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Friday, October 14, 2011

AMF 660 Hardtop Cabin Enclosed - Factory Overview

AMF 660 Hardtop Cabin Enclosed is 6.8mtr (21'8") heavy duty plate aluminium hull, pleasure boat. Constructed to commercial level for recreational boaters this boat can easily be put in to survey. Ideal for family boating, water sports like skiing and wake boarding, fishing, scuba and free diving. The enclosed wheel house with full length glass sliding door makes this an ideal boat for those wanting a little extra comfort in a trailer boat.

6mm Hull Plates
5mm Transom Plates
5mm Treadplate Floor 5251F
4mm Side plates
4mm Side Decks
3mm Shelf & Dodger/Hardtop
All Plate except Treadplate is 5083 Marine Grade
All Extrusions used are 6061T5
Underfloor Fuel Tank Size 220 Litres
Beam 2.45 mtrs
Length Over All 6.8 mtrs
Actual hull length 6.3 mtrs
Overall Trailing Length 8.75 mtrs (Tip of trailer draw bar to skeg on outboard tilted up)
Trailing weight with 220 liters of fuel 2,100kgs

A practical layout, standing or seated position for the skipper, controls and steering wheel lay comfortably to hand. A large skipper console for gauges and switches and large deep full length shelf for mounting electronics and storing the likes of charts, clothes, phones sunglasses etc. The Skipper has a fold Down seat this provides plenty of space when actively moving in and out of the skipper position. The Port side passenger seat consists of a large "L" shaped seat. this allows two crew to have a seat and ample room for storage under the seats. Optional seating can be added in the form of a centrally mounted ice bin with a three inch squab, or separate smaller ice bins that can be bungy hooked back to the side pockets or back shelf. A removable rear bench seat is another option. Both port and starboard sides there are storage compartments handy to both the skipper and passenger.two large windows fitted in the back wall allow good vision to the deck area, the walls below these windows are sound deadened.


The Vee Berth Cabin are is 2 meters long and is the smallest model specifically suitable as an over nighting hull or for day boating purposes this area is ideal for allowing children to shelter, or a couple of people can have a nap, the option of a center infill in the foot well can make this area even more suitable as a bunk. There is enough room for one adult to sit up right, the foot well is large enough for foot space. Two vinyl covered squabs have storage underneath. A back rest features both port and starboard side. In front of the squabs is a step to stand on while using the foredeck access hatch, a capstan foot switch can be mounted on this step. A plastic hatch provides access to the skipper console or basic fuse replacement type work, or the whole back cover can be removed for full service/rig up access. A large cover also can be removed to access, any radios or speakers mounted in the large parcel shelf area.

The bow sprite extends to fit a small plow style anchor, a quality bow roller is fitted with a pin to hold the rope in the fairlead, Split Bow rails constructed from heavy walled 32mm alloy tube, beautiful Tig welds, being low level means it is easy access the bow when pushing off a beach or ramp for example, also by keeping the bow rails low they are stronger and more likely to with stand being hooked up on a wharf for example. The lower part of the rail is a great hand hold while standing at the ramp or in the surf, and over all the bow rail has lots of style a shape to complement the lines of the foredeck and hull. The raised foredeck adds head room in the cabin, the rolled treadplate foredeck has long been a trademark look for the pro sport series, this is a strong shape, the treadplate offers a robust no nonsense non slip surface. A quality "Clue" hatch in the foredeck, provides safe access to the bow, it has four latches two provide a vent setting while the other two make the hatch lockable form the inside. Forward of the foredeck hatch is a generous self draining anchor bin, most often this model is optioned with a windlass deck mounted winch or another option is to leave the anchor bin open and have a mounting pad for a capstan winch. On the deck a AMF Custom made bow bollard is also incorporated.



The Hardtop (Wheel House) is enclosed with a full length sliding glass door. This door slides to the port side and can be latched open or locked closed from inside or outside the wheelhouse. The full glass door allows for excellent vision of the deck area from inside the wheel house. The back wall of the wheel house has two large windows. The three pillars in the forward window corners have heavy walled extrusion channeling to run cables and give strength to the wheelhouse structure. A large beam runs through the centre of the ceiling and this provides ample space for running cables for antennas and lighting etc. Either side of the this beam are handrails for over head hand holds. The Hardtop Cabin Enclosed is 300mm longer than the wheel house of the AMF 660 Hardtop Cabin to allow for the rear wall and sliding door. 6mm toughened glass windows in anodized alloy frames for both front and side windows, these are bonded and screwed in place. These windows offer excellent vision through flat glass. A wiper with fresh water washer can be optioned for the skippers forward windscreen. A fixed mount rocket launcher features six capped rod buckets and is mounted at the rear and of the wheelhouse and off this an all round white pole light is mounted and a flood deck light can be optioned. This rocket launcher is a great sturdy high point for towing wake-boarders. Handrails either side make access around the wheelhouse safe and sturdy, handrails also make great aerial mounts minimizing the amount of holes needing to be drilled through the roof. a walkway around the side of the wheelhouse is large enough for a good footing and provides safe access to and from the bow, maximizing the shoulder room inside the wheelhouse. LED port and starboard lights are mounted to the brow. When optioned Remote search lights and thermal imagining have been mounted on the roof of the wheel house. Handrails on the rear of the wheelhouse are mounted both Port and Starboard, angled inward knuckles are clear of winter chill factor. Carpet finishes most areas and vinyl panels cover the ceiling. A sturdy capet acts a floor covering and this can be lifted out to clean and dry.

Side decks are wide with excellent freeboard (940mm - 1000mm) and provide great seating for while at rest, fishing or gearing up for a dive, unobstructed (no rails) so gauges cant get hooked up when rolling over the side. There is plenty of toe space around the work area of the boat, this is provided by the wide side decks, and under the transom. Side pockets are generous in length and volume, ideal for a paddle, gaff, net or for those that like to store a rod and reel. The transom is enclosed and two large plastic hatches provide access through to the battery/storage areas on each side and access to the center fuel system area. The transom shelf is mounted high to protect the batteries in the unlikely event a large amount of water enters the boat, and also to provide a space for a standard 44 litre style fish bin to be placed either side. This deck space is also an ideal area to lay dive bottles (necks out), as the hull carries weight best toward the stern of the hull. Each stern corner features an AMF custom built cross bollard, built from the same quality material as the hull, these bollards offer the strength and corrosion resistance unmatched from off the shelf cast alloy or plastic bollards. Four rod holders, two in each side deck, made from composite plastic these offer superior corrosion resistance to stainless steel rod holders in and aluminium boat, but similar strength

The bait board when optioned features a simple but strong slanted single pole mount which is bolted to the transom, this provides positive hand holds when walking around the deck in heavier sea conditions and rattle free mounting. The fact that the bait board is bolted in place means this can also be used as a ski tow point and there is a lug welded to the rear of the bait board for doing this, some engine models can be too tall for this to be used effectively. Two rod buckets are mounted on the board and they have gimble pins and plastic caps, theses are ideal for trolling, extra rod storage, keeping your rods off the deck while re-baiting or just extra hand holds for divers boarding. There are hand rails either side and along the back edge, these great handholds or for tying lanyards to. The bait tray measures 550mm long x 350mm Wide x 40mm High, the front has a lowered edge for easier knife use. So this is a good strong functional bait board at a good height so you don't have to stoop and while using this station.

