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  • Just Priceless!

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 30, 2021
    Thanks to Eric Frank and Allied Marine for facilitating the contribution of this 56' 2007 Pershing. 

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    Currently, in Aquebogue, N.Y 'PRICELESS' will be available soon with interest-free lease terms to a qualified individual. All the proceeds from this transaction will help support the mission of AMIkids in 222 counties nationwide.

    For additional information about this yacht contact Cole Watkins at Allied Marine. To learn more about how AMIkids helps vulnerable youth separate a troubled past from a bright future, or to explore yacht donation as an alternative to selling your vessel, contact us.
  • Custom Sportfish available soon!

    by Jorge Mahauad | Apr 19, 2021
    Bob O'Brien at IYC recently facilitated the contribution of this Custom-Built 2018 54' French Express.

    She has 350 hours on her CAT C-18 engines which are under warranty until 2023 and will be available soon!

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  • Why I decided to support AMIkids BEYOND yacht donations? A perspective from Neil Emmott | SYSAC

    by Jorge Mahauad | Mar 24, 2021
    A perspective from Neil Emmott | Partner at SYSAC
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    St. Petersburg, FL


    In 2019, Neil Emmott facilitated his first transaction for AMIkids. Neil helped donate the 120' Benetti "Believe", one of the most significant yachts ever to be contributed to AMIkids.

    Throughout the contribution process, Neil learned the impact of yacht donations in the youth we serve, and also about the harsh reality some of our kids endure.

    "It struck me —supporting AMIkids is a way in which I can pay-back. I got involved in helping kids in rough environments make better choices and get on a better route to success."



    Eventually, Neil got involved beyond the yacht donation transaction and was recently voted into the Board of Trustees of our program in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Through his service and decication, Neil has already created a lasting impact in our efforts to rebuild our pool in Fort Lauderdale and expand our reach in the yacht brokerage community and the marine industry. 

    To learn more about the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program visit AMIkids.org/YachtDonation, to support AMIkids Greater Fort Lauderdale rebuild its pool, give online at give.AMIkids.org/GFL. You can learn more about Neil and Superyacht Sales and charter here.



  • AMIkids Yacht Donation featured in Megayacht News Radio

    by Jorge Mahauad | Mar 17, 2021
    Thanks to Megayacht News for hosting our colleague Dudley Savage on her podcast last week. You can listen to the 20' Yacht Donation episode on the Megayacht News Radio page or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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    Megayacht News Radio became the first-ever podcast series in the superyacht industry back in 2009. Each episode is an in-depth interview designed to help you learn more, to better enjoy your favorite pastime.


  • Custom Brooklin Yacht Sonny III donated to AMIkids

    by Jorge Mahauad | Feb 01, 2021

    St. Petersburg, FL
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    AMIkids is pleased to announce the donation of 'SONNY III' through Hank Halsted (N&J). Sonny III (2018) is the third sailboat donated to AMIkids by this Owner since 1976.

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    SONNY III is a custom cold-molded sloop built for high-performance cruising and designed for daysailing and blue-water passages. She was a larger replacement for the Owner's former 70-foot yacht, built by Brooklin Boat Yard, and donated to AMIkids in 2017.  

    Construction on SONNY III took 18 months. Her design by Bruce Johnson and the Brooklin Boat Yard design office saw multiple revisions by the Owner - a retired senior with limited mobility who requested a yacht with more accessibility and was heavily involved in the process.

    Dubbed a 'Super Sloop' by Megayacht News, the real achievement in Sonny III wasn't just the overly aggressive 18-month delivery timeline but also pushing the design and building teams towards considering accessibility and mobility as they created a high-performance luxury classic sloop.

    SONNY III is also a story about repeat business and philanthropy. The relationship between AMIkids and the donor started in 1976, when Alan Learch — then AMI employee, now yacht broker with Allied Marine, facilitated a Whitby 42' sailboat in favor of AMIkids.   

    Sonny I launched in 2000, and was contributed to a charity in Maine in 2010. A twin sister, Sonny II, was delivered in 2013. AMIkids received the contribution of Sonny II in 2017, right as Sonny III's build was underway.   


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    Additional Reading:

    Brooklin Boat Yard launches custom sloop Sonny III - Superyacht Times
    SONNY a Brooklin Boat Yard Yacht - Charter World
    Super Sloop SONNY III, solving accessibility challenges - Megayacht News


  • AMIkids welcomes Lee Hutton as Facilitator for Yacht Donations

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jan 14, 2021

    St. Petersburg, FL


    We are pleased to announce that Lee Hutton has joined the AMIkids family as a Facilitator for Yacht Donations. Welcome Lee!

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    A yacht broker by trade, Lee started his career in 1994 and has been in the industry for over 25 years. Lee's yacht brokerage experience includes renowned firms such as Marine Max, Galati Yacht Sales, and Denison Yacht Sales.

    Lee's impressive knowledge of the brokerage community, experience as a marine surveyor, and valuable boat operator skills are a fantastic fit for a Facilitator role with AMIkids. A Bachelor of Sciences from USF, Lee also has a very proficient understanding of finance and accounting, a fundamental skill when dealing with donors and their charitable contributions.

    AMIkids Yacht Donation Facilitators are responsible for securing and developing yacht donations by successfully walking the central listing agent, owner, or other decision-makers through the donation process. 

    After a donation is secured, facilitators are 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. Lee's 3 year experience as a marine surveyour will certainly come in handy for this part of the job. 

    Once the improvements are complete, facilitators work with the brokerage community to sell or lease the yacht.

    A key component of a facilitator's position is to prospect and develop relationships and cultivate boat donors, lessees, and marine industry professionals into advocates for our mission to help vulnerable kids.

