AMIkids Beaufort selling boats to raise funds

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With needs ranging from a new drinking water well to an upgraded laundry room, AMIkids Beaufort is selling six boats donated by residents to help raise money.

The boats include a 15-foot Boston Whaler, a 22-foot Mako and 22-foot Catalina sailboat ranging in price from $2,500 to $10,000.

“Our program has its roots in the water, helping young men who made mistakes in life find a new direction in life by learning about the water,” said John Huntley, chairman of the AMIkids Beaufort Board of Directors. “With the generous donation of these boats to our program, once we sell them we’ll be able to take care of some critical needs at our facility.”

The residential facility in Dale provides not only education but numerous hands-on educational opportunities, treatment and behavior modification. AMIkids also partners with eight community service projects throughout Beaufort County. Only male teens convicted of non-violent offenses can participate. Students work toward their high school equivalency diplomas.

A recent addition to AMIkids Beaufort is a welding program. Young men who successfully complete the training can earn certificates needed for employment in businesses such as auto body repair, aircraft manufacturing and even work in nuclear power plants.

The boats for sale include:

• 1995 Mako 22-foot with  2008 Mercury 225 outboard engine low usage, $8,000

• 1996 Grady White “Seafarer” 22-foot with Johnson 225tx outboard engine, $7,500

• 2004 Chaparral 18-foot inboard/outboard, $6,500

• 1977 Catalina 22-foot sailboat with 1991 Suzuki outboard motor 9.9 hp, $2,500

• 1996 Parker walkaround deep vee 23-foot with 2006 Yamaha outboard 225 hp., with trailer, $10,000

• 1995 Boston Whaler Rage 15-foot jet drive runabout (no price set yet).

For more details about the boats, please call James Rivers, director at AMIkids Beaufort, 843- 846-2128 or beaufort-ed@amikids.org.

“We are so appreciative of the people who donated these boats to our program, so that we can sell them and raise some much-needed money for AMIkids Beaufort,” Huntley said.

“AMIkids Beaufort is a leader in helping young men find a fresh start toward a better life,” Huntley said. “Our staff puts in long hours and the young men put in their best effort — and as a result we see great accomplishments.”

Visit www.amikidsbeaufort.org for more information.