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AMF Apollo
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Description: AMF Apollo
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed May 24, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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15' 9" sailing dinghy, centerboard, main and jib. Designed by Bruce Kirby, designer of the Laser; with sails by Hans Fogh. The mainsail has reefing points. The jib has roller furling. There are hiking straps, and the boat likes to be sailed flat, so they get used. The cockpit is ample but there's little storage. The jibstay is the forestay, but there's another, bungee-loaded forestay, too.

The boat is fast, very fun, more stable than it looks, and has enough standard hardware to stock a little chandlery. It's a good trainer for a larger boat.

Check the hardware, which is a little on the light side, and where the centerboard trunk attaches and the centerboard pivots. Also check where the board under the mast step screws to the fiberglass forward of the mast.

This is an altogether fun boat. It's got plenty of performance and handles well. It's easy to trailer and launch and retrieve.

Both the rudder and the centerboard have airfoil sections.

Useful additions would be a mast crutch and a genoa, neither of which come with the stock boat.

I have a how-to-rig-the boat description if you need one; email me. It takes me about an hour by myself. I also have most of a copy of the owner's manual which I can send via snail-mail. And there is (5/20/2000) now a web site, www.apollosailor.com.








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Review Date: Fri January 31, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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There are less than 1000 of these built, and at one time the Apollo seemed to be a popular choice for yacht club racing. This is a well designed 16'racer by Bruce kirby with North Sails as a standard feature designed by Hans Fohg. The rigging is complete, including boom vang, cuningham and outhaul, traveller, and a powerbox to control jib halyard tension. The jib has adjustable cars and a furler. The spars are of high quality, made by Kenyan, with wire internal halyards for main and jib.The hull is designed for speed, with a rounded bottom and long, sharp bow, and powerful sailplan. Unlike most racers that have no seats at all, the Apollo has comfortable wrap around seats like a daysailor. I now own two of these boats, and have never sailed a faster, more responsive boat. I can not recommend this one for beginners or family cruisers.If you love to sail and don't mind hiking way out sometimes, this boat will challenge your sailing skills and reward you with high performance. This is sailing on the ragged edge.It is designed for a crew of two to four, so plan to sail double handed, especially in heavy winds. In light winds, single handed sailing is possible, and the mainsail can be reefed.The boat is well built, the hardware is quality, and most parts can be still be purchased except the centerboard and rudder assembly.
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