5mm Transom with an outboard bracket for a pod mounted engine set up. Engine pod is built tough, with the same pod used for 90hp-250hp over the varied AMF models. The engine pod doubles as a live bait set up, a flap covers the drainage and a venturi pick up on the transom delivers water to pod while on the run, an over flow backs on to the engine mounting area. At rest water in the live bait pod finds it's own level. A second water pick up enters the transom and is blanked off but can be connected to was down pump if optioned. Four 32mm hand rails on the stern are not only useful while boating or maneuvering the the boat on land, but the two inside rails also are used to run transducer and other cables to a high entry point on the transom, this way no holes need to be drilled below the water or even close to water level. A doubler pad is welded in place for the mounting of transducer brackets, this way mounting screws do not compromise the buoyancy compartment. AMF have their own custom made clamp for holding the engine looms and steering hoses, this keeps the rig up looking tidy helps prevent "wear and tear". A walk thru transom is a useful option for the 660 Hardtop Cabin Enclosed, side are higher than other models in the range and this entry and exit of the boat is made easier with a walkthru transom, the walk thru how ever is only about 50mm lower than a stand height sides. A auxiliary bracket can be welded on the starboard boarding platform and on the post platform a custom AMF dive ladder is fitted, this ladder folds against the sloped transom, and when in the water offers easy access for a fully kitted diver.

Pod mounting allows the outboard to be mounted higher this keeps the power head further out of the water and with the steering pivot point further back from the end of the hull plates this gives the boat an extended feel to its actual length. To support the extra weight of a four stroke floatation pods are built in under the boarding platforms, built with shape and style, these two separate floatation chambers perform well for both reversing and a swell approaching from the stern. Built into the buoyancy pods are cavities to allow the mounting of trim tabs when requested. This hull can be powered either two or four stroke outboard engines 200hp to 225hp up to 280kgs.

The AMF 660 Vee Berth Cabin is trailed on either a AMF Marine Trailer or a Voyager A22 multi roller tandem axle trailer. The Voyager is galvanized steel, 40 wobble rollers with double ups towards the stern to support the weight of an AMF hull, 165 x 13" 8 ply tyres, galvanized steel spoke rims. Rolled edge guards with flat tops for standing on, Galvanized spring suspension. LED trailer lights, The winch post is welded on solid and the double boomerang snub system hold the bow firmly, two point safety chain with turnbuckle tensioned the hull is prevented from moving forward or backwards on the trailer, And tie points for transom tie-downs. A quality winch and wind up jockey wheel are fitted, duo fit coupling will fit either 1"7/8 or 50mm ball size. Brakes are normally specified as 1500kg hydraulic override one axle, with stainless steel hoses and calipers. Each model of Voyager trailer has been designed to support the hull where it is strongest, set up to make fueling at a level fuel station a simple task and it looks just right!

Each AMF Marine Trailer is custom built to fit each AMF hull. Using 5083 Marine Grade Plate for the chassis construction. This is an aluminium frame built to an unrivalled standard.
Benefits :
No Galvanized frame to deteriorate,Very Quiet to tow with out wobble rollers,Self centers and levels every retrieve, Easy launch and retrieve, Slightly lighter than a quality steel trailer, Tows Beautifully, LOOKS FANTASTIC!
Features:
The frame is folded into a tapered C section with large radius bends. Large gussets strengthening joins correctly welded to prevent stress points. The hull sits on plastic skids and polyprop keel rollers. Nylon vee entry, the complete rear of the trailer will capture the hull and center every time. Rolled Guards are fitted and welded in place with large steps front and rear. Stainless Steel Safety chains with captive pin stainless steel D-Shackles. Stainless steel Brakes calipers and hoses, and LED trailer Lights Dual 1 7/8" and 50mm Coupling, Winch.

AMF 660 Hardtop Cabin Enclosed Gallery Click Here.

AMF 660 Hardtop Cabin Enclosed Website Click Here.

AMF Production Process Click Here.


Friday, October 7, 2011

AMF 580 Vee Berth Cabin - Factory Overview

AMF 580 Vee Berth Cabin is 5.8mtr (19ft) heavy duty plate aluminium hull, pleasure boat. Constructed to commercial level for recreational boaters this boat can easily be put in to survey. Ideal for family boating, water sports like skiing and wake boarding, fishing, scuba and free diving.

6mm Hull Plates
5mm Transom Plates
5mm Treadplate Floor 5251F
4mm Side plates
4mm Side Decks
3mm Shelf & Dodger
All Plate except Treadplate is 5083 Marine Grade
All Extrusions used are 6061T5
Underfloor Fuel Tank Size 120 Litres
Beam 2.25 mtrs
Length Over All 5.8 mtrs
Actual hull length 5.33 mtrs
Overall Trailing Length mtrs (Tip of trailer draw bar to skeg on outboard tilted up)
Trailing weight with 120 liters of fuel 1,480kgs

A practical layout, standing or seated position for the skipper, controls and steering wheel lay comfortably to hand. A large skipper console for gauges and switches and large deep full length shelf for mounting electronics and storing the likes of charts, clothes, phones sunglasses etc. two pedestal seats with quad action seat mounts, gas struts allow the seats to move forward for sitting and can be pushed back to give plenty of leg clearance for standing. The seats swivel and can be locked in any facing position. The plastic seat shells used have hand holds molded into them which is useful for extra crew standing behind the seats, along with the rockets launcher they are provided with plenty of useful handholds. Optional seating can be added in the form of a centrally mounted ice bin with a three inch squab, or separate smaller ice bins that can be bungy hooked back to the side pockets or back shelf. A removable rear bench seat is another option, or built in king queen arrangements.Beside each pedestal seat there storage compartments handy to both the skipper and passenger. When optioned a solid aluminium drop in door adds security to the vee berth cabin area, while boating this door can be left in the vehicle, a door in a small boat is in the way either opened or closed, and hinges never last, by leaving it in the vehicle while boating any potential door rattles are also eliminated.

The Vee Berth Cabin are is 1.6mtrs long and is deal for allowing children to shelter, or one person can have a nap with folded legs, there is enough room for one adult to sit up right, the foot well is large enough for foot space. Two vinyl covered squabs have storage underneath. A back rest is on the starboard side, by having just one back rest this helps to keep the cabin space open. In front of the squabs is a step to stand on while using the foredeck access hatch, a capstan foot switch can be mounted on this step. A plastic hatch provides access to the skipper console or basic fuse replacement type work, or the whole back cover can be removed for full service/rig up access.

The bow sprite extends to fit a small plow style anchor, a quality bow roller is fitted with a pin to hold the rope in the fairlead, Split Bow rails constructed from heavy walled 32mm alloy tube, beautiful Tig welds, being low level means it is easy access the bow when pushing off a beach or ramp for example, also by keeping the bow rails low they are stronger and more likely to with stand being hooked up on a wharf for example. The lower part of the rail is a great hand hold while standing at the ramp or in the surf, and over all the bow rail has lots of style a shape to complement the lines of the foredeck and hull. The raised foredeck adds head room in the cabin, the rolled treadplate foredeck has long been a trademark look for the pro sport series, this is a strong shape, the treadplate offers a robust no nonsense non slip surface. A quality "Clue" hatch in the foredeck, provides safe access to the bow, it has four latches two provide a vent setting while the other two make the hatch lockable form the inside. Forward of the foredeck hatch is a generous self draining anchor bin, and forward of the anchor bin is a mounting pad for a capstan winch and AMF Custom made bow bollard. The acrylic warp around windscreen has long been another AMF feature, an aluminium dodger is first built into the hull and then capped and welded with a shaped extrusion, the screen area is then cut out and the acrylic is bonded to the 50mm borders with 6 tubes of sealant. This tensioned shape is super strong.

