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Puffer restoration

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  1. JMChristiansen


    Joined May 25, 2016
    1 posts, 0 likes
    AMF Puffer
    US Detroit, MI Detroit
    I am restoring an AMF puffer 12 foot. I should have some pictures up of the boat soon. When I got it, it did not come with a boom. Are there any people who sell them or other booms that would fit? I plan to use the flawless factory sails.

  2. catluckenbach


    Joined Oct 5, 2016
    2 posts, 0 likes
    AMF Alcort Puffer
    US North Georgia Hiawassee, Georgia
    I too am restoring a Puffer! I acquired a 1980 AMF Puffer from a neighbor 3 months ago (I drove by it everyday - watching it just waste away in his yard) - offered him $200 and it was a done deal! (or so I thought) This little Puffer project has taught me so much more that I ever thought I needed to know about a 12.5 foot Dinghy! Lot's o' trial and error. Parts ordered - parts returned. Epoxy verses Filler. Gel coat or Brightside. Tipping - Rolling. Mahogany or white oak - what stain - what varnish to use. Hunting and pecking for original parts - Racelite - Kenyon - Bailer. Still can not find Hiking Straps or original Oars for the locks. Please let me know what you have learned. Thank you, Cat

  3. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,290 posts, 575 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS

  4. RussC


    Joined Sep 11, 2015
    1,038 posts, 376 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Vagabond 17. Oregon lakes
    I owned/sailed a Puffer for a wile, several years ago. A very fun little boat if you're sailing solo.
    I made my own hiking straps out of seat belt webbing, purchased on-line. As I recall, I got the oar locks (and oars) via Amazon which had smaller shanks so I made spacers out of pvc pipe. These days I make my own standing rigging, but as I recall Salty Dog Marine had them ready made for the Puffer also.

  5. catluckenbach


    Joined Oct 5, 2016
    2 posts, 0 likes
    AMF Alcort Puffer
    US North Georgia Hiawassee, Georgia
    Thank you for the info! I have joined the Yahoo Puffer Group - not much action on their threads but made a few really good connections with fellow Puffers. I found Hiking Straps just about an hour ago - think I'm going with the 420s - they look like a good fit?! I'm restoring this dinghy for my daughters b-day - almost done! Her birthday is next week - gotta be done!!!

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