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AMIkids Yacht Donation Program

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  • Webinar: Using Yacht Donation in a Sellers Market

    by Jorge Mahauad | Oct 05, 2020
    St. Petersbug, FL

    We enjoyed the privilege of having Jeff Stanley from Gilman Yachts of Fort Lauderdale join us for a webinar about Yacht Donation and How to use it in a Sellers Market. It was a fantastic conversation, and Jeff was magnificent and always on point. Enjoy a 20' edit of the audio stream with some visual aids to learn Jeff's expert advice.

    About Jeff Stanley:

    Jeff started his Yacht Brokerage career in 1980, soon after graduating college. Starting as a new boat dealer gave him a constant stream of leads that was able to propel him into mainstream brokerage sales, where he is still very active 40 years later. 

    Since the year 2000, he has been at the helm of Gilman Yachts, where he maintains a collection of 25-30 listings at all times, concentrating in power yachts between 40 and 120 feet.  Jeff is also the number one individual broker in terms of the number of yacht donations for AMIkids. Since 2015, Jeff has facilitated a total of 6 contributions for our organization.

  • We're Hiring: Join our Facilitator Team!

    by Jorge Mahauad | Oct 05, 2020
    St. Petersburg, FL 

    AMIkids is hiring a Yacht Donation Facilitator, probably the coolest job in the marine industry.

    This is a unique role for unique individuals. Think of it as a sales or business development position with unlimited growth potential, incredible flexibility, potentially one of the most relevant missions in modern society and a monthly base salary. 
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    Our Team (left to right): Jorge A. Mahauad (Marketing), Mike Thornton (President and CEO), Dudley Savage (Facilitator), Kelly Collins (Business Adminitration), Jordan Carroll (former employee), Matt Frye (Boatyard Director), Roger Herd (Facilitator). Not pictured is Bob Dupuy (Project Manager) 

    Here’s the informal, unofficial job description:

    Our Yacht Donation Facilitators are responsible for securing and developing yacht donations. We will support your efforts with a proven methodology, provide some leads, and a CRM system. 

    Your job as a facilitator is to successfully walk the central listing agent, owner, or other decision-makers through the donation process. You won't be doing this alone; we have a team with decades of experience to support you. Once you have a prospect, you will be in charge of analyzing the condition of a wide variety of watercraft, and generating cost estimates associated with restoration/improvement work. 

    After a donation is secured, you will then be responsible for supervising the restoration/improvement of the vessel. This portion involves suggesting what should be improved, potential vendors or alternatives, traveling to oversee execution, etc. Knowledge of boats, yachts, vendors, the industry, marine systems is the set of skills we want. You don’t have to be an expert project manager who can list all the types of propulsion systems in the market, but you do have to be good at listening, analyzing and making risk-adverse, common sense decisions.

    Once the improvements are complete, you will also work with the brokerage community to sell or lease the yacht. Knowledge about brokerage, contracts, the process of surveying a vessel, are all desired skills. 

    Another component of this position: As you prospect and develop relationships, we need you to help our mission by transforming boat donors, lessees and marine industry professionals into advocates for our mission, helping at-risk youth. 

    If you are interested in reading the actual job description, click here.

    This job is a fantastic opportunity for self-driven and motivated individuals who thrive in his/her relationships with others, is sharp, engaging, and loves the thrill of the deal. 

  • World cruising aluminium sloop 'Chimera' donated to AMIkids

    by Jorge Mahauad | Sep 08, 2020
    Thanks to Hank Halsted at Northtop & Johnson for facilitating the contribution of 102' 2002 Alloy Yachts Sloop Chimera

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    Developed by Fontaine Design Group and constructed by Alloy Yachts, 'Chimera' features an attractive modern yet classically inspired profile, a high volume interior, and sleek and powerful sailing lines. She can accommodate up to 7 people on board and has approximately four professional crew. 

    This Aluminium luxury yacht has sailed around the world twice. She has an LOA of 102' 6" / 31.21m, beam is 26' /  7.31m, and her draft is 10' 9" / 3.28m. Chimera's last refit was completed in 2008.