The AMF rocket launcher is a fantastic utility arch, built AMF strong and robust from heavy walled 38mm extrusion. Folding rocket launcher for garaging, features six capped rod buckets, mounts for the L.E.D navigation lights, mounts for aerials, deck lighting, hidden wiring and of course supports the AMF canvas targa top frame. The rocket launcher provides sure hand holds for extra crew standing behind the pedestal seats or working the deck in heavier sea conditions. Height and rake of the rocket launcher is perfect to allow ample deck space for casting and rod action. the AMF targa top is a strong and dependable alloy frame tightly covered in black canvas. Built strong this targa top can be left up while trailering the boat at open road speeds limits, it provides a stable hand hold when walking around the side of the screen to the foredeck. The peak extends past the screen and clears follow the same angle of the screen to clip on to a second tube under the targa. By unbolting a bolt either side the targa can be folded down along with the rocket launcher for garaging.

Side decks are wide with excellent freeboard (670mm - 700mm) and provide great seating for while at rest, fishing or gearing up for a dive, unobstructed (no rails) so gauges cant get hooked up when rolling over the side. There is plenty of toe space around the work area of the boat, this is provided by the wide side decks, and under the transom. Side pockets are generous in length and volume, ideal for a paddle, gaff, net or for those that like to store a rod and reel. The transom is enclosed and two large plastic hatches provide access through to the battery/storage areas on each side and a smaller hatch provides access to the center fuel system area. The transom shelf is mounted high to protect the batteries in the unlikely event a large amount of water enters the boat, and also to provide a space for a standard 44 litre style fish been to be placed either side. This deck space is also an ideal area to lay dive bottles (necks out), as the hull carries weight best toward the stern of the hull. Each stern corner features an AMF custom built cross bollard, built from the same quality material as the hull, these bollards offer the strength and corrosion resistance unmatched from off the shelf cast alloy or plastic bollards. Four rod holders, two in each side deck, made from composite plastic these offer superior corrosion resistance to stainless steel rod holders in and aluminium boat, but similar strength

The bait board when optioned features a simple but strong slanted single pole mount which is bolted to the transom, this provides positive hand holds when walking around the deck in heavier sea conditions and rattle free mounting. The fact that the bait board is bolted in place means this can also be used as a ski tow point and there is a lug welded to the rear of the bait board for doing this, some engine models can be too tall for this to be used effectively. Two rod buckets are mounted on the board and they have gimble pins and plastic caps, theses are ideal for trolling, extra rod storage, keeping your rods off the deck while re-baiting or just extra hand holds for divers boarding. There are hand rails either side and along the back edge, these great handholds or for tying lanyards to. The bait tray measure 550mm long x 350mm Wide x 40mm High, the front has a lowered edge for easier knife use. So this is a good strong functional bait board at a good height so you don't have to stoop and while using this station.

5mm Transom with an outboard bracket for a pod mounted engine set up. Engine pod is built tough, with the same pod used for 90hp-250hp over the varied AMF models. The engine pod doubles as a live bait set up, a flap covers the drainage and a venturi pick up on the transom delivers water to pod while on the run, an over flow backs on to the engine mounting area. At rest water in the live bait pod finds it's own level. Four 32mm hand rails on the stern are not only useful while boating or maneuvering the the boat on land, but the two inside rails also are used to run transducer and other cables to a high entry point on the transom, this way no holes need to be drilled below the water or even close to water level. A doubler pad is welded in place for the mounting of transducer brackets, this way mounting screws do not compromise the buoyancy compartment. AMF have their own custom made clamp for holding the engine looms and steering hoses, this keeps the rig up looking tidy helps prevent "wear and tear". A auxiliary bracket can be welded on the starboard boarding platform and on the post platform a custom AMF dive ladder is fitted, this ladder folds against the sloped transom, and when in the water offers easy access for a fully kitted diver.

Pod mounting allows the outboard to be mounted higher this keeps the power head further out of the water and with the steering pivot point further back from the end of the hull plates this gives the boat an extended feel to its actual length. To support the extra weight of a four stroke floatation pods are built in under the boarding platforms, built with shape and style, these two separate floatation chambers perform well for both reversing and a swell approaching from the stern. This hull can be powered either two or four stroke outboard engines 115hp to 130hp up to 220kgs.

The AMF 580 Vee Berth Cabin is trailed on a Voyager A20 multi roller single or tandem axle trailer, galvanized steel, 40 wobble rollers with double ups towards the stern to support the weight of an AMF hull, 165 x 13" 8 ply tyres, galvanized steel spoke rims. Rolled edge guards with flat tops for standing on, Galvanized spring suspension. LED trailer lights, The winch post is welded on solid and the double boomerang snub system hold the bow firmly, two point safety chain with turnbuckle tensioned the hull is prevented from moving forward or backwards on the trailer, And tie points for transom tie-downs. A quality winch and wind up jockey wheel are fitted, duo fit coupling will fit either 1"7/8 or 50mm ball size. Brakes are normally specified as 1500kg hydraulic override one axle, with stainless steel hoses and calipers. Each model of Voyager trailer has been designed to support the hull where it is strongest, set up to make fueling at a level fuel station a simple task and it looks just right!

AMF 580 Vee Berth Cabin Web Page Click Here.

AMF 580 Vee Berth Cabin Flickr Photo Set Click Here.

AMF Production Process for 580, 610 and 660 Hulls Click Here.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

AMF 610 Vee Berth Cabin - Factory Overview

AMF 610 Vee Berth Cabin is 6.1mtr (20ft) heavy duty plate aluminium hull, pleasure boat. Constructed to commercial level for recreational boaters this boat can easily be put in to survey. Ideal for family boating, water sports like skiing and wake boarding, fishing, scuba and free diving.

6mm Hull Plates
5mm Transom Plates
5mm Treadplate Floor 5251F
4mm Side plates
4mm Side Decks
3mm Shelf & Dodger/Hardtop
All Plate except Treadplate is 5083 Marine Grade
All Extrusions used are 6061T5

Underfloor Fuel Tank Size                 160 Litres
Beam                                                2.35 mtrs
Length Over All                                 6.1 mtrs
Actual hull length                                5.88 mtrs
Overall Trailing Length                        8.2mtrs      (Tip of trailer draw bar to skeg on outboard tilted up)
Trailing weight with 160 liters of fuel    1,680kgs

 A practical layout, standing or seated position for the skipper, controls and steering wheel lay comfortably to hand. A large skipper console for gauges and switches and large deep full length shelf for mounting electronics and storing the likes of charts, clothes, phones sunglasses etc. two pedestal seats with quad action seat mounts, gas struts allow the seats to move forward for sitting and can be pushed back to give plenty of leg clearance for standing. The seats swivel and can be locked in any facing position. The plastic seat shells used have hand holds molded into them which is useful for extra crew standing behind the seats, along with the rockets launcher they are provided with plenty of useful handholds.Optional seating can be added in the form of a centrally mounted ice bin with a three inch squab, or separate smaller ice bins that can be bungy hooked back to the side pockets or back shelf. A removable rear bench seat is another option, or built in king queen arrangements.Beside each pedestal seat there storage compartments handy to both the skipper and passenger. When optioned a solid aluminium drop in door adds security to the vee berth cabin area, while boating this door can be left in the vehicle, a door in a small boat is in the way either opened or closed, and hinges never last, by leaving it in the vehicle while boating any potential door rattles are also eliminated.

The Vee Berth Cabin are is 1.6mtrs long and is deal for allowing children to shelter, or one person can have a nap with folded legs, there is enough room for one adult to sit up right, the foot well is large enough for foot space. Two vinyl covered squabs have storage underneath. A back rest is on the starboard side, by having just one back rest this helps to keep the cabin space open. In front of the squabs is a step to stand on while using the foredeck access hatch, a capstan foot switch can be mounted on this step. A plastic hatch provides access to the skipper console or basic fuse replacement type work, or the whole back cover can be removed for full service/rig up access.

