Marina to auction off contents of sheds

The Oak Harbor Marina is going to do its own version of “Storage Wars.”

Similar to the TV show, the marina will auction off the contents of two storage sheds that were essentially forfeited after the renters failed to pay for extended periods.

The auction is at 10 a.m. Saturday. The opening bid is $100. People must bid on the entire contents of each shed. The person with the winning bid has five days to empty out the shed and cannot use the marina dumpster.

Harbormaster Chris Sublet explained that the doors of the sheds will be open at 9:30 a.m. and prospective bidders can look inside, but not enter, before the auction begins.

Yet the contents aren’t exactly secret. One contains a Honda Interceptor motorcycle from the 1980s.

The other shed has small boats and marine equipment.

“They both have traditional shed stuff,” he added.

The legal process that leads to the auction is long and arduous, Sublet said. Combined, the owners of the two sheds owe the marina about $8,000 in rent payments.

“This is the worst possible outcome for just about everyone involved,” he said.

According to Sublet, some bidders have gotten good deals on boat auctions in the past, but those who are interested will have to wait until Saturday to see how this auction turns out.