    Alloy Yachts is a New Zealand based custom builder of luxury sailing yachts and motor yachts from 30m (100ft) to 68m (220ft).  Alloy Yachts is recognized as one of the leading superyacht builders globally and mainly specializes in high-quality luxury sailing yachts.
  • Llano del Mar

    by Jorge Mahauad | Aug 17, 2020
    Thanks to Mark Parker at HMY for facilitating the contribution of "Llano del Mar" a 2006 Grand Banks Aleutian RP. 


    She has a Tom Fexas-designed, semi-displacement modified-deep-V hull and is a fuel-efficient vessel while cruising at around 21-knots. Equipped with upgraded twin CAT C30 1550HP can reach top speeds of 25 knots.

    The popular Aleutian 72 RP is a cockpit model and has expansive staterooms and ample common areas. Llano del Mar has the preferred three-stateroom layout, which includes office space and separate crew quarters. 

    Currently docked in Nort Palm Beach, Llano del Mar will be undergoing improvements in the upcoming weeks. Once the improvements are complete, she will be available for an operating lease with interest-free terms.

    For more information about this stunning 72' Aleutian, please contact Mark Parker. To learn more about our lease program or yacht donation, contact us or join our mailing list.
  • Second Gallant Lady contributed to AMIkids

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jul 07, 2020
    Jeff Stanley at Gilman Yachts just facilitated the contribution of Comanche, an 87' 1985 Feadship Yachtfish.

    Comanche was built as the younger of two GALLANT LADY Feadship Sportfisherman yachts. The donation of her older sister (PATRIOT) to AMIkids in 2014 is now one of the landmarks signaling the beginnings of the 'modern' AMIkids Yacht Donation program.

    PATRIOT - 1984   87' Feadship

    When Comanche and Patriot were built, there were no large pedigree "Yacht Fisherman" on the water. Today, large sportfish like these are an exquisite market, almost a collectible. The trends have dictated newer, larger, and faster Sportfisherman, yet none have the class, grace, or quality of a Feadship. 

    Work and craftsmanship have gone into upgrading her systems and features, yet her original Feadship features remain intact.

    Comanche represents a fabulous opportunity for the modern sportfishing aficionado interested in a medium-sized classic yacht-fish with all the features and comfort of state or the art vessels.  Read article

  • Get ready to "Tango"

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jun 22, 2020

    Thanks to Mike Scalisi at HMY for facilitating the donation of "Tango" to the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program.

    53' 2003  Tarquin Trader

    TANGO is a 2003 53' Tarquin Trader. A two-owner yacht, she was custom built for as the perfect family cruiser or live aboard vessel. 

    Tango features a unique full beam master aft layout with two guest staterooms forward and a shared head. Built with all the comforts of home, she is designed for a cruising lifestyle. 

    She has a large open-air aft deck with factory hardtop, dinette and a wet bar. The low profile flybridge is easy to access and very social. 

    Tango is currently in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Once improvements are complete she will be available for lease with interest-free terms. Contact Mike Scalisi for details.


    by Jorge Mahauad | Jun 20, 2020
    St. Petersburg, FL

    Recently facilitated by Northrop & Johnson's Hank Halsted, TUMBLEHOME is a 97' 27.43m luxury yacht, built by Lyman-Morse and delivered in 1997

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    Her top speed is 23.0kn and she boasts a maximum cruising range of 750.0nm at 20.0kn with power coming from two 1950.0hp Caterpillar C-32 diesel engines. 

    She was designed by C. Raymond Hunt, and with interior design by Lisa Pirofsky.

    TUMBLEHOME can accommodate up to 6 people with 3 crew members waiting on their every need. She is currently docked at Safe Harbor Wickford Cove in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

    Improvements will start in the upcoming weeks, and once completed she will be available as an operating lease, and with interest-free terms.

    Contact Hank for additional details on this amazing Lyman-Morse.
  • Jess Conn - 29.6m Hargrave

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jun 15, 2020

    St. Petersburg, FL

    Thanks to Trevor Carroll at Fraser Yachts for facilitating the donation of JESS CONN, a 97' motor yacht motor built by Hargrave in Taiwan. 

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    She was designed by J.B. Hargrave Yacht Design, and the interior design was created by Yacht Interiors by Shelley. Her top speed is 24.0kn and her power comes from two 1550.0hp Caterpillar C-30 diesel engines. She can accommodate up to 9 people with 5 crew members waiting on their every need.

    Jess Conn is currently at Maximo Marina in St. Petersburg, FL. She will undergo improvements in the upcoming weeks, then made available for lease with interest-free terms to a qualified individual. 