The bow sprite extends to fit a small plow style anchor, a quality bow roller is fitted with a pin to hold the rope in the fairlead, Split Bow rails constructed from heavy walled 32mm alloy tube, beautiful Tig welds, being low level means it is easy access the bow when pushing off a beach or ramp for example, also by keeping the bow rails low they are stronger and more likely to with stand being hooked up on a wharf for example. The lower part of the rail is a great hand hold while standing at the ramp or in the surf, and over all the bow rail has lots of style a shape to complement the lines of the foredeck and hull. The raised foredeck adds head room in the cabin, the rolled treadplate foredeck has long been a trademark look for the pro sport series, this is a strong shape, the treadplate offers a robust no nonsense non slip surface. A quality "Clue" hatch in the foredeck, provides safe access to the bow, it has four latches two provide a vent setting while the other two make the hatch lockable form the inside. Forward of the foredeck hatch is a generous self draining anchor bin, and forward of the anchor bin is a mounting pad for a capstan winch and AMF Custom made bow bollard. The acrylic warp around windscreen has long been another AMF feature, an aluminium dodger is first built into the hull and then capped and welded with a shaped extrusion, the screen area is then cut out and the acrylic is bonded to the 50mm borders with 6 tubes of sealant. This tensioned shape is super strong.

The AMF rocket launcher is a fantastic utility arch, built AMF strong and robust from heavy walled 38mm extrusion. Folding rocket launcher for garaging, features six capped rod buckets, mounts for the L.E.D navigation lights, mounts for aerials, deck lighting, hidden wiring and of course supports the AMF canvas targa top frame. The rocket launcher provides sure hand holds for extra crew standing behind the pedestal seats or working the deck in heavier sea conditions. Height and rake of the rocket launcher is perfect to allow ample deck space for casting and rod action. the AMF targa top is a strong and dependable alloy frame tightly covered in black canvas. Built strong this targa top can be left up while trailering the boat at open road speeds limits, it provides a stable hand hold when walking around the side of the screen to the foredeck. The peak extends past the screen and clears follow the same angle of the screen to clip on to a second tube under the targa. By unbolting a bolt either side the targa can be folded down along with the rocket launcher for garaging.

Side decks are wide with excellent freeboard (670mm - 700mm) and provide great seating for while at rest, fishing or gearing up for a dive, unobstructed (no rails) so gauges cant get hooked up when rolling over the side. There is plenty of toe space around the work area of the boat, this is provided by the wide side decks, and under the transom. Side pockets are generous in length and volume, ideal for a paddle, gaff, net or for those that like to store a rod and reel. The transom is enclosed and two large plastic hatches provide access through to the battery/storage areas on each side and a smaller hatch provides access to the center fuel system area. The transom shelf is mounted high to protect the batteries in the unlikely event a large amount of water enters the boat, and also to provide a space for a standard 44 litre style fish been to be placed either side. This deck space is also an ideal area to lay dive bottles (necks out), as the hull carries weight best toward the stern of the hull. Each stern corner features an AMF custom built cross bollard, built from the same quality material as the hull, these bollards offer the strength and corrosion resistance unmatched from off the shelf cast alloy or plastic bollards. Four rod holders, two in each side deck, made from composite plastic these offer superior corrosion resistance to stainless steel rod holders in and aluminium boat, but similar strength

The bait board when optioned features a simple but strong slanted single pole mount which is bolted to the transom, this provides positive hand holds when walking around the deck in heavier sea conditions and rattle free mounting. The fact that the bait board is bolted in place means this can also be used as a ski tow point and there is a lug welded to the rear of the bait board for doing this, some engine models can be too tall for this to be used effectively. Two rod buckets are mounted on the board and they have gimble pins and plastic caps, theses are ideal for trolling, extra rod storage, keeping your rods off the deck while re-baiting or just extra hand holds for divers boarding. There are hand rails either side and along the back edge, these great handholds or for tying lanyards to. The bait tray measure 550mm long x 350mm Wide x 40mm High, the front has a lowered edge for easier knife use. So this is a good strong functional bait board at a good height so you don't have to stoop and while using this station.
 

5mm Transom with an outboard bracket for a pod mounted engine set up. Engine pod is built tough, with the same pod used for 90hp-250hp over the varied AMF models. The engine pod doubles as a live bait set up, a flap covers the drainage and a venturi pick up on the transom delivers water to pod while on the run, an over flow backs on to the engine mounting area. At rest water in the live bait pod finds it's own level. Four 32mm hand rails on the stern are not only useful while boating or maneuvering the the boat on land, but the two inside rails also are used to run transducer and other cables to a high entry point on the transom, this way no holes need to be drilled below the water or even close to water level. A doubler pad is welded in place for the mounting of transducer brackets, this way mounting screws do not compromise the buoyancy compartment. AMF have their own custom made clamp for holding the engine looms and steering hoses, this keeps the rig up looking tidy helps prevent "wear and tear". A auxiliary bracket can be welded on the starboard boarding platform and on the post platform a custom AMF dive ladder is fitted, this ladder folds against the sloped transom, and when in the water offers easy access for a fully kitted diver.


Pod mounting allows the outboard to be mounted higher this keeps the power head further out of the water and with the steering pivot point further back from the end of the hull plates this gives the boat an extended feel to its actual length. To support the extra weight of a four stroke floatation pods are built in under the boarding platforms, built with shape and style, these two separate floatation chambers perform well for both reversing and a swell approaching from the stern. This hull can be powered either two or four stroke outboard engines 130hp to 150hp up to 220kgs.

The AMF 610 Vee Berth Cabin is trailed on a Custom Elite Voyager A20 Multi Roller, Tandem Axle Trailer. It features a fully galvanised steel frame, galvanised components, with strategic large flush holes to ensure you can rinse and or wash the trailer thoroughly inside and out. 40 wobble rollers with dual roller sets towards the stern for extra support, 165 x 13" 8 ply light truck tyres, and galvanized steel spoke rims. Equalizing spring suspension, galvanised hubs, and chrome dome wheel nuts. The strong 3mm steel guards have nicely finished rolled edges for added strength, with flat tops line with anti slip deck tread, perfect for standing on. The Voyager is equipped with fully submersible LED trailer lights. The winch post is welded on solid and the double boomerang snub system holds the bow firmly. With the two point safety chain and turnbuckle tensioned, the hull is prevented from moving forward or backwards on the trailer. Tie down points are strategically located for securing the boat to the trailer. The Voyager features quality New Zealand made parts, such as a Christine Winch (with Dyneema Winch Rope), a Whareora adjustable Jockey Wheel, and a Trojan duo fit coupling, which will fit either 1"7/8 or 50mm ball size at the turn of the handle. Brakes are optional, but recommended for the 610 rig; Hydraulic Override brakes on the front axle, with stainless steel hoses and calipers. Each model of Voyager trailer has been designed to support the hull where it is strongest. The Voyager’s low centre of gravity optimises towing, means a simple task of refueling, and makes your launch and retrieve a breeze.




