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Looking at buying my first boat. A Rhodes 19. It looks to be a little older, and the bottom needs a scrape, could use some paint, but the rigging is all new, bright-work is only a year gone, and I hope to bring it back. Comes with a two-stroke with about 100hours on it. All for 1400 american. Deal or no deal?
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Solid boat. If centerboard model check the winch and cable. What about the sails? If it all checks out it is a good deal.
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$1400? That's pretty inexepensive, a race ready R19 around here go $5-8000.

The first basic question about a R19 is whether the ribs are solid. They are a pain/$$$ to replace. The second is whether the decks are soft, same reason.
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Re: R19

I haven't been able to see the sails but seller says it comes with main, jib and two spinnakers. Its a keel model and not a centerboard.

What should I expect to spend on a haul-out if I do the scraping and painting myself?
The ribs are not exposed, how do I check them? (I feel silly asking this one for some reason)
Is there any reason one should not do this kind of work and leave it to a professional?


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Re: R19

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I'd call around local marinas. They usually charge by the foot, but might give you a break because of the size of your boat. I'd certainly ask. I don't recall there being ribs, so I'm not much help there either. Generally, tapping with a plastic mallet is how one checks for wet spots. Make sure you spread out the sails and check them carefully. Are they flaked nicely or a crumpled mess? Mildewed? Worn around batten pockets, grommets round etc.
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Re: R19

See Soft Ribs under "Ten Things to Check

Rhodes 19: Tips on Buying

See regarding repairs:
Rhodes 19: Retrofit Article
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