Call me Commodore…
Two boats does not a fleet make – butÂ it does make a Squadron!
Added a new boat this past week.Â I occasionally check Craigslist for Sailboats and the other day I found another Force5 listed.Â This boat was located down in Sierra Vista and I was not about to make a run that far to look at a boat.Â Emailed the owner and asked if he ever came up to the Phoenix area.Â He replied that he was headed through here the next day on his way to Flagstaff.Â I told him no promises but I was interested.Â The next morning at 6am here was at my door.Â Bought the boat and trailer for a reasonable price.
The hull number on this boat isÂ AMF18992M74I.Â Which means that this boat was built in September of 1974.
My current boat is just a few months older (July of 1974) with a hull number of AMF15360M74G.Â AMF built about 12,000 Force5’sÂ so the serial numbers of these two boats show them to be Â 3,632 boats apart
The lines for the Cunningham andÂ the Downhaul were missing while the line for the Vang is too short to be useable.Â No big deal.Â I’ll make a quick trip to West Marine to replace all the lines with new and the boat should be ready for a shakedown cruise out to Tempe Town Lake.
Next up will be to build a top bunk on the trailer to carry one of the boats inverted (deck-to-deck) with some support bars between the boats to cary the masts and booms.Â Then I can sell theÂ bigger powerboat trailer that the Red boat is currently sitting on.