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opinions on a few small boats before I buy
Wanna buy a boat this weekend. Looking for opinions for daysailer for wife and 3 year old daughter, want it to be safe for them, good learner for my wife, but still fun for me (i'm a big boat cruiser and want some little boat speed speed). No real cabin needed, but don't want a "sit on" dinghy, want a sit in boat with benches. We're sailing protected bays mostly, Must be centerboard (not enough H20 at low tide for keelboat). I'm looking at the following all used: Rhodes 19 ($6K, w/engine is $7K), catalina capri 17.5 (3K, no engine, needs new jib, glass needs some glass work R hull), catboats (ie beetlecat,real pretty), flying scott.
My thoughts, never having sailed any of these boats:
-Rhodes 19 is tried/true, solid boat, comparatively dry and stable, still fun to sail fast if you want, probably best bet all around. A little pricey for me though at $6-7K, but may do anyway.
Catalina capri: maybe easier to handle, faster, but more exposed, wetter, less forgiving than Rhodes. Price is better tho ($3k). will need new engine, head sail, and will need to fix glass delam on strbrd side.
Beetlecat; real pretty, love the classic look, comfy and safe for my kid but not a great challenge to sail given one sail, thus not a great learner for my wife and not very exciting for me. Could be wrong, I've never sailed these.
Flying Scot: Real fun, solid boat, only downside is it's hard to rig an engine on it. That and there' none for sale in my area anyway (cape cod).
Maybe wrong on all counts, if so set me straight. Otherwise, I'll probably spend more than I wanted to and go for the rhodes 19, but would love to hear people's thoughts/experience first...