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I am about to buy Hull #11 Rhodes Ranger in need of much repair. My primary concern is that the deck core may be delaminated. It feels a little soft when I walk on it but no places feel really bad. Has anyone repaired a RR deck? I assume they are balsa core? Does anyone have experience with these boats? How do they sail?

I hope I am not making a mistake buying this old a boat. Thanks for any advice you can give me.
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I would highly recommend you NOT buy a boat in need of much repair. Many "project" boats actually have a NEGATIVE VALUE, in that you can not repair it for less than the boat could be sold for in good condition.

I'd also recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether any boats you look at are even worth going forward on, saving you the price of a survey on boats that aren't worth looking at further.
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Thanks Sailingdog for your advice about my Rhodes Ranger purchase. I am hardheaded and will probably go ahead with the project anyway. I know your advise is correct but several things make me want to ignore it. Most importantly the boat is free. Also I have waterfront property in a secure anchorage where there will be no storage costs. I am a mechanic and carpenter who has volunteered at the local Maritime Museum boat shop for 4 years. Therefore I will have no labor costs.
I have really fallen in love with 1960's vintage style. I am finishing uo a 1968 Tripp Sailmaster 26 as I write this. Thanks for your survey link. It is excellent.
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Well, if you love working on boats and the need to sail isn't your major priority, which seems to be the case, and you're getting the boat for free...then by all means, go ahead. It certainly sounds like you've got the skills to work on the boat. I hope you have a shed large enough to cover the boat while you're doing the projects like recoring the deck. BTW, I'd highly recommend re-coring the deck from the top, not the bottom. It is far easier to do that way.
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