    Previously "Sea Bee I", Trevor Carroll can provide details and information. Contact hom at 954.647.5217.

  • Sally Jo, a true New England-style lady.

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jun 01, 2020
    Originally built in 1990 by the acclaimed Lyman Morse Shipyard in Maine, she was completely and totally refit in 2005 by the Craftsman at Front Street Shipyard in Maine. 

    She has been maintained without regard to cost, with the attitude if something is looking a little warn it is replaced immediately. This Classic Ray Hunt is in first-class condition with continuous upgrades, including recent engines and generator and updated electronics. She is also about to undergo more improvements as part of the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program.

    To learn more about Sally Jo and schedule a viewing please contact Northrop & Johnson Group President and Sales Broker Bruce Leffers
  • Gettin' Lost - 62' 2007 Offshore

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jun 01, 2020
    Thanks to Skip Denison for facilitating the Yacht Donation of this 62' 2007 Offshore. After improvements, "Gettin Lost" will be available for lease with interest-free terms. All proceeds will support AMIkids programs in 10 states.

    Her owners decided to move up to a larger Offshore 80. After being in the market for a while, they decided to consider yacht donation as an alternative. Upon successful sea trial and survey, AMIkids took care and custody of this fantastic pilothouse motor yacht last week.

    Relocated to St. Petersburg, FL over the weekend, she will be undergoing improvements in the next few weeks. Then made available for lease, with interest-free terms to a qualified individual.

    Please contact Skip Denison for additional details.
  • WEBINAR: Using Yacht Donation in the COVID-19 Environment

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 24, 2020
    Join our Webinars to learn why Yacht Donation is the tool everyone is talking about right now.

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  • Watch Roy Merritt endorse AMIkids

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 01, 2020
    Watch Roy Merritt, Owner and CEO of Merritt Boat and Engine Works in Palm Beach endorse the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program and explain why AMIkids is his charity of choice for high profile yacht donations.

  • GRINDSTONE, original and timeless design

    by Jorge Mahauad | Mar 03, 2020
    81' 1977 Broward Motor Yacht

    Built by Broward Yachts (hull 159) at the Saugatuck yard, 81' megayacht Grindstone was delivered to her owner in 1977. 

    81' 1977 Broward Motor Yacht

    Later renamed Pyewacket, she spent 30 years under the same owners, she gave years of incredible experiences - from the Bahamas to Maine. 

    During those 30 years, the same meticulous captain has kept a relentless commitment to care, maintenance, and upgrades. Pyewacket (now Grindstone again) was last refitted in 2005. There is very little that is original, although all the upgrades have been in keeping with the original and timeless design. 

    81' 1977 Broward Motor Yacht

    Her sophisticated exterior was styled by the Broward team, who was also responsible for the entire engineering package. Grindstone was featured in the 'World Class' section of Yachting Magazine in August 1984.

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    Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings, and sumptuous seating feature throughout to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere with a classic yachting style appeal. Grindstone's interior layout sleeps up to 6 guests in 3 staterooms. She is also capable of carrying up to 3 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. 

    Recently donated to AMIkids, Grindstone is currently undergoing improvements in Stuart, FL. She will be available for lease with interest-free terms and featured at the Palm Beach International Boat Show March 26 - 29, 2020. Contact Chris DeMillo for details.

    All the proceeds from yacht donation sales and leases support the AMIkids mission of helping at-risk kids and juvenile offenders in 10 states.
  • Black Tip, a must-see 61’ 4-stateroom Caterpillar powered Sportfish

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jan 28, 2020
    Black Tip is a 60’ class custom boat with a 4-stateroom layout and Caterpillar power. She is an absolute “must-see” for anyone looking in this marketplace.

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    Her original owner had the boat built from Buddy Davis in 2001, and she has been maintained by a knowledgeable captain and his thorough crew since new. She was recently donated to the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program. This amazing sportfish is currently in St. Pete, Florida, where she will be upgraded before being available for lease with interest-free terms. 

    61 2001 Buddy Davis Black Tip

    In 2014, BLACK TIP completed 1.2M refit in Stuart. Repairs and upgrades included overhauls of both Caterpillar 3412 engines, a complete paint job, new teak cockpit decks/covering boards, updated electronics and A/V equipment, system replacements, and two new Northern Lights generators. Other upgrades included a new ice chipper, new Sea Recovery water maker, modern interior soft goods, and the list goes on. 