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AMF Boats Nautical Newsletter

AMF Boats Nautical Newsletter November 2011
4th Newsletter for AMF Boats, send us an email if you would like to be added to our email list. In this November issue, Editors Corner, AMF 580 Vee Berth Cabin, Back In The Day, AMF 660 Vee Berth Cabin Pacific Power Boat Review, Voyager Marine Trailers, Transom, Toe Space, Red Hot Marine, Boating Safety Tip, Rod Holders, AMF Fishing/ Diving Tournament, Joke Of The Month, Boats For Sale, Links Of Interest, AMF Maintenance Tip.
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AMF Boats Nautical Newsletter September 2011

3rd Newsletter for AMF Boats, send us an email if you would like to be added to our email list. In this September issue, Editors Corner, Back In The Day, AMF 610 Vee Berth, AMF Marine Trailers, Voyager Marine Trailers, Double Sheathed Tinned Copper Cable, AMF Fishing Diving Tournament, AMF “Naked” RIB, Boating Safety Tip, Nyalic Clear Coat, Joke of the Month, Boats For Sale, Links of Interest, AMF Maintenance Tip.
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AMF Boats Nautical Newsletter July 2011
2nd Newsletter for AMF Boats, send us an email if you would like to be added to our email list.
In this issue, Editors Corner, Your Boating Images, 2012 fishing and Diving Tournament, AMF 660 Vee Berth Cabin, Coastguard Manawatu Voted for AMF 750 RIB, AMF Expand Tender Range with Release of New 580 RIB, Highest Grade Alloys, AMF Vintage Series, Boating Safety Tip, Joke Of The Month, Boats for Sale, Links of Interest, AMF Maintenance Tip 
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AMF Boats Nautical Newsletter June 2011
Welcome to the first Newsletter from AMF Boats, we have a lot to say and we intend to do this on a regular basis, send us an email if you would like to be added to our email list.
In this issue, Editors Corner, Social Media, Coastguard Taranaki fundraising AMF 1170 RIB, Russell Cairns Marine & 4x4 Vic Australia, Mount V's Wanganui, 2011 AMF Tournament, Structural Hull Warranty, AMF & Hyundai SeasAll Diesel, Dive Flag, Melbourne Boat Show, Boating Safety Tips, AMF Maintenance Tip, Boats For Sale, Links of Interest, Joke of the Month.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Production Process of AMF Pro Sport Series 580, 610 & 660 Boats

Use of jigs is a substantial part of the quality control in the production of AMF boats. Just about all of AMF construction is using jigs and the jigs are very substantial structures at that. In New Zealand not many boat builders use jigs and when they do they are normally flimsy structures. By using substantially strong jigs AMF can be sure to have the same hull shape time and time again, not unlike a glass boat does from a mold. Before construction starts the jig is measured and checked. AMF have jigs for wheel houses, foredecks, side pockets, transom selves, the dash, targa tops, bait boards, boarding platforms, ladders, rocket launchers, even our own in house bollards. A lot of NZ boat builders build hulls straight off the floor. And a jig that twists out of shape when it is shifted is only going to build a problem into a boat.

All aluminium used in the construction of AMF is highest grade plate available. Plate used is 5083, Tread plate used is 5251 and all extrusions are 6061. If 5083 were rated ‘out of ten’ for marine use it would get a ‘ten’, to go one grade down in plate grade you would need to rate that plate at ‘five out of ten’ it is half the rating, then some boat builders are using grades of aluminium that you could only rate as ‘two to three out of ten’ suitability for marine use. It is important to check what the marine grade of plate being used is and is it being used on more than just the hull plates. AMF use only 5083, the highest marine grade available and we demand the best unmarked plate as our finished product, as the whole boat is clear Nyalic finish over acid washed aluminium. No Paint or bog filler to hide bad material or workmanship. AMF handle their plate as though it is glass.

AMF are very much about crafting a hull to achieve the ultimate build and performance. First of all a 10mm x 75mm Keel Bar is laid on the jig, this has a slight rocker in it. A rocker in the keel attributes to the hull being able to break free of the water surface as the hull powers onto the plane. This way the boat travels more efficiently and is able to be trimmed for all conditions, a very important ability in a big following sea or bar situation. Some boat builders get a sheet of aluminium and put a fold to create two hull plates; this gives the hull an absolutely straight keel with no shape to it at all.

Box beams are placed on the jig and these are trimmed to create a hull shape. The box beam creates a full depth girder system between the hull plates and the main deck. With this construction method there is no way the hull or deck will move and the hull won’t buckle out of shape, this also means your AMF won’t suffer a loss of performance over time. Mini bulkhead frames are fitted with in the box beams to add to the stiffness and then a bulkhead frame is added at the front of the box beams and at the front of the fuel tank position. The box beam is far superior to the old stringer system, 50x5mm stringers are still common with a lot of boat builders and often break away, crack, or wear through the bottom plate. If aluminium can move it will eventually fatigue and crack. AMF is built solid!

All of the welds from Box beam to hull plates are full length longitudinal, AMF don’t use lateral welds on the hull plates with water pressure hull plates push in at the hard point of a lateral weld and this again is another reason a hull can lose its fair shape. This won’t happen with an AMF. Each hull has 25 full length longitudinal hull welds alone, this at minimum of five meters per weld is around 125mtrs per boat. If a welder could work non stop this would be six and a quarter hours of continuous welding.

The transom is welded to the box beams and then one 6mm hull plate is welded full length to the keel bar and transom, then pulled around under tension and bolted to the jig. Then the other 6mm hull plate is welded full length to the keel bar and transom, then pulled around under tension to the jig and bolted down.

The belting is a 50 x 50 radius edge with its beefy 5mm wall thickness; this extra thick wall thickness isn’t easily dented and is handy when maneuvering around wharfs and Jetties. Far better than flimsy PVC bumper strips most boat builders use that damage so easily. This belting is welded to the keel bar at the bow and then pulled around the jig with a block and tackle and welded to the top of the transom.

Now its time for the side plates to be fitted, these side plates are again like the hull plates pulled around under tension and tortured into shape. Another benefit of 5083 and its High Tensile strength is it ideal for our compound curve construction, meaning the plates are pulled in both directions to create a compound curve giving egg shell type strength. This is far better than using a lower grade of alloy and using pressed ribs for strength, a technique very commonly used in aluminium boat building.

The chines are 50 x 50 x 5mm angle bar, after the side plate has been fully welded to the bottom plate this angle bar is pulled around and welded under tension. This is fully welded both side and when the inside hull weld is complete the chine will have four full length welds. In the worst case some boat builders will grind the out side weld off, and only have one and bit welds holding the chine together. These reverse angle chine works as a fantastic water deflector and will manage to keep the screen dry in most conditions. Some boat builders add a flat bar deflector to the outside of the bow to keep the boat dry, but in some conditions this can catch under the water and pull the boat over on its side.

With both bottom hull plates having each received a full length weld to the keel bar it is now time to fit the 5mm doubler pad or wear strip this is a 100mm wide and tapers off to a vanishing point in the bow. This doubler pad is great for the wear and tear of launching of a beach or the hull touching the concrete ramp. With six full length welds holing the keel together you couldn’t get a stronger hull. As a comparison some boat builders don’t use keel bars or wear strips, and once they grind the outside weld off they are left with only a one and half welds holding the keel together. Badly designed/built aluminium boats will typically crack in the chine or keel.

The outboard pod is fitted. Platforms are made with curves by cutting tread plate with curved corners and then pulling an extrusion around this shape then welding and finishing. this again is far more complex and time consuming to fabricate than the easiest option of simply putting two down turn folds in a piece of plate welding the corner join and welding to the hull. A 15-20 minute process verses three hours for our platforms. Platforms are added, and then the platforms are built into buoyancy pods on each side of the engine bracket. Complex curves are used to create buoyancy pods with style and shape. This adds phenomenal strength to the transom of the boat, two more separate reserve buoyancy chambers, and extra floatation for handling the extra weight of four stroke outboard engines. Building these extra buoyancy tanks adds another day to the build.

At the transom, bottom and side plates over run past the transom leaving a full visible weld in stead of being ground off flush, this makes for a far stronger transom than one that has had its welds ground. If the hull was ground the transom has a far greater chance of staying intact, where as a transom that has had the welds ground can be ripped out.

After an AMF hull comes off the jig, the hull is bolted to the floor and has large steel beams fitted and chained to the floor to insure the hull measures the same as it was on the jig, then the hull is fully welded along every join.