    As a 100 ton master with commercial assistance towing endorsement, Lee will also be a valuable asset for our marine education program, especially during the annual presidential dive challenge in the Florida Keys.
     



  • 'My Way'

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jan 11, 2021


    That's the translation of 'A Modo Mio', the name of a 40' 2003 Cabo SF recently contributed to the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program by Bill Martz at United Yacht Sales.

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    Amodo Mio is currently available as an outright sale.  We want to thank Bill and the donor for this contribution. 'Your' way will certainly help 'our' mission of helping at risk youth through valuable resources.

    For additional information about Amodo Mio, contact Bill Martz.


  • Introducing the finest Merritt 37' ever built

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jan 06, 2021
    ANDIAMO was the finest Merritt 37' ever built. The reason is simple; she was Roy Merritt's personal boat.

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    Wonderfully cared for throughout the years, she has received impressive updates. Andiamo is now an exceptional example of a classic day fishing boat with all the refinements & quality finishes that only a genuinely custom classic can offer.



    Facilitated by Brad Hunt, 'Andiamo' is now a part of the AMIkids Yacht Donation fleet. Currently lying at the Merritt's Boat and Engine Works yard, she will be be available for lease with interest free terms soon. All proceeds from her lease will support the AMIkids mission of helping vulnerable youth in 10 states. 



    For additional information about leasing Andiamo, contact Brad Hunt. To learn more about how yacht donations help at-risk kids separate a troubled past from a bright future contact us.



  • Closing the Decade: A Report on Yacht Donations

    by Jorge Mahauad | Dec 18, 2020


    As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to share our quinquennial report on yacht donations.

    Starting in January 2021, we will be sending hard copies to our donors, lessees, and business partners. In the meantime, feel free to flip some pages digitally. 
     


    Our yacht donation program would not exist without the support of our donors, lessees, and our yacht brokerage partners.

    Special thanks to the firms and individuals whose notable vessel contributions helped our mission in 2020.

    Allied Marine  
    Denison Yachting  
    DiMillo Yacht Sales  
    Down East Yachting  
    Fraser Yachts  
    Galati Yacht Sales  
    Gilman Yachts  
    HMY Yacht Sales  
    IYC  
    Merritt Boat & Engine Works  
    Northrop & Johnson  
    Tait Yachts


  • A rare find awaits... Are you the one?

    by Jorge Mahauad | Dec 01, 2020


    Thanks to Jon Mitchel at Galati Yacht Sales in Orange Beach, Alabama for facilitating the donation of this 106' 2016 Custom Houseboat.

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    "Le Colby Jean" is an incredible opportunity to purchase a very high-end custom houseboat at a fraction of the original build cost.

    She boasts 6 large staterooms plus crew quarters with heads, as well as a large galley and dining area with wet bar. It is fully furnished and is very well appointed with crown moldings, exotic wood, flooring, and stone countertops throughout. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a fantastic houseboat that would make a perfect mothership, fishing camp, or hunting camp for entertaining or just a getaway from today’s world. It’s fully self-contained and ready to set sail on its next voyage.

    The vessel is powered with twin Cummins diesel engines with thrusters on board as well for ease in maneuvering. With a very large deckhouse, it affords the maximum use of space and incorporates all of the comforts of home while at sea.

    For more information about leasing this houseboat please contact  Jon Mitchel at Galati Yacht Sales. All proceeds from yacht donations help support the AMIkids mission of helping at-risk youth in 10 states. 

  • A wonderful Friendship

    by Jorge Mahauad | Dec 01, 2020

    Thanks to Blade Hovekamp and  Bruce Tait for a wonderful working relationship and friendship. Tait Yachts is one of the yacht brokerage houses with the most number of donations to AMIkids in the past few years.

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    It is only fitting, that his last contribution to our yacht donation program is this 40' 2008 Friendship. The factory says it all in a very short but elegant way:

    "Impeccably designed, fast, beyond gorgeous, and built to an absolutely unmatched quality of perfection".

    Like the friendship between Tait Yachts and AMIkids, this sloop is built to win the thoughest races with grace. 

    For more information about Windbreaker, contact Blade Hovekamp. To learn more about the important work we do to help vulnerable kids overcome hardship for good, contact us.

  • You are Knot Dreamin'

    by Jorge Mahauad | Dec 01, 2020


    Thanks to Jennifer Richards at Down East Yachting for facilitating the contribution of Knot Dreamin'.

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    Knot Dreamin’ is a beautiful example of the Hinckley Talaria 29R, a head turning fast and smooth convertible equipped with the 435hp Volvo D-6 Common Rail Diesel, windlass, bow thruster, Hinckley JetStick, Color GPS/Plotter, Auto-pilot, and more. 

    Knot Dreamin' has been pampered by being stored indoors at the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club in Naples, FL. and kept with an 'open checkbook' policy.

    For additional information please contact Jennifer Richards at Down East Yachting.


  • Webinar: Using Yacht Donation in a Sellers Market

    by Jorge Mahauad | Oct 05, 2020
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    St. Petersbug, FL
    09/24/2020


    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
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    St. Petersburg, FL 
    10/05/2020


    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. 


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  • 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. 

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    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.

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    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.

      
  • TUMBLEHOME

    by Jorge Mahauad | Jun 20, 2020
    St. Petersburg, FL
    06/15/2020


    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

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    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.


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, Yacht Sales Professional       

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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

"We always knew about AMIkids, but in 2019 I became involved in a transaction and took an interest to learn about the work various schools do. It struck me —supporting AMIkids is a way in which I can pay-back.

I got involved in helping kids in rough environments make better choices and get on a better route to success. I was happy to be invited to join the board of trustees and help contribute in the ways that I can."

— Neil Emmott, Partner at Superyacht Sales and Charter

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