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Welcome to our yacht donation program blog. This is a place to post inventory updates, tell stories about vessels contributed to AMIkids and celebrate deals, brokers and milestones. Enjoy!





  • DOUBLE X, a 78' True Performance Bluewater Cruiser

    by Jorge Mahauad | Nov 22, 2019
    Built by pedigree custom builder Kelly Archer in New Zealand in 2000, DOUBLE X (name reserved) is a 78' performance ocean-going cruiser.

    78' 2000 Kelly Archer

    Easily handled by a minimal crew, she is in excellent condition and has had expert maintenance, including refurbishes in 2014, 2015, and 2016. She has comfortable accommodations for her owners plus 4-5 guests and two crew in a separate cabin. 

    Fitted with 1,200 gallons of Diesel and a 250HP main engine, twin water markers, and ample cold storage, Double X was built to sail a 2,600-mile range. Although equipped with a 25 KW generator, her four photovoltaic modules, a Watt & Sea hydro-generator, two large battery banks, four inverters, and redundant 24-volt chargers provide ample power without any emissions.

    Double X can is in Fort Lauderdale, and her crew is standing by for you. Contact Pam Barlow at Luke Brown Yachts to schedule a viewing today. 
  • 1958 Rybovich Yachtfish 'modern classic' RHINO donated to AMIkids

    by Jorge Mahauad | Nov 13, 2019


    Truly a "modern classic," Rhino is a 1958 Rybovich Yachtfish refitted 'stem to stern' by
    Michael Rybovich and Sons in 2015.
    54' 1958 Rybovich Sportfish RHINO

    She is ready for significant sportfishing and holds a special place in Palm Beach history. When first launched in 1959, RHINO was the largest boat built by Rybovich to date.

    Her extensive restorations spared no expense. RHINO is the perfect outcome from the relationship between a knowledgeable owner and Mike Rybovich, grandson of the founder of Rybovich. 

    Rhino Classic 1958

    The only way to grasp the pristine look and feel of this classic is to take the virtual tour

    For private viewings, please contact Roy at Merritt's Boat & Engine Works Brokerage

    To learn more about Yacht Donation or about how donated yachts support our mission to help at-risk youth separate a troubled past from a bright future, please contact me

  • SKIPJACK

    by Jorge Mahauad | Nov 08, 2019

    Once in a lifetime, there will be a yacht whose exemplary care, custody, and refinements are hard to grasp – "SKIPJACK" is such a vessel.  
    2007 42 Sabre SkipjackA very successful model, the Sabre 42' embodies the graceful styling, luxurious and comfortable accommodations and high-quality construction typical to all Sabre Yachts. 

    Once in a lifetime, there will be a yacht whose exemplary care, custody, and refinements are hard to grasp – "SKIPJACK" is such a vessel.  

    She is genuinely a Gentlemen's Cruiser.  Words and photographs will not begin to express the love and resources poured into this vessel.

    Extremely customized, Skipjack's first impression highlights a hand-laid teak deck plus a custom teak bow-pulpit and swim-step. 

    A closer look will reveal some brilliant additions such as a lift-operated 40" flat-panel TV hidden inside a custom-built cherry wood corner cabinet and an enlarged master berth. 

    However,  her customization is much more extensive than one would expect at first sight. Every area of this yacht has especially designed and masterfully crafted. We recommend you view her as her teak cabinetry, trim, and finishes will exceed your expectations. 

    To learn more about this unique 42' 2007 Sabre please contact James Johnson at the San Diego office of Chuck Hovey Yachts
  • 50' 2005 Ocean Supersport Leased

    by Jorge Mahauad | Nov 05, 2019

    In early October, Jim Kelly at Grande Yachts International facilitated the donation of a 50' 2005 Ocean Supersport

    50' 2005 Ocean Super Sport

    We owned Marquesa III for a little over a month. She is now leased and has been delivered to her new handler. 

    During the time we owned her, we worked on the following material improvements. 

    - Repaired main engines and generators according to survey recommendations;
    - Serviced and repaired all seacocks and through-hull fittings;
    - Replaced and upgraded all main engine raw intake hoses and clamps; 
    - Reconditioned and updated her running gear; 
    - Applied prop speed to all running gear; and 
    - Renewed the bottom protection coatings. 