The anchor bin bulkhead is fitted and fully welded, and then the base to the anchor bin is welded in place. There is a hefty lug welded in each anchor bin to shackle the Anchor rope off to.

The fuel tank 580 has a 120 litre, 610 has a 160 litre and 660 has a 220 litre fuel tank that has been pre made and this is suspended between the box beams and welded in place. It is better to weld the tank in place that to screw it in place with s/s screws that will only react with the aluminium and look messy. AMF have never had a fuel tank that has needed to be removed and one did need to be removed it could be removed quickly and efficiently with a skill saw along the welds. Each fuel tank is constructed of 4mm 5083 Marine Grade Aluminium with a 5mm Tread plate top to the tank, this top of the tank makes up part of the floor. Each tank has baffles with small cutaways in the corners and centers of each baffle. The 580 has three baffles, 610 four baffles and the 660 five baffles. The top of the tank then has drop down stiffener/baffles every 200mm. this helps control the movement of fuel and also keeps the floor sturdy and movement free. It certainly isn’t a nice feeling walking on a “soft floor” in an aluminium boat.

The each fuel tank has a large expansion box at the rear of the tank that comes up through the back shelf. This expansion box fills to floor level and breathes off the top of the box. This means that on level surface like for example at a fuel station the fuel tank will fill as fast as the pump will operate and when the pump “clicks off” the tank is full. On a hot summers day this expansion box can help prevent the spillage of fuel due to expansion of the fuel. By stopping at floor level the fuel has the whole expansion box and hose to expand into before overflowing. Another benefit of the fuel expansion box is the fuel lines and filler/breather hoses are kept short as they exit the transom, unlike a tank that has hoses coming up from an under floor/bilge cavity. It would be impossible for the fuel hose to fall off with this set up. The fuel filler used is a Perko with an incorporated breather so any fuel that is pushed up the breather should go back down the filler hose.

580 and 610 Models have a 5mm T-Bar stringer between the box beam and chine, the 660 has a full depth stringer welded each side. The 5mm tread plate centre floor panel complete with stiffeners is welded in front of the fuel tank and then the 5mm tread plate panels are welded in down the sides of the box beams. This completes the floor which is then flooded with water and pressure tested. Any pin holes in the welds are then re welded. You can hear the pressure release when the bung is removed. A lot of boats still use blocks of foam or injected foam as buoyancy. Foam holds moisture either from water entry or condensation between the foam and aluminum and you have the effect of a battery happening, meaning you end up with pitting/pin whole corrosion through your hull plates. A lot of aluminium manufacturers still use ply wood covered in vinyl for their flooring. The advantages are: cheaper to buy, quicker to screw down, the disadvantages how ever means that dirt and grime gets through the internal hull and cant be cleaned properly, and eventually causes corrosion. The vinyl flooring has a very limited life. And if it breaks away in a sinking the blocks of foam buoyancy are lost.

In the next step side deck are fitted, AMF boats are designed so you can comfortably sit and fish on the side decks, or gear up with dive equipment etc. with no hand rails or clutter on the side decks you wont foul dive gauges etc when entering the water. Wide sides decks also give you toe space when standing at the side of the boat. This allows you to stand straight and have the side deck against your thighs. With Narrow side decks you feel like you are going to fall out of the boat when you lean against the gunnels.

The side pockets are welded to a forward side pocket stanchions and welded to the transom. There is large post under the side pocket that gives this pocket rigidity and strength. The side pocket is not welded to the side panels of the boat. A non acid cure sealant is used to bond the side pocket to the side panel of the boat. If this was welded all the tension that was put into the side sheets with the compound curve would be lost. This would make the side plates ripple. AMF boats boast very fair sides

The fully enclosed back tray is fitted; this is a tricky shape to fit, having to be maneuvered into position around side pockets and top of the fuel tank turret. A large plastic hatch is fitted port and starboard. These large hatches are great for keeping batteries and oil tanks up high and protected from the elements. A smaller hatch is fitted in the middle of the two large hatches for access to fuel fittings. A lot of boats have batteries and oil tanks mounted on the floor or worse still in the bilge sump. In the worst event of taking water on board, these boats are compromised. The back shelf has been mounted high enough to slide a fish bin under each side. Or handles dive bottles laid down in this area.

Models with cabins have a raised foredeck; the sides of the raised foredeck are 4mm plate curved around the top of the belting, using 4mm helps to keep this panel fair. Then a jig is placed in position so the tread plate foredeck can be pulled around under tension and welded to the raised sides. This creates foredeck with curve from side to side as well as front to back. This creates a strong stylish shape, and is a contrast to the use of angular sheet metal folds most aluminium boat builders use. A large parcel shelf/dash is then mounted with a depth of 450mm and a 70mm lip this creates a great area for electronics to be mounted and safe place for sunglass, sunscreen etc, or a dry place for clothes while down diving.

Because a curved foredeck has been created the foredeck access hatch needs a flat frame to mount into. So a 3mm x40mm x 40mm box section is used. The frame is constructed and the corners are fabricated to create round corners, the anchor bin framing is incorporated into the base for the fore deck access hatch. Boat builders that construct flat fore decks with no shape for style or strength can screw a hatch straight onto the flat surface. For economy a lot of boat build fabricate their own access hatch from alloy, this doesn’t allow any light to enter the cabin. AMF use weaver hatches, renowned world wide for building a quality hatch.

When it comes to the windscreen on the AMF cabin models AMF cut out a full 3mm aluminium dodger (very bad shape for cost effectiveness) then it is folded to create the sides on the screen. This large folded sheet of plate aluminum is then fitted to the fore deck to create an aluminum dodger, and then a 50 x 25x3mm radius edge extrusion is shaped to the curve of the screen and then slotted to cap the dodger off. This capping is then slotted in place and welded on to the dodger. A 50mm perspex bonding area is marked out for the windscreen. Once this is aluminium is cut out, the off cuts are laid out on the Perspex, marked and cut out. Then the bonding area is buffed and rubber blocks are mounted to the alloy to guarantee the thickness of the sealant. This also allows for the movement in the Perspex due to temperature change. Then the screen mounting area is covered in seven tubes of black, polymer natural cure sealant the Perspex is fitted and the corner caps are made of alloy and painted and screwed in place, this gives the three panes of Perspex room to expand and contract with the change of temperature. This screen makes up around 10% of the value of the boat. It is about 3- 4 day procedure and makes for the most amazingly strong windscreen. You have a great hand hold that will take no end of punishment. Terrific to mount the rocket launcher from which keeps the rods forward and the deck area clear for fishing. Just about all boat builders use commercially available windscreens to bolt on to the cabin top. These screens can be fitted in fifteen minutes with a tube of sealant and amount to about 10% of the value of the AMF screen.

AMF hardtop models are built on a jig; this way when the hull starts on the wheel house can be started on a separate jig, once the hull has had the fore deck fitted the wheel house is ready to be fitted and welded to the foredeck. The front of the wheel house is cut in one piece and folded to create the mounting area for the front screen; the sides are welded to this. Again there is a great amount of wastage as the area for the windows is cut out. The side panels are folded and to create the down pipe guttering for the roof, this also creates an extremely strong pillar for the rear of the hardtop. Each of the three front corners has a u shape extrusion welded in to create a full length pillar and an area to run cables in to the ceiling cavity if required. The brow is again a bad shape for cost effectiveness but is pulled around and built in solid, the side roll up and curve around the built in rocket launcher, giving the brow the strong look that it deserves. 6mm toughened glass windows are set into genuine aluminium boat window frames. These window sets are then bonded and screwed in place. Some boat builders will bond the glass straight to the aluminium while others use perspex. AMF wheel house windows are large and set on the perfect angles for maximum visibility. Side sliding windows are standard on all wheel house models. Hand rails are placed on either side of the roof to make access around the out side of the boat easier. Hand rails at the back of the wheel house are angled in side the boat to keep your knuckles out of the wind chill.

