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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!





  • 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
  • Just In: 43’ 2007 Oyster Express

    by Jorge Mahauad | May 07, 2019
    Donation was just completed a remarkably unique find. 

    This 43’ 2007 Oyster express LD43  is the only in its kind currently available in the United States.

    43’ 2007 Oyster express

    Built in the New Zealand out of carbon fiber, the 43' Oyster was manufactured to compete with the big american yacht market dominated by Grand Banks, Sabre and Hinckley. 

    Once our material improvements are completed this 400 original hours yacht will be available for lease at a very competitive price point and with interest-free terms.

    Additional Specs

    400 original hours, drives and engines serviced. New Garmin electronics package installed.   

    LOA: 43 ft 0 in
    Beam: 13 ft 5 in
    Maximum Draft: 2 ft 4 in
    Power:  2 x Diesel YANMAR 480 HP each with Hamilton stern water jet drives.

    For additional information on this 43’ 2007 Oyster express LD43 contact John Fordon. To learn more about why Yacht Donation is a safe alternative for the discerning owner contact us 
  • Donation Updates: 48’ 2015 Hinckley Talaria Leased

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 22, 2019
    Magic 2, a 48’ 2015 Hinckley Talaria facilitated by Bob Pooler from Hinckley yachts has leased.

    48' 2015 Hinckley Talaria Magic 2

    Her material improvement consisted of installing the signature GARMIN - VOLVO Glass Bridge Package. The twin 24” displays integrate marine electronics and unique electronic Engine Vessel Control (EVC), a function providing full control over most pivotal handling and safety information from Volvo Penta.

    Magic 2 material improvements

    Other upgrades included factory made upholstery, waxing and buffing and general maintenance. 

  • Donation Updates: Banyan Leased

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 18, 2019
    103’ 1980 Palmer Johnson "Banyan" leased today interest free to a new handler. Her material improvements were considerable and included changing aluminium plates from the hull, complete servicing of the main propulsion system and new non-skid on all topside decks.

    Banyan 103 1980 Palmer Johnson

    The donation of "Banyan" was facilitated by Pam Barlow at Luke Brown Yachts and Dudley Savage in late December 2018.  All earnings help at-risk youth. 

    To learn more about why yacht donation is a viable and safe alternative contact us. We will be glad to tell you more about how donors benefit of reduced holding costs and obtain an attractive tax deduction from a safe, reputable charity. 
  • Material Improvement Update: Shoregirl

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 16, 2019
    The 61’ 2003 Viking Princess FBMY was donated to AMIkids back in December 2018. Shoregirl is currently undergoing material improvements in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    Project manager Bob Dupuy and her facilitator Roger Herd are overseeing the hull paint work, engine servicing and new headliner installation. 

    61’ 2003 Viking Princess FBMY

    To learn more about Shoregirl contact Roger Herd and other available vessels check out our current listing section.

    The AMIkids Yacht Donation program accepts yacht donations. Our expert team works on their refit and then lease or sell them. All earnings help troubled kids start a great future. 
  • Donation Updates: Someday Came

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 02, 2019
    Someday Came

    In November 2018, Scott James from Bluewater Yacht Sales and Dudley Savage from AMIkids facilitated the contribution of this amazing 48’ 2006 San Juan.

    "Someday Came" is now leased and her new handler is enjoying a cutting edge brand new Garmin Marine Electronics package, rebuilt headliners and very attractive interest-free terms. 

    Her Donor received an attractive tax deduction from a safe reputable charity and the yacht broker received far compensation as well. 

    The proceeds from her lease are actively and directly helping at-risk youth separate a troubled past from a bright future. 
  • Donation Updates: Manifesto

    by Jorge Mahauad | Feb 19, 2019
    In November 2018, Joe Longobardi at United Yacht Sales and Dudley Savage fromAMIkids facilitated the contribution of this amazing 39' 2008 Tiara 3900 Sovran.

    "Manifesto" is now leased and her new handler is enjoying rebuilt IPS drives and very attractive interest-free terms. Her Donor received an attractive tax deduction from a safe reputable charity and the yacht broker received far compensation as well.

    The proceeds from her lease are actively and directly helping at-risk youth separate a troubled past from a bright future.

    39' 2008 Tiara 3900 Sovran

    That's the power of Yacht Donation.

    Think Donation, Give it to the Kids!
  • Donation Updates: INSIGNIA

    by Jorge Mahauad | Feb 18, 2019
    This gorgeous 2004 82' Lyman Morse came to us through Skip Denison from Denison Yacht Sales and Dudley Savage at the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program earlier this year.

    Yacht donated to AMIkids

    We worked on her for for several months in hundreds of punch items. The highlights of our material improvements included fully servicing her C-18 engines and generators, dry docking for new cutlass bearings, fully reconditioning her propellers and a number of comfort and cosmetic upgrades.

    Insignia was recently leased and is now ready to provide her new handler with fantastic experiences out at sea. But that's not all, the proceeds from her lease will directly help at-risk youth start a promising future.

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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