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sorry guys, I know I've asked a lot about small boats, but I need to find some other models to my liking, because it has been a long time since I saw an O'day Sprite for sail. length should be 9-12 feet, preferably main sail and jib, centreboard, room for 2, and under $500
must be stable and seaworthy.

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You wont see many 12 foot sloops. Sounds like you want a Turnabout, also known as the N10 http://www.n10association.com/ . You might find a wooden one in that price range.
PS - best for a bunch of kids or two very small adults...

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Can they be single handed?

Well, maybe not sloops, but probably boats in that range that can be sailed with one or two smallish people.

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There are so many, I don't know where to start. My brother had a Dyer Dhow, which is about nine feet. He outgrew it when he was about 14. (He is 21 now, and 6'4") I sailed them at camp too, they are nice, double as a dinghy too. Another boat I have sailed which is only slightly larger than the size you mentioned is a Blue Jay. It is 13'6" and has a Main, Jib and Spinnaker. It is a nice boat, I had one when I was about 14 and could single hand it with just the main up. They are phasing them out as junior sailing boats on the East Coast, so you may be able to find some relatively cheap right now.
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Its amazing how much boats cost nowadays. The preowned 10 footers listed above are around 2 grand! A new Flying Scot is around 14! You might find an old sunfish in the $500 range, (A great little boat: No jib and Two adults is not an easy fit) but not much else.
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okay...
Sometimes I see turnabouts in the local swap it or sell it guide, but they are always atleast $1000
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Have you considered building one ? Lots of plans about and you could buy the materials well under your budget. Good family project.
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I have considered that, but most of the kits that I have come across have been quite expensive, and I do not believe in using marine plywood as it is made of endangered rainforest trees.
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Smile GTP Jester 12'

I just bought a 12' Glastec Products Inc, Jester fiberglas Sailing Dingy made in 1975 for $500.00 but I had to buy new sails, Main and Jib. The hull is in practically new shape and the previous owner threw in the trailer with the deal. (I had to put new bearings in both wheels before I could move it.) So there are deals out there. This coming year I'll take some pictures and sell it the year after for a larger boat. With the new sails and the old sails repaired I should get enough to make a down payment on a daysailer.
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What about a Holder 12
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