Posts Tagged 'AMF'

old style Sunfish rudder repair [video]

Shoreline Sailboats just posted a great video showing some of the steps and process of converting an older style Sunfish rudder to the current rudder system.

Small Boat Restoration also has a good blog post “sunfish rudder conversion” about this same upgrade, with a lot of photos of the process as well.

old style rudder (photo by Small Boat Restoration)

new style rudder (photo by Small Boat Restoration)

all 1972 and newer Sunfish are equipped with the current “new” style of rudder, so this only applies to those of you who have currently, or are looking to buy, an older Sunfish.  back then, the manufacturer of the Sunfish was AMF, and they released a write-up with the procedure to upgrade the rudder.


force five friday

this one is for you, Joe!


a teenage boy was setting up this Force 5 this afternoon at Pontiac Yacht Club as I was picking my 2 older boys up from their last day of sailing camp for this summer.  looks pretty nice!

timelessness of sailing


There’s a timelessness and total involvement about sailing which takes you away from city streets exhaust, concrete modular structures, world affairs, and business conflicts. 

Today’s pressures and sense of urgency seem to evaporate when mixed by a sail in the wind.

– AMF Alcort “The Fun of Sailing” publication (c. 1976)

sailing a restored ’76 Minifish [video]

a few days ago while browsing the messages at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group, I saw a neat sailing video posted of a recently restored 1976 Minifish.

there are also has some great pictures of the restoration project at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group.

the Minifish sailboat is similar to a Sunfish, but is slightly smaller.  the Minifish sail area is 65 square feet (compared to the 75 square feet sail on the Sunfish).  the hull of the Minifish was about 2 feet shorter, and only weighed 75 lbs, so a little more than half the weight of a Sunfish.  AMF (the producer of the Sunfish at that time) introduced the Minifish to their product line in 1971 and continued making them until the early 1980’s.  this vintage ad from the 1970’s compares the Sunfish and Minifish.

amf sunfish, minifish

AMF/Alcort Hilu sailboat vintage ads

hey Joe! here’s another couple vintage ads for that AMF Hilu sailboat with the outrigger.

it looks like it shares similar parts to the Sunfish (and probably several of the other models offered by AMF/Alcort).  the sail area is 65 square feet so probably the same sail as the Minifish, and slightly smaller than the Sunfish sail at 75 square feet.  more information and additional pictures can be found at this site: AMF Hilu.

thanks again to blackbelair for posting the brochures and specifications over at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group.

AMF/Alcort vintage sailboat ads

here are some pretty cool brochures from 1973 showing off the Sunfish sailboat, as well as some of it’s siblings that were offered at the time by the manufacturer AMF Alcort.  there is the slightly smaller Minifish and Sailfish, as well as the Puffer, Force 5, and Flying Fish, and 2 oddballs – the Hilu and the SeaMoth II. (click on the pictures for larger versions of each picture.)

thanks to blackbelair from over at the Yahoo Sunfish Sailor Group for permission to post these vintage brochures.  I think that the Sunfish is the only one of these sailboats still in production (although now being manufactured by Laser Performance).  and the current price is $4220, just a bit more than the 1973 price of $599.

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