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    BLACK TIP is genuinely an incredible opportunity and value in today’s marketplace.  Contact Cole Watkins at Allied Marine to obtain additional details and to arrange a private showing.

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jan 13, 2020
    Thanks to Andre Bouse and The Hinckley Company for facilitating the donation of this 38’ 2008 Hinckley Express to the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program.
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    MARIGOT is currently receiving some improvements in St. Petersburg, FL and will be available for lease with interest-free terms soon.

    AMIkids helps at-risk kids and juvenile offenders through a multitude avenues. In over 50 years, the organization has served 140,000 youth and currently operated 46 programs in 10 states.

    All yacht donation proceeds support our mission to help our kids develop responsible and productive citizens.

  • Moonglow

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jan 08, 2020
    Jay Bettis recently facilitated the contribution of this beautiful 53' 2003 Grand Banks Eastbay.

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    "Moonglow" can be viewed near Houston, in Kemha, Texas.
    She will be available for lease very soon. To schedule a viewing please contact Jay Bettis at Sea Lake Yachts

    "Moonglow" has the preferred 54 SX accommodation plan with 2 staterooms, 2 heads and a huge lower galley with adjoining office. This vessel has been continually updated and shows very well.

    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
  • A true milestone. 120' 2008 Benetti donated to AMIkids

    by Jorge Mahauad | Dec 10, 2019
    Thanks to Neil Emmott at Superyacht Sales and Charter for facilitating the contribution of a 120' 2008 Benetti

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    The donation of "Believe" to AMIkids constitutes a real milestone in the history of our program. After 50 years in the industry and 6,000 vessel contributions, AMIkids has become a true leader in the yacht donation services sector. 

    Believe is currently docked at Lauderdale Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Slip XY. An 'exclusive broker' open house will take place on Tuesday, December 17th, from 2 to 6 pm. Brokers are invited to obtain a unique sneak peek of the vessel and to interact with colleagues in the industry. 

    After substantial work is complete, the 120' Benetti will be available for lease with interest-free terms.

    For additional information or to RSVP for the open-house event, please contact Neil Emmott at 954.205.0066
  • ZINGER, a 36' Classic Picnic Hinckley

    by Jorge Mahauad | Dec 03, 2019
    ZINGER is a Classic Picnic Boat. Designed by Bruce King and built by Hinckley Yachts, she will deliver refined and stylish head-turning transportation anywhere you go.

    36' 1997 Hinckley Picnic Boat Classic

    Thanks to Phil Bennett at the Hinckley Yachts office in Maine for facilitating this contribution. Zinger is currently at the AMIkids Boatyard in St. Petersburg, FL, where she will undergo material improvements. She will be available for lease soon with interest-free terms. To schedule a viewing, please contact John Fordon at 239-438-0131.

    36' 1997 Hinckley Picnic Boat Classic
  • DOUBLE X, a 78' True Performance Bluewater Cruiser

    by Jorge Mahauad | Nov 26, 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. 

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    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

AMIkids is the go-to team for yacht donations. Their program is designed to follow strict protocol to protect the donor following current IRS guidelines all the while utilizing the donated proceeds for youth educational schooling throughout the country. – Lon McCloskey, Worth Avenue Yachts Worth Avenue Yachts
In every instance, AMIkids has handled my clients’ donations in a very professional manner and with the donors’ best interest in mind. I recommend AMIkids and nobody else. With AMIkids, my clients come away with the great feeling that they have helped make a difference in troubled kids lives! – Jud Black, Bluewater Yacht Sales Bluewater Yacht Sales
We have been fortunate to have a relationship with AMIkids over several years and to be a part of what they accomplish so well. AMIkids motivates the community to give back and in doing so provides children and adults alike opportunities to share, learn, give and grow. We look forward to a lasting involvement with AMIkids! – Roy Merritt, Merritt’s Boat & Engine Works Brokerage Merritts Boat Brokerage
Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Yachting, AMIkids is able to spread more awareness about our programs and how the yachting community can help youth around the nation achieve a brighter tomorrow. – Michael Thornton, AMIkids, Inc.  -  Visit: Yachting.comYachting_Logo