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I am professorfoggy, in Cincinnati, Ohio... We have a 1962 Rhodes Meridian, a full keel with moderate fore cutaway, with attached rudder, 25' LOA sloop, made in Holland, with original Spruce mast and boom. We are restoring WATERMARK. She originally sailed Long Island Sound, then Lake Superior, The Upper Mississippi River and Tampa Bay, and when she is restored, she may go to Lake Erie... I have sailed a ketch off the coast of Santa Barbara on the Pacific, an Alden schooner on Lake Michigan, and a schooner out of North Carolina...
Philip L. Rhodes sailboats always had a beautiful sheer line, and, for the most part were built to the CCA rules, which made a much safer and more comfortable sