Used Rhodes 22 sailboats

 forgive the running of this picture twice in this site

 but it is worth a thousand words in subsidizing the

 Certificate of Support program. 

   Lots of boat owners collected lots of money from lots of insurance companies in the afterwake of storm

   Sandy's wind and rain that drowned the barrier islands of New Jersey.  A few were Rhodes.  And for some

   of them, the horror stories were yet to come.   The C of S story goes beyond insurance for those wanting

   to turn their consolation dollars back into sailing time.

In addition to being able to see so many Rhodes in a single location without having to go to all points of the country to look at single choices, purchasing your used Rhodes from the GB Used Boat Corral has the exclusive feature of being able to purchase a boat with the unheard of right to opt for a NEW or updated RECYCLED version with 100% of the purchase price of the original boat applied to the purchase price of the newer model. This amazing program effectively allows sailing a Rhodes for up to two years with no depreciation cost penalty should you and your family decide that you then would like to move up to a New or Recycled "new boat guarantee" Rhodes having the color scheme and features you now want in your next Rhodes.    Boats purchased from the Corral automatically come with the Support Program . 

in this sea of masts the Rhodes is the only 22 with
      IMF (Innermasst Furling) for the easiest, safest,
                                   fastest sail handling possible.
              IMF replacement is only available from GB

the Rhodes Certificate of Support: a Win, Win, Win  

Rhodes community program


Look at it this way. If the workers at a plant vote 75% for a union should the 25% who voted against the union nevertheless be entitled to the benefits the union negotiates, even though they do not financially support the ongoing existence of that union?   A loose simile but it makes the valid points you, as a sailboat owner, should grasp.   A sailboat is not a car.  They last forever.  One sailboat can fulfill  your lifetime sailing career wants - if it is a Rhodes.   As important, even though it has brought you so much joy all those years and owes you nothing, its resale value is amazing -  if it is still in production.  The rhodes is startingits seond 50 years, a mileston in the sailingindustry. stillit time to seel, holds  for your entire sailinglsnow.Important notice to those purchasing used Rhodes 22s:  If the seller does not sell the boat with a support number, or you do not elect to obtain a number for that boat, General Boats can not recognize that boat as still being an existing Rhodes.  One of the multifaceted values of longevity: Should the next owner want to finance his or her purchase, lenders are much more responsive with much more attractive rates, as compared to buying a used boat no longer being built.. 

An attorney Rhodes owner puts it best, “The Certificate of Support program is not rocket science.  If you buy a boat from or through GB, you get plenty of support, if you sell your boat privately (not to or through General Boats) the buyer is owed nothing from GB, unless he, she or you pay the 10% of the sale price certificate of support cost.  No problem, no sweat, very fair, OK?”  

If you own a Rhodes and are considering selling it, consider pricing it to include the 10% cost of your transferring the value added numbered Certificate of Support along with your title.  A same year Rhodes may be on the market, but yours comes with a Certificate of Support - the competitive advantage deal clincher. 

If you are considering buying a used Rhodes from a private owner, consider the multi long term advantages of buying from an owner who can provide you with a numbered Certificate of Support for that particular boat. If you want to purchase a Rhodes where the owner has elected not to include the sale of that boat in this program, you can still submit the 10% of purchase price amount to GB on your own.  The C of S gives you 24/7 access to the plant.  None Certificate of Support calls must be directed back to the seller of that particular boat; otherwise General Boats' free support program time is unfairly diverted from the Rhodes' community of company supporters.  

One of the reasons Rhodes 22 Sailboats maintain their high resale value is that General Boats is one of the few sailboat companies to have weathered uninterrupted, continuous production since the start of the popular small sailboat revolution in the US in 1959.

The prime reason lending institutions offer more attractive rates to used Rhodes buyers is credited to the fact that the Rhodes is still being manufactured.  Financing the purchase of used boats, now out of production and manufactured by builders now out of business, as well as financing used boats, intentionally obsolete by manufacturers who bring out a different model to force-feed dealership's inventories, is more difficult and costly.

The reason buyers go to such extremes in seeking out a Rhodes to buy and the reason Rhodes‘ owners find it so easy to sell their Rhodes, is due to the extensive educational efforts General Boats employs in showing and explaining all the unique advantages of owning and sailing a Rhodes:  Boat Shows, big, interesting mailings, maintaining two web sites, giving demonstration sails, supporting the publishing of endless magazine articles and sailing book reviews, excellence in after purchase support.  (In a recent internet survey the Rhodes was rated #1, with a Beneteau 39 coming in second.)  General Boats devotes support time at no charge to Rhodies committed to helping keep the Rhodes an ongoing, living sailboat legend.  

“Stan sold us on the Rhodes 22 at a boat show in Michigan.  We stumbled across an 86 for sale shortly thereafter and have been enjoying it ever since.”  The only thing wrong with this happy picture is that, having poured all the time and money into making this supply and demand sale happen, General Boats does not end up with a single cent reimbursement of its very large selling investment - a formula for a shorter ongoing company life.  The Certificate of Support program is a way around success killing General Boats.  To have the resources to cater to those who support this program, private party buyers without a Certificate number, who after their purchase then turn to GB for help, are directed back to the party who sold them their boat.   

Purchasing your boat with a Certificate number provides you with factory support during the entire time period of your ownership.  You will be able to call a GB cell number anytime when time is of the essence.  You will be able to e-mail questions and get prompt problem solving replies.  And you will have access for ordering Rhodes’ parts at favorable quotes as well as obtaining parts that are not available from any other source.  And, when it is time to sell your boat, GB’s help can be invaluable.

Many items for your Rhodes can be purchased from many big box marine stores at competitive discounting. However certain key parts of the Rhodes are custom built by General Boats specifically to suit the Rhodes unique features and they are not available from other sources.  These boat elements can be purchased from General Boats where Rhodies who have elected to support the Certificate of Support program are entitled to first availability and substantially lower pricing:  The Rhodes pop top assembly, Molded Hatches, Doors, IMF Mast, all of the centerboard system parts, rudder head, rudder blade, motor lift trolley and tracks - many many other proprietary components needed to keep you sailing after an insured accident or storm damage