    George Beck from HMY represented the buyer.

    This 50' 2005 Ocean Supersport is another success story for the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program. Our yacht donors benefit from reduced holding costs and obtain a reasonable tax deduction from a safe, reputable charity. 

    The process is extremely convenient for everyone and provides brokers with competitively priced inventory and refreshed listings with interest-free lease opportunities.

    All proceeds support the AMIkids mission to help youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. In doing so, we help protect public safety and positively impact youth and their families by helping them separate a troubled past from a bright future. 

  • The Sentry Legacy Lives On

    by Jorge Mahauad | Nov 05, 2019
    by Dudley Savage

    Sentry, 70' 1977 Hatteras, Angus Hines Jr

    I met Mr. Angus Hines because he was an enthusiastic yachtsman. He had a special love for his 72' 1977 Hatteras Motor Yacht named "Sentry." Mr. Hines passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at age 96. [Continue Reading]
  • Daysailer Heaven

    by Jorge Mahauad | Oct 31, 2019
    Daysailer Heaven, that's the only way to describe FINN, a 42' performance yacht designed by Doug Zurn, built by Bruckmann Yachts and finished by Hinckley.

    Bruckmann Daysailer 42 Finn

    Characterized by a clean deck layout, commodious cockpit, inviting interior and lightweight glass construction, the Bruckmann Daysailer 42 presents her owner with an extremely versatile sailing yacht that can carry upwards of eight individuals for an excursion around the bay, and yet she is equally adept as an overnighter.

    The donation of this 42' 2006 Bruckmann was facilitated by Bruce Tait. Contact Tait Yachts for additional information. 

    To learn more about why yacht donation as a tool utilized by yachtsmen and their brokers nationwide please contact one of us
  • Santo

    by Jorge Mahauad | Oct 28, 2019
    St. Petersburg, FL

    This 2008 Jupiter is a jewel. She has been "Hampton's Kept", lightly used with only
    475 hours on twin Yamaha 350s. 

    Jupiter 38 HFS

    TShe features upgraded duel Garmin 5215 GPS map screens, anchor windless, bow thruster and all the features you'd expect this fish ready capable center console.

    Santo was contributed to the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program recently and is currently available for lease. Contact Bruce Tait from Tait Yachts for more information. 
  • SO SWEET!

    by Jorge Mahauad | Oct 22, 2019
    That's the name of this boat, So Sweet III, but is also the kind of vessel this is: Custom built, 280 original hours, 62’ 2007 Jefferson cockpit motor yacht at a very competitive price with an interest-free operating lease.


    62’ 2007 Jefferson CPMY "So Sweet III"

    The donation of "So Sweet III" was facilitated by Yacht Broker Chuck Meyers from Bluewater Yacht Sales. This immaculate  62’ 2007 Jefferson cockpit motor yacht will be undergoing material improvements in Baltimore, MD and will be available for lease with interest-free terms to a qualified individual.

    To learn more about So Sweet III or to schedule a viewing please contact Chuck Meyers at 703.999.7696

    To learn more about Yacht Donation or about how donated yachts support our mission to help at-risk youth separate a troubled past from a bright future please contact us


  • Marquesa III

    by Jorge Mahauad | Oct 01, 2019
    The contribution of "Marquesa III" to the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program was recently facilitated by Jim Kelly at Grande Yachts International.
    50' 2005 Ocean Super Sport

    Marquesa III is a 2005 50' Ocean Supersport powered by two 825HP MTU Series 60 engines giving her a top speed of 32 knots. She has a three stateroom, who head, galley-up layout. She is fish rigged with Rupp outriggers, Pompanette chair, livewell, bait freezer, Eskimo ice chipper, watermaker and upgraded 17K generator (new in 2018) to power it all.

    To learn more about "Marquesa III" contact Jim Kelly at Grande Yachts International. To learn more about how yacht donations benefit owners, brokers and at-risk youth contact us.
  • ANY EXCUSE

    by Jorge Mahauad | Sep 26, 2019
    Jim Wallace at IYC recently facilitated the donation of "Any Excuse" a Hatteras 52' Sport Deck Motor Yacht.