For an AMF runabout model the floor in the bow area is raised to give a dry area for gear stowage. If the boat is a Cabin model the floor is lowered to create a foot well for the vee berth bunks. Both the 580 and 610 cabin bunks are 1.6mtrs long and the 660 bunks are 2mtrs long. Under the floor in the bow area in all boats have 50x5mm stringers running off the end of the box beams until the join back up with the keel bar. With out this continuation of the boxes beams a weak point would be created and lots of other brands have substantial cracking problems at chine/console area. The framing for the bunks is built in place before the Skippers console and Passenger console/bulkhead are fitted. The consoles are full length built in panels unlike some boat builders who make the most minimal sized console for fitting gauges and steering. The console is set to the perfect angle for a comfortable steering position. The whole shelf, console area has been engineered into an extremely strong structure.

Rocket launchers are made from heavy wall tube and are built in a jig. Mounting plates for navigation lights and aerials are provided, by mounting them on the rocket launcher the rest of the boat is kept clear. Rod buckets have gimble pins welded in place so rods don’t swivel under way. The rocket launcher is so solid it is a hand hold that can be depended on in the heaviest of sea conditions. The rocket launcher folds for garaging.

Bow rails are built in a jig. AMF use a low split rail. Low bow rails are excellent for boarding when pushing off the bank/ramp and boarding the bow. Jumping of the bow on to land, and when maneuvering around wharves and jetties. The split bow rail opposed to a full bow rail makes deploying, retrieving and changing anchors easier. A large heavy wall tube is used. Some other brands don’t have bow rails, this also makes it hard to push the boat around on a trailer with no hand holds, some are to flimsy to hang on to and put any weight on. And others have no style and shape and could more appropriately be called a handle than a full bow rail.

Targa Tops are welded in a jig; this keeps the targa top consistent with the jig built rocket launcher. Most canopies and targa tops are flimsy structures, AMF have built a robust Targa top that serves as a great hand hold when walking around the side of the boat. The frame has been built to put great shape and style into the canvas work. And the canvas is taught so flapping canvas isn’t and issue. The Targa top folds for garaging

Pedestals, transducers, and anything else that is mounted to the pressure tested hull have doubler pads that they are mounted to, so that fixings don’t compromise the buoyancy chamber.

All aluminium edges are de burred before they are welded in place. Grinding and sanding is kept to a minimum, almost all welds are fully visible, and most panels don’t have any sanding. At AMF the aluminium is treated with great care to provide an aluminium boat in its purest form.

The boat is chemical washed next, this gives the boat its white finish, and it cleans the oils from the plate and blends the welds into the plate and extrusions. Once the boat is dry Nyalic clear coat is applied and this prevents the boat from oxidizing and turning a dark grey colour. Like all coatings Nyalic does need to be up kept, but from AMF’s point of view it is the best way of keeping an aluminium boat functional and looking great with the easiest care when required in time.

The AMF is then moved into the finishing bay, flexible marine carpet is then fitted in the cabin area this lines out the area making it soft and comfortable. The side pockets, dash, back tray and foot well are lined with a stiff backed marine carpet. This helps with noise, protects stored items and adding colour breaks up the look of the aluminium boat. All panels of carpet that lay flat are able to be lifted out to dry, this is important to prevent corrosion problems occurring. If aluminium can not breathe it will corrode due to oxygen depletion. A lot of manufacturers will glue carpet straight to the floor – seriously reducing the life span of their customer’s hull. Fore deck hatches, rod holders, bungs, steering, bilge pumps, navigation lights etc are fitted at this stage. The weight of carpet used is twice the thickness of the weight most manufacturers use and stands to reason it works out to be twice cost. But the finish is quality and the AMF will still look good long after it has left the show room.

The basic wiring is completed, navigation lights, bilge pump, main engine loom, switch panel and fuse box. Wiring used is tinned copper and appropriate weight of cable is used for each job.

Entirely through out the boats production AMF use construction techniques that don’t just take 10% longer to do but three to four + times longer. The materials used to create AMF’s time consuming curved shapes equates to far more than that of some cleaver sheet metal designed boats are built to a price, and you definitely get or (don’t get) what you pay for. But with an AMF you end up with is a hull where no compromises have been made, a boat that is functional and performance based, An AMF has been built with permanence in mind.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

AMF Boat Company Mission Statement

AMF Boat Company is a industry leader in providing boat building to the highest standards for our clients by creating a successful partnership with them throughout the construction process.

Our pledge is to establish lasting relationships with our clients by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through exceptional performance by every member of the construction team.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Buying Quality V's Buying Cheap

"There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey."

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

AMF 660 Vee Berth Cabin Factory Overview


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AMF 660 Vee Berth Cabin is 6.8mtr (21'8") heavy duty plate aluminium hull, pleasure boat. Constructed to commercial level for recreational boaters this boat can easily be put in to survey. Ideal for family boating, water sports like skiing and wake boarding, fishing, scuba and free diving.

6mm Hull Plates
5mm Transom Plates
5mm Treadplate Floor 5251F
4mm Side plates
4mm Side Decks
3mm Shelf & Dodger/Hardtop
All Plate except Treadplate is 5083 Marine Grade
All Extrusions used are 6061T5
Underfloor Fuel Tank Size                 220 Litres
Beam                                                2.45 mtrs
Length Over All                                 6.8 mtrs
Actual hull length                                6.3 mtrs
Overall Trailing Length                        8.75 mtrs      (Tip of trailer draw bar to skeg on outboard tilted up)
Trailing weight with 220 liters of fuel    2,100kgs

A practical layout, standing or seated position for the skipper, controls and steering wheel lay comfortably to hand. A large skipper console for gauges and switches and large deep full length shelf for mounting electronics and storing the likes of charts, clothes, phones sunglasses etc. Two pedestal seats with quad action seat mounts, gas struts allow the seats to move forward for sitting and can be pushed back to give plenty of leg clearance for standing. The seats swivel and can be locked in any facing position. The plastic seat shells used have hand holds molded into them which is useful for extra crew standing behind the seats, along with the rockets launcher they are provided with plenty of useful handholds. Optional seating can be added in the form of a centrally mounted ice bin with a three inch squab, or separate smaller ice bins that can be bungy hooked back to the side pockets or back shelf. A removable rear bench seat is another option, or built in king queen arrangements.Beside each pedestal seat there storage compartments handy to both the skipper and passenger. When optioned a solid aluminium drop in door adds security to the vee berth cabin area, while boating this door can be left in the vehicle, a door in a small boat is in the way either opened or closed, and hinges never last, by leaving it in the vehicle while boating any potential door rattles are also eliminated.
The Vee Berth Cabin are is 2 meters long and is the smallest model specifically suitable as an over nighting hull or for day boating purposes this area is ideal for allowing children to shelter, or a couple of people can have a nap, the option of a center infill in the foot well can make this area even more suitable as a bunk. There is enough room for one adult to sit up right, the foot well is large enough for foot space. Two vinyl covered squabs have storage underneath. A back rest features both port and starboard side. In front of the squabs is a step to stand on while using the foredeck access hatch, a capstan foot switch can be mounted on this step. A plastic hatch provides access to the skipper console or basic fuse replacement type work, or the whole back cover can be removed for full service/rig up access. A large cover also can be removed to access, any radios or speakers mounted in the large parcel shelf area.

