all that much," Stewart
"We usually have a very small window of time to acquire the boat and that's where Big Tuna is a great help because they know the area," Stewart
With thousands of boats in South Florida being sold or discarded annually, both Family Thrift Charities and Boat Angel
hope more boat owners will explore the option of turning an old craft into a tax deduction.
"It takes awhile for anything like this to catch on, but once people see what we are trying to do, I believe we will succeed," Stewart