For those unaware, I started my online sailing bloggery a long time ago, in a format far far away (email lists!), regarding a neat old sailboat AMF built in the ’70s called a Sunbird. To this day, I maintain the AMF Sunbird Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/amfsunbird/info and, to my great pleasure and surprise, the group has over 685 members! There are some great stories, pictures, and most important of all, great tips on repairing, maintaining, and sailing this neat little 16′ boat. I no longer have mine, as I sold it after buying a Chrysler 20 (not the far more common 22) which, as it turned out, was an erroneous move on my part, as the Sunbird was a much better Florida boat with it’s seriously shallow draft. The Sunbird, by the way, is the big sister of the AMF Puffer that I used earlier this year in my Everglades Challenge attempt. These are both great little sailboats that LOOK like the great little sailboats that they are. In any case, we’ve all been searching for a clear copy of the owners manual, and we finally have a decent one, thanks to the diligent effort of one of our members. I’ve converted it to a .doc format, and will be storing it here for the group to access as needed.
Happy sailing everybody, in whatever you’ve got…. being on the water is it’s own best reward!