Hard to Tell

they come  





We have waited for you for 59 years.  Another year or two is fine - but the odds  favor, whether you are moving up or down or sideways, the dream of sailing a Rhodes will creep into your decision making.

In the meantime let this site and  http://www.generalboats.com

sweeten those dreams.

where do they come from?   

We buy them back.  You’re a brain surgeon?  Rather than dressing ship, placing ads, making appointments that don’t show, negotiating, arranging for delivery, etc.; you are better served selling your boat back to GB and using that time for an extra brain job.  

Lots of reasons for owners eventually selling: Moving up to a bigger boat.  Moving down to a smaller boat..... Moving to the desert.  Maybe a mutinous crew.  Regardless of the need to sell, many owners prefer to call GB.  We take them as is, where is. 

what do we do with them?    

Recycling candidates go through a meat grinder and come out ready to stand up to a new boat guarantee. Lots of new design upgrades are automatically installed. New hull color, new rub rail, new water line stripe, new bottom paint, are to buyers’ color selections.  And then the boat is outfitted to the new owner’s specifications to look and feel and sail like the nearest thing to a brand new Rhodes 22 sailboat.

who buys them?

You do if you wanted a new boat but are not ready for a 50K new boat tag.  You do if you want to go sailing the minute you get your “new” boat home as opposed to a project boat or used boat that first needs work.   You do if you want the sailing comfort and recompense peace of the New Boat Guarantee.    

what do they cost?    

For the most part the package price of a recycled Rhodes is based on the age of the boat and any wanted added options - generally $20K to $40K.

a privately purchased 87and a recycled 87 are not the same Boat.  Some recycling automatics:

centerboard/keel system

rub rail color /hull color/ waterline color/bottom  paint color/electrical LED/         sail furling systems/    plant upgrades/ 

buyer upgrades/

lots, lots more


Since  you do not

see your finished recycled boat until it  is finished, the ground rules are: 

If "your" boat does not come out to be even more than you imagined it would be, you do not take it.

Recycling is costly:  Labor intensive, time intensive (overhead), upgrading of features and replacement of parts as needed/wanted, cost of resale, a modest profit - if successful.  Yet a recycled Rhodes, with new boat guarantee and aesthetics to challenge a new Rhodes, can be owned for as little as half the cost of an equivalently outfitted New Rhodes.