AMF Corp.

1900 - 2012

AMF was founded in New York in 1900 as American Machine and Foundry, a manufacturer of industrial equipment for the tobacco industry. After World War II the company moved into the sport of bowling and AMF automated bowling equipment and bowling centers became profitable business ventures.
During the late 1960s AMF expanded into other leisure based industries including Hatteras, Slickcraft, and Crestliner power boats, as well as Alcort sailboats.
In 1985, a Minnesota-based company called Minstar, Inc. bought the company, recognized that bowling was its biggest strength and sold off most of the other divisions.
In 2009 the company was owned by a Chicago‑based private investment firm Code Hennessy and Simmons, LLC. and maintained its brand association with bowling.
AMF filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2012. It merged with Bowlmar and, along with Brunswick Corp., became Bowlmar AMF.
(last edit 4/2017)

Sailboats Built By AMF Corp.

(Dates indicate when boat was first built by any builder)

Model LOA First Built
AMF 2100 21.08 ft / 6.43 m 1980
APOLLO 16 15.75 ft / 4.80 m 1977
FLITE 12 11.75 ft / 3.58 m 1971
FLYING FISH 14.00 ft / 4.27 m 1970
FORCE 5 13.83 ft / 4.22 m 1972
HILU 14.00 ft / 4.27 m 1972
MINIFISH 11.75 ft / 3.58 m 1971
MINIFISH II 11.75 ft / 3.58 m 1971
PUFFER (AMF) 12.50 ft / 3.81 m 1972
PY 23 (PACESHIP) 22.58 ft / 6.88 m 1973
PY 26 (PACESHIP) 26.33 ft / 8.03 m 1972
SEA MOTH II 16.00 ft / 4.88 m 1966
SUNBIRD 16 (AMF) 15.92 ft / 4.85 m 1975
SUNFISH 13.83 ft / 4.22 m 1952
SUPER SAILFISH MKII 13.58 ft / 4.14 m 1959
SUPER SUNFISH 13.83 ft / 4.22 m 1974
TRAC-14 14.08 ft / 4.29 m 1980
TRAC-16 16.42 ft / 5.00 m 1983
TRAC-18 18.00 ft / 5.49 m 1982
ZUMA 12.75 ft / 3.89 m 1984


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