I may soon have the pleasure of owning a Rhodes 40 Cutter, built 1954. I've been on here before looking for a year-round live-aboard for my wife and I (see "oak boat" et al).
This Rhodes is mehogony on oak, with teak cockpit. Its Marconi Cutter Rig with an aluminum mast (the origional wood one burned in a rig-bard fire in Thunder Bay. New sails -full batten main, roller Genny.
Questions for you all (thank you for all your previous help)
We love the boat; is it a wise purchase to live on ($48,000 CDN)?
Neither one of us has sailed. I plan to have the boat delivered to our winter slip, do the book-courses over the winter, and take sailing lessons next season. Then have a sail-master come aboard and teach me to sail it.
The boat will be in the water year-round except for hauling for underbody painting and maintenance, and surveys.
I searched for Rhodes and saw some beautiful pictures of a Yaul. Some of those where Marconi and some Gaff. The mast on this boat is Aluminum, and at some point I'll want a wood mast (my wife is allergic to aluminum) Would a Gaff cutter (with topsail) be appropriate, and where would I get the origional plans/sail plans etc.
Thanks; a lot of questions, but hopefully a lot of grist for the discussion mill.