RJ - I'm not really sure what a Whaler Squall is - although I think that I may have one.
9' 6", center board with handle lever (closed box), center seat across the box. Aft seat with hinged cover (partial), transom has metal housing for insert of rudder
pintle. Does that sound like it?
If so, great all around sailing dinghy
. Originally designed with lanteen sail. I've changed mine to marconi. Bought a length of irrigation pipe and cut it down to about 12'. A 5' piece of alum. tubing for the boom with a small goose neck fitting - also installed a track on the boom for the goose neck. The real problem with this boat, is the rudder
. The piece that attaches to the rudder and fits into the single
gudgeon on the transom lip.
As Gord says, for just a sailing starter, the Sunfish is your best bet - and also, as he says, the parts for it will be easier to find.
As for cleaning
- shrug - depends on what has cruded up the boat. Probably a lot of elbow
grease, and then some paint
to spruce it up.