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Rhodes Bantam
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Description: Rhodes Bantam
Keywords: Rhodes Bantam
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri February 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Superb sailing dinghy designed by Phillip L. Rhodes, sloop rigged, with vertical prow and similar style to GP14 English boat. Fast sailer with main, job and spinnacker. My boat, Tristan, is made of mahogany plywood and mahogany trim. My wife noticed the wooden Bantams are more stable than the fiberglass versions. We discovered that the woodies use a steel centerboard compared to the fiberglass versions aluminum. Once a very active class, they make great daysailers!
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Registered: June 2006
Location: Spokane Valley WA
Posts: 65
Review Date: Sun August 14, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Stable, comfortable day sailor
Cons: Need to be fit to hike out in heavy winds

Built a replica Rhodes Bantam from a set of plans my Dad left me when he died...very stable boat, RB Association went out of business in the mid 80's but there are still some gems out there...agree with the previous poster...wood is much better for sailing and seem to be more stable than the full tank or partial tank glass boats. Wood mast is flexible and helps with sailing performance where the aluminum hast is a stick in the wind...love the little boat as a day sailor...great in light winds (only 325 lbs) and very able to handle rough waters. I sail it on a large lake in Northern Idaho, and 15-25 know winds are not uncommon...Spinnaker is a great addition but can pull you over if you try to use it as a reaching sail. I can't say enough good about the boat...Phil Rhodes Bantam sails evermore!
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