Editor’s note: My first sailboat, purchased with summer job earnings when I was 16, was a Force 5. I was considering a Laser, but was drawn to the Force 5’s mahogany blades, thwart and splash coaming, Harken blocks and 91 square foot North sail that gave the Force 5 more horsepower than the Laser. A friend of my father’s worked for AMF (the builder of the Force 5), and when he offered his employee discount I became the proud owner of #4935. Incidentally, AMF owned Harley-Davidson at that time and I was also keen on the 350 Sprint, an Italian import built by Aermacchi. Alas, my assertion that it would provide practical, economical transportation fell on deaf parental ears.