    Any Excuse 52' 1998 Hatteras Sport Deck Motor Yacht

    Any excuse is in great condition. Her fiberglass hull is in great shape. Twin Diesel Caterpillar 3408 with 800 hp each and a sound insulated 20KW Onan genset provide ample power to cruise at 20 knots, run her Cursair A/C, multiple electronics, pumps, stabilizer system and charge 4 battery banks. Any Excuse has capacity for nearly 1000 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of fresh water.

    Material improvements will include factory recommended service to main engines and generator, work on the running gear including replacing the cutlass bearing and having the shafts and propellers trued. She will also receive renewed bottom coating. "Any Excuse" will be available for lease soon. For more information contact Jim Wallace.

    To lean more about how Yacht Donation benefits donors by reducing their holding costs while providing a reasonable tax deduction from a safe, reputable charity contact us. The process is extremely convenient for everyone and provides brokers with competitively priced inventory and refreshed listings with interest-free lease opportunities.

    All proceeds support the AMIkids mission to help youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. In doing so we help protect public safety and positively impact youth and their families by helping them separate a troubled past from a bright future. 

  • Nikita is headed to California

    by Jorge Mahauad | Sep 12, 2019
    The donation of this 72’ 2002 Southern Ocean Trawler was facilitated by Leonce Richard from  Worth Avenue Yachts.

    2002 72’ Southern Ocean Trawler Nikita

    After undergoing material improvements that included sand blasting, repairing and repainting the bottom, a bow thruster rebuild an engine overhaul and other maintenance, Nikita is now under contract and headed to California.

    The AMIkids Standard Lease with Option to Purchase is structured to protect the Yacht Donor and the Charity. The lease agreement is based on FASB-13 guidelines and complies with established standards of financial accounting and reporting for true operating leases. Lease term is three years.

    We accept yacht donations, refit and then lease or sell them. Proceeds help troubled kids start a great future. 

    Donors benefit of reduced holding costs and obtain a reasonable tax deduction from a safe, reputable charity. The process is extremely convenient for everyone and provides brokers with competitively priced inventory and refreshed listings with interest-free lease opportunities.

    All proceeds support the AMIkids mission to help youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. In doing so we help protect public safety and positively impact youth and their families by helping them separate a troubled past from a bright future. 
  • "Willyn"

    by Jorge Mahauad | Sep 09, 2019


    Some donations come with a following! That was the case with this 80’ 1998 Lazarra facilitated by yacht broker Mark Parker from HMY Yachts. "Willyn" went from donation to being under contract without chance to go on the market. 
    "Willyn" 1998 80 Lazarra
  • 887' 2019 "Fiscal Year" goes to AMIkids

    by Jorge Mahauad | Sep 09, 2019
    St. Petersburg, FL

    AMIkids Yacht Donation closed Fiscal Year 2019 with 17 vessels totaling 887 feet LOA overall

    The AMIkids Yacht Donation program closed FY2019. With 17 vessels (887 feet overall), the organization had multiple high profile donations of brand name yachts such as Palmer Johnson, Rybovich, Hinckley, San Juan, Princess, Tiara and Grady White.
    48' 2015 Hinckley Talaria Magic 2
    48’ 2014 Hinckley Talaria "Magic 2" facilitated by Bob Pooler, Hinckley Yachts.
    As a result, yacht donations contributed substantial resources to the AMIkids mission to help youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. 

    AMIkids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and directly operates the program.
     
    The charity accepts yacht donations, refit and then lease or sell them. For 50 years AMIkids has received over 6,000 boat donations. Yacht Donations are a considerable source of funding and help support 44 programs in 10 states.
     
    Donors benefit of reduced holding costs and obtain a reasonable tax deduction from a safe, reputable charity. The process is extremely convenient for everyone and provides brokers with competitively priced inventory and refreshed listings with interest-free lease opportunities.