The bow sprite extends to fit a small plow style anchor, a quality bow roller is fitted with a pin to hold the rope in the fairlead, Split Bow rails constructed from heavy walled 32mm alloy tube, beautiful Tig welds, being low level means it is easy access the bow when pushing off a beach or ramp for example, also by keeping the bow rails low they are stronger and more likely to with stand being hooked up on a wharf for example. The lower part of the rail is a great hand hold while standing at the ramp or in the surf, and over all the bow rail has lots of style a shape to complement the lines of the foredeck and hull. The raised foredeck adds head room in the cabin, the rolled treadplate foredeck has long been a trademark look for the pro sport series, this is a strong shape, the treadplate offers a robust no nonsense non slip surface. A quality "Clue" hatch in the foredeck, provides safe access to the bow, it has four latches two provide a vent setting while the other two make the hatch lockable form the inside. Forward of the foredeck hatch is a generous self draining anchor bin, most often this model is optioned with a windlass deck mounted winch or another option is to leave the anchor bin open and have a mounting pad for a capstan winch. On the deck a AMF Custom made bow bollard is also incorporated. The acrylic warp around windscreen has long been another AMF feature, an aluminium dodger is first built into the hull and then capped and welded with a shaped extrusion, the screen area is then cut out and the acrylic is bonded to the 50mm borders with 6 tubes of sealant. This tensioned shape is super strong.

The AMF rocket launcher is a fantastic utility arch, built AMF strong and robust from heavy walled 38mm extrusion. Folding rocket launcher for garaging, features six capped rod buckets, mounts for the L.E.D navigation lights, mounts for aerials, deck lighting, hidden wiring and of course supports the AMF canvas targa top frame. The rocket launcher provides sure hand holds for extra crew standing behind the pedestal seats or working the deck in heavier sea conditions. Height and rake of the rocket launcher is perfect to allow ample deck space for casting and rod action. the AMF targa top is a strong and dependable alloy frame tightly covered in black canvas. Built strong this targa top can be left up while trailering the boat at open road speeds limits, it provides a stable hand hold when walking around the side of the screen to the foredeck. The peak extends past the screen and clears follow the same angle of the screen to clip on to a second tube under the targa. By unbolting a bolt either side the targa can be folded down along with the rocket launcher for garaging.

Side decks are wide with excellent freeboard (740mm - 800mm) and provide great seating for while at rest, fishing or gearing up for a dive, unobstructed (no rails) so gauges cant get hooked up when rolling over the side. There is plenty of toe space around the work area of the boat, this is provided by the wide side decks, and under the transom. Side pockets are generous in length and volume, ideal for a paddle, gaff, net or for those that like to store a rod and reel. The transom is enclosed and two large plastic hatches provide access through to the battery/storage areas on each side and a smaller hatch provides access to the center fuel system area. The transom shelf is mounted high to protect the batteries in the unlikely event a large amount of water enters the boat, and also to provide a space for a standard 44 litre style fish been to be placed either side. This deck space is also an ideal area to lay dive bottles (necks out), as the hull carries weight best toward the stern of the hull. Each stern corner features an AMF custom built cross bollard, built from the same quality material as the hull, these bollards offer the strength and corrosion resistance unmatched from off the shelf cast alloy or plastic bollards. Four rod holders, two in each side deck, made from composite plastic these offer superior corrosion resistance to stainless steel rod holders in and aluminium boat, but similar strength

The bait board when optioned features a simple but strong slanted single pole mount which is bolted to the transom, this provides positive hand holds when walking around the deck in heavier sea conditions and rattle free mounting. The fact that the bait board is bolted in place means this can also be used as a ski tow point and there is a lug welded to the rear of the bait board for doing this, some engine models can be too tall for this to be used effectively. Two rod buckets are mounted on the board and they have gimble pins and plastic caps, theses are ideal for trolling, extra rod storage, keeping your rods off the deck while re-baiting or just extra hand holds for divers boarding. There are hand rails either side and along the back edge, these great handholds or for tying lanyards to. The bait tray measure 550mm long x 350mm Wide x 40mm High, the front has a lowered edge for easier knife use. So this is a good strong functional bait board at a good height so you don't have to stoop and while using this station.

5mm Transom with an outboard bracket for a pod mounted engine set up. Engine pod is built tough, with the same pod used for 90hp-250hp over the varied AMF models. The engine pod doubles as a live bait set up, a flap covers the drainage and a venturi pick up on the transom delivers water to pod while on the run, an over flow backs on to the engine mounting area. At rest water in the live bait pod finds it's own level. Four 32mm hand rails on the stern are not only useful while boating or maneuvering the the boat on land, but the two inside rails also are used to run transducer and other cables to a high entry point on the transom, this way no holes need to be drilled below the water or even close to water level. A doubler pad is welded in place for the mounting of transducer brackets, this way mounting screws do not compromise the buoyancy compartment. AMF have their own custom made clamp for holding the engine looms and steering hoses, this keeps the rig up looking tidy helps prevent "wear and tear". A auxiliary bracket can be welded on the starboard boarding platform and on the post platform a custom AMF dive ladder is fitted, this ladder folds against the sloped transom, and when in the water offers easy access for a fully kitted diver. 

Pod mounting allows the outboard to be mounted higher this keeps the power head further out of the water and with the steering pivot point further back from the end of the hull plates this gives the boat an extended feel to its actual length. To support the extra weight of a four stroke floatation pods are built in under the boarding platforms, built with shape and style, these two separate floatation chambers perform well for both reversing and a swell approaching from the stern. This hull can be powered either two or four stroke outboard engines 200hp to 225hp up to 280kgs.

The AMF 660 Vee Berth Cabin is trailed on a Custom Elite Voyager A20 Multi Roller, Tandem Axle Trailer. It features a fully galvanised steel frame, galvanised components, with strategic large flush holes to ensure you can rinse and or wash the trailer thoroughly inside and out. 40 wobble rollers with dual roller sets towards the stern for extra support, 165 x 13" 8 ply light truck tyres, and galvanized steel spoke rims. Equalising spring suspension, galvanised hubs, and chrome dome wheel nuts. The strong 3mm steel guards have nicely finished rolled edges for added strength, with flat tops line with anti slip deck tread, perfect for standing on. The Voyager is equipped with fully submersible LED trailer lights. The winch post is welded on solid and the double boomerang snub system holds the bow firmly. With the two point safety chain and turnbuckle tensioned, the hull is prevented from moving forward or backwards on the trailer. Tie down points are strategically located for securing the boat to the trailer. The Voyager features quality New Zealand made parts, such as a Christine Winch (with Dyneema Winch Rope), a Whareora adjustable Jockey Wheel, and a Trojan duo fit coupling, which will fit either 1"7/8 or 50mm ball size at the turn of the handle. Brakes are optional, but recommended for the 660 rig; Hydraulic Override brakes on the front axle, with stainless steel hoses and calipers. Each model of Voyager trailer has been designed to support the hull where it is strongest. The Voyager’s low centre of gravity optimises towing, means a simple task of refueling, and makes your launch and retrieve a breeze.

Each AMF Marine Trailer is custom built to fit each AMF hull. Using 5083 Marine Grade Plate for the chassis construction. This is an aluminium frame built to an unrivalled standard.
Benefits :
No Galvanized frame to deteriorate,Very Quiet to tow with out wobble rollers,Self centers and levels every retrieve, Easy launch and retrieve, Slightly lighter than a quality steel trailer, Tows Beautifully, LOOKS FANTASTIC!
Features:
The frame is folded into a tapered C section with large radius bends. Large gussets strengthening joins correctly welded to prevent stress points. The hull sits on plastic skids and polyprop keel rollers. Nylon vee entry, the complete rear of the trailer will capture the hull and center every time. Rolled Guards are fitted and welded in place with large steps front and rear. Stainless Steel Safety chains with captive pin stainless steel D-Shackles. Stainless steel Brakes calipers and hoses, and LED trailer Lights Dual 1 7/8" and 50mm Coupling, Winch.

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