One of the beauties in buying from the Corral is that you can have anything done to the boat before sailing or driving away from the plant - even a real marine toilet upgrade:


“Philip, I’m a strong advocate of the marine head as opposed to the bucket or porta-potty - and I have used them all.  Get an opening hatch over the head so you can pee standing up - one of the most important safety features of this boat - and a feature not available on many boas twice our size."

(If you look carefully, across the Hudson River you can see the two World Trade Center Towers   - before. )

“Rich, I came back to sailing after many years and now wanted hassle free sailing.  So I bought a recycled Rhodes directly from Stan with the GB new boat warranty.  Nobody at my marina believes the boat is not new.  I can tell you my only regret is having waited as long as I did to get my Rhodes.”

being spoiled by the Rhodes exclusive

cockpit swivel seats.

or looking forward to

​dining out this evening

“Jb,  I first decided that I wanted a trailerable that I could sail around the Patuxent River, or the eastern shores of VA or trail to the Albemarle for weekends or extended stays.  I first honed in on the Potter 19, small, easily trailed - then I got on one at the Annapolis show.  The center board was very much in the way.....then I got on the Rhodes was like night and day (editor’s note:  Not really fair to compare a 19 with a 22, the Potter is a nice boat for the size and money).  The price of the Rhodes was a little much for me and I checked out other boats - Hunter, Catalina, etc., but kept coming back to the Rhodes.  Then, using the logic I was not likely to buy one boat then move up, I decided to go with a used Rhodes, recycled with the new boat guarantee.  I like the idea that the boat is refurbished by the original manufacturer and they stand by the product.  Also I was told by seasoned sailors who do not even own a Rhodes, that they are very sound boats.”

            note the snow capped Oregon mountain. . .

“Lee, I sailed my first Rhodes on the Chesapeake for 16 years.  I currently have my second one here in Oregon.

I would without a doubt recommend that you go with a recycled one proposed by Stan.  It isn’t just the new boat warranty, it is what Stan does to and with the boat and its systems. No one does it better.  And the buy back policy is frosting on the cake"

Kathy, I m a woman in my mid fifties who purchased a used Rhodes from Stan 5 years ago.  I sailed that wonderful boat by myself all the time.  It is the perfect boat for starting. I did not know my price range when I started looking and the Rhodes was more than I anticipated, but I had looked for a year.  It had what I wanted for sailing on Kentucky Lake.  In the end the Rhodes was the very best value and I say that even today.”.

But most of the durable interest in the Rhodes comes via smitten owners chatting with smitten Rhodes wannabes.   

Professional advertising relies heavily on testimonials; good things the user tells the avertiser. 

The good stuff about the Rhodes is told by Rhodes sailors to sailboat dreamers.  Mostly we

are not told.   Leaks from the chat room let you see Rhodes ownership in the making. 

chatter amongst the Rhodies:

The Rhodes does not advertise.  

Sales materialize from

boat show appearances

and from stumbling across the several GB web sites. . . . . . 


"I'm hoping to expand my horizons  by taking advantage of the easy trailer-ability of the Rhodes.    The harbormaster in S. Dartmouth confirms for a small fee the trailer can park there for a week. That would be a jumping off point for cruising Buzzards's Bay, Martha's Vinyard and even Nantucket."

A variation of out Theme:   The Big Boats sail from A to B, rarely from E to F.   The Rhodes sails wherever it wants. . .  thanks to the Rhodes so easy-to-use Uni-Matic trailers.

“Our family vacationed at Chautauqua Lake in upstate NY with the used 84 Rhodes we picked out at the plant.  It was a joy being able to have our boat at the rented property’s dock in less than three feet of water and being able to use the centerboard as a brake during our landings.  I am impressed at how well it sails in light winds as well as heavier stuff.  We all enjoyed occasionally changing positions by standing in the cabin under the shelter of the raised pop top.  The family enjoyed the used Rhodes so much that we took advantage of the 100% credit two year program and returned our 84 for a brand New Rhodes. “

We started this "Chatter" page by

pointing out that

the Rhodes does

not advertise

But if we did, an ad

might look something

like this.



                                 or  this​              

​​For those finding good decision making guidance in our e-mail tappings, with Chatter2 you are going to raise that decision making value to the 'n'th degree as you join the crew on an amazing adventure; vicarious, almost as if in real time.  It may very well  help with your final decision making: This is not the boat for you or, you can't wait to sail the world with your own Rhodes tiller in hand. 

 I count his family size being 6, unless a few more are down below...

if we ever ran an ad

      M a k e   F r i e n d s   with  a   R h o d e s

yesterday these

bobbing heads

had never met,

no less been


with each other..

slightly damp outdoors?  There is always the cabin. with the pop top up and the pt enclosure, very nice.  with the pop top down, still nice and cozy.

​​​from a couple taking advantage of downtown Edenton's free overnight facilities:

"We were admiring our neighbor's floating home while he seemed to be longingly dreaming of sailing a Rhodes.  He actually paid us to help him tie up.  He pays more for bottom painting than we paid for our boat." 

A lake Superior shopper asked Practical Sailor for advise.   Practical Sailor, the “Consumers’ Reports” for the sailing industry, takes no ads so pulls no punches.

PS caters to its readers, not its advertisers. 


“I’m looking for a trailerable 20 to 26 foot easy to rig, singlehandable, and fast wouldn’t hurt either.”

The editor of PS published his reply:  “Of the four, the Rhodes appears to us the best choice.”   


Knowing Practical Sailor as we do, with their what they really think reporting on builder's products, our vest buttons began popping when we saw this.