     
     
     

  • A New Take on the Trade Dilemma

    by Jorge Mahauad | Aug 11, 2019

    by Roger Herd

    As a manufacturer or a dealer, the dreaded “trade” can either sink a deal or perhaps, if taken, drive a healthy margin down considerably. Holding costs, repairs, marketing, brokerage commissions, etc.; it all adds up. Yes, you can call your wholesale buyer who is going to give you 30% less than book, but you can’t pass that on to your buyer, so you bury it in the deal making your margin slimmer than ever.

    I would like to present you with another option. One that makes the deal a win-win for all parties. This option is not for everyone, perhaps not even for most, but it can work for some of your buyers depending on their financial status, the trade in question and how anxious they are to take possession of their new boat.

    Think Donation.

    Here’s the scenario:

    Your buyer has interest in your new boat, but he wants you to take his 2002 60’ Flybridge MY on trade. He believes his boat is worth 900K but you know the boat will really retail for maybe 800K and in order for you to take the trade, you can only give him 650-700K. So you bury the cost on the front end, driving your margin down. You ACV the boat too high on the back end to cover holding costs and in the long-run it’s just not that profitable.

    Suppose your buyer is well-heeled enough that he could benefit from a write-off? He has his boat appraised by a qualified surveyor and that number becomes the basis for his write-off, which he can use for up to 5 years. If the valuation meets his needs and he opts for donation, problem #1 is solved.

    Since you do not have to take his trade you can sharpen your pencil a little more on the price of the new boat. This savings makes the donation even more palatable because he’s getting a better deal.

    His donated boat stays with you as a central listing for which you are compensated for. After we materially improve the vessel you will make a commission when the boat goes out on lease and an option commission if the lessee exercises the option to purchase after 3 years.

    The net benefits to you are:

    1. No Trade equals higher margins
    2. No holding costs eroding the trade value
    3. Reasonable compensation for your work
    4. A happier client who is released from his old boat and enjoying his new boat.
    Interesting? Contact me for details
  • 85' 2001 Azimut

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jul 30, 2019
    The contribution of this 85' 2001 Azimut to the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program was was recently facilitated by Bryan Franc at United Yacht Sales.

    85 2001 Azimut

    Azimut Yachts is an Italian yacht-manufacturing company based in Viareggio, Italy. It was established in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli. The company started with sailing boat chartering, later developing into a large luxury yacht building industry. The company currently owns Benetti, another luxury ship building company.



    "SHMILY" is currently in the Florida panhandle and will relocate to Orange Beach, AL to undergo material improvements. She will be available for lease with interest-free terms very soon.

    Yacht Donation is a safe and viable alternative to selling or trading custom vessels like this Azimut. Donors benefit of reduced holding costs and obtain a reasonable tax deduction from a safe, reputable charity. The process is extremely convenient for everyone and provides brokers with competitively priced inventory and refreshed listings with interest-free lease opportunities.

    All proceeds support the AMIkids mission to help youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. In doing so we help protect public safety and positively impact youth and their families by helping them separate a troubled past from a bright future. 

  • Pole Pusher II

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jul 29, 2019
    This 48' 1998 Offshore has had a good life. Her former owner is an experienced yachtsman and kept her in a covered slip until he donated her to AMIkids through Leslie Quarrier from Essex Yacht Sales who facilitated the contribution.

    48' 1998 OFFSHORE YACHTFISHER

    "Pole Pusher II" is a traditional double-cabin design with a trawler-style appearance and a practical cruising layout. Her low-freeboard modified-V hull is cored from the chine up with 15'6" beam. Quality hardware and heavy duty construction are evident.

    The owner has spared no expense in updating the lighting throughout to warm tone LEDs for lower amp draw and cooler temps. Luxurious wall coverings, headliner and soft goods are all in excellent shape and the hand made wood work throughout the boat compliment the rich flooring. Each area has its own dedicated air conditioner with separate controls for the ultimate in comfort. “Pole Pusher II” has a roomy layout ideal for living aboard or long range cruising: master stateroom located aft with private head/shower, central salon with lower helm, galley down to port with guest head/shower starboard, and guest stateroom v-berth forward.

    In 2002, both main diesel engines were replaced with Caterpillar 3126B. Her main engines are currently under 2000 hours. Multiple recent upgrades include new marine electronics and appliances along with a long list of engine related items such as intercoolers, alternators, battery charges and more. "Pole Pusher II" had a bottom job last spring.

    She is currently docked in Saint Petersburg, FL and will be undergoing material improvements in the upcoming weeks. "Pole Pusher II" is available for lease with interest-free terms. For more details please contact Roger Cole at United Yacht Sales.
     
    We accept yacht donations, refit and then lease or sell them.  Proceeds help troubled kids start a great future. Since 1969, AMIkids has helped 136,000 at-risk youth and their families. Today, AMIkids operates 44 programs in 10 states, and the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program is a national benchmark for its integrity and accountability. 
  • Donation Updates: Oyster LD43s

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jul 15, 2019

    Donated, Materially Improved and Leased! 

    The constribution of an Oyster LD43s was facilitated by John Fordon of Hinckley Yachts and Dudley Savage of the AMIkids Yacht Donation program in early May.

    Oyster LD43s


    The constribution of an Oyster LD43s was facilitated by John Fordon of Hinckley Yachts and Dudley Savage of the AMIkids Yacht Donation program in early May.

    We moved her to Saint Petersburg, FL to undergo material improvements. Her complete electronics were upgraded and earlier this month she was delivered to her Lessee.

    The proceeds generated by the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program durectly support the greater AMIkids mission and allow us to help at-risk youth separate a troubles past from a bright future. 

    Yacht contribution is a viable and safe alternative. By donating a vessel, owners benefit of immediate relief of holding costs and obtain a reasonable tax deduction.
  • Determination

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jul 10, 2019
    The donation of this 1991 102' twin Diesel fiberglass Crescent  was recently facilitated by Mark Osterhaven from Worth Avenue Yachts and Dudley Savage of AMIkids.

    "Determination" represents a great opportunity for anyone in the market for a proven Westport hull with great sea-keeping abilities and large interior spaces to customize.

    1991 103 Crescent "Determination"

    The ease of maintenance of this 102' hull is remarkable and her 24' beam allows the interior spaces to be truly exceptional. Determination features a massive "country kitchen", flybridge and master stateroom.

    Determination will be available for lease soon. To see more available vessels check out our inventory.

    For more information contact

    Mark Osterhaven
    954.817.6992
    Worth Avenue Yachts
  • AMIkids expert facilitators educate brokerage community about Yacht Donation

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jun 26, 2019
    AMIkids expert facilitators Roger Herd and Jordan Carroll executed an educational presentation about Yacht Donation during the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA) Yacht Sales Summit held on June 19th at the Bahia Mar Hotel in Fort Laurderdale.
    Roger Herd and Jordan Carroll present Yacht Donation at the IYBA Sales Summit

    The event has over 125 participants from the IYBA membership. Created in 1987, the mission of IYBA is to unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business for the purpose of promoting professionalism and cooperation and to promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transacting of the yacht brokerage business.

    IYBA is an international benchmark for Yacht Brokerage and is the owner of the Yacht & Brokerage Show, held yearly in Miami. All AMIkids facilitators are IYBA members.
     

  • Red Castles

    by Jorge Mahauad | May 28, 2019
    This 42' 2000 Little Harbor Whisperjet is available for sale through Roger Cole at United Yacht Sales.
    42' 1998 Little Harbor Whisperjet  
    'Red Castles' is a one of a kind picnic boat.

    A custom built Marlin Tower features full controls for the twin 480 hp Yanmar Diesel engines and the Hamilton 292 WaterJets make her a smooth ride to a maximum speed of 30 knots.

    Red Castles was donated to AMIkids and served as part of our fleet until 2019. Yacht donation is a viable and safe alternative providing donors the benefit of reduced holding costs and reasonable tax deductions from a safe, reputable charity.

    The process is extremely convenient for everyone and provides brokers with competitively priced inventory and refreshed listings with interest-free lease opportunities. Learn more here

    Red Castles

Why Donate?

Vessel donation is a powerful and safe alternative for charitable yacht owners. The process is simple, convenient and expeditious. 

Every vessel contribution supports our mission to help at-risk youth separate a troubled past from a bright future. AMIkids is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a pristine track record of yacht donations for nearly 50 years.

Learn more about yacht donation or contact us and our team of experts will answer any questions.

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