, Salem, MA

August 17, 2013

Police boat, pianos, law books for sale in Ipswich

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — IPSWICH — Looking for a used motor boat? How about a piano or a set of law books?

The town might be able to help.

The town’s old police boat has been put out to bid, along with some other surplus items. Bids are due in the purchasing office by Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.

”The idea is to put the stuff out there and see if there is interest,” said Purchasing Director Frank Antonucci, noting that items get put out for bid whenever necessary. A minimum bid of $18,000 is required for the boat.

The Police Department decommissioned the 2006, 23-foot Parker Marine boat after receiving a specialized police boat from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The old police boat comes with a Yamaha engine and a dual axle trailer, according to the bid information.

“It is an excellent fishing boat,” police Chief Paul Nikas has said. “But it is not designed for law enforcement or search and rescue.”

There are two pianos available that were once used by the Council on Aging and the Recreation Department. Both are reported to be in good shape but in need of tuning. There are no minimum bids.

A new display case is also for up for bid, with no minimum bid required. “It is still in the box,” Antonucci said. “It is sealed and has never been opened.”

The Massachusetts General Law books are in one of the meeting rooms in town, but they are no longer needed. There is no minimum bid required on them, either.

Antonucci said the items have also been put on eBay, and the town has the right to deny any bid.

The police boat is not the largest item ever put out to bid by the town, according to Antonucci. Sometimes, dump trucks from the Department of Public Works go up for sale.

Not all items sell, though,

Recently, a 1981 Mack fire engine was put up for bid after being decommissioned, but there were no takers. It ended up being brought to a scrap lot.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.