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Hi Carla. Welcome. I'm surprised no one has responded yet. The Rhodes 19 is a great boat for a beginner: it is a forgiving, stable but fun boat to sail. Love, love, love that design. I'd say that price is a bit high, but if it comes with a mooring in a place where they are scarce, that's a different animal and may very well be worth the money. Tell us more about the boat; the Rhodes 19 comes in several flavors and has been produced for many years, so the age and model will impact the value. Is this the centerboard or fixed keel model? Teak seats or fiberglass? Does it come with a trailer? Outboard engine? What is the condition of the trailer/engine?

For checking the condition of the boat, I highly recommend this book:


Lots of great information there. There is a wealth of experience here too that you can tap into. Go to the boat and take a zillion pictures. Post whatever questions you might have and someone (at least me for sure) will get back to you asap.

For inspecting the mooring, there's not much you can do without diving on the mooring or pulling it. You can ask specifically what kind of mooring it is (screw? dead weight?), when it was last serviced and who serviced it, but you may just have to take a flyer. As for the costs, you can ask the harbormaster. If the mooring rights come with the boat and this is a prime location, that may be the more valuable commodity here. I don't know much about Portland (except that I love to visit there in the summer), so I can't be of much help there.

Best of luck to you in your search.
 

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sounds like you've bought the boat. Good for you; as I said, the Rhodes 19 is one of the all time great day sailers. Just a great boat to learn on and grow with. Because you mention keel bolts, I am assuming you have the fixed keel model. I think this design just sails better than the swing keel model; however, it is more difficult to trailer and launch. All in all, taking into consideration the trailer and the mooring rights, it sounds like you made a good deal.
 
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