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Where is it located? what kind of shape is it in and what are they asking? ..... interested in it if you aren't
It's in Reston VA. Moving there very soon. I am very interested in it, however it appears the present owner does not appreciate my dilemma and therefore is no longer responding to my offers. With everyone's help here, he now knows what it is and possibly thinks he's going to get a bunch more money for it. ??? Or he thinks I'm some kind of scammer... or he's the scammer. Happens all the time on Craigslist - as soon as you start asking for real e-mail addresses or telephone numbers, the seller goes quiet.

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Understand. Not enough room here to explain my goals. Let's just say I have a "tippy" wife who needs to adjust to "open water". And little, if any, racing. At this point, stability, construction, and resale tops my list. It seems the CC Rhodes fits that bill.
Based on your brief description, if you are thinking a dinghy your should seriously consider the Flying Scot. It nails all of your points.

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... Or he thinks I'm some kind of scammer... or he's the scammer. Happens all the time on Craigslist - as soon as you start asking for real e-mail addresses or telephone numbers, the seller goes quiet.
Yeah, and then the fact he didn't even know what kind of boat he owned????


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Yeah, and then the fact he didn't even know what kind of boat he owned????
Yep. Missing Mfr plate too. Hmmm...

I'll probably just go for a $1000 Buccanner with a rusty trailer and be happy getting anything near that price back. Who cares if it tips. I feel the wife probably needs to take a few dunks to learn getting wet is nothing to be afraid of. Thanks again to all!

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FS, Bucc, Rhodes

....In that order. At least in my humble point of view.

Of the three designs the Flying Scot is likely the best choice. Reasonably quick, very stable and forgiving, and comfortable. You can rent one at Belle Haven Marina Alexandria VA to see what they are all about. Be careful when shopping for these as the hulls are cored and may be wet/delaminating. They tend to hold their value well though due to their popularity..

The 18' Buccaneer is essentially an oversized Laser II. The low freeboard and tenderness means you need to pay attention lest you want to be swimming in sometimes filthy Potomac/Chesapeake water. Thee is a small but growing fleet in S. Maryland and you may be able to try one out there.

The Rhodes 18, as mentioned before, is heavily laid up and will takes many years of abuse. But because of its weight you'll find the performance very sedate and, in in the light summer winds common to the Potomac and Chesapeake, you may be disappointed. These boats are popular in New England and, specifically, Cape Cod Shipbuilding's home waters of Buzzards Bay -- where 12 knots of wind or more is not uncommon. And yes, the cockpit can feel cramped (unless you were raised sailing a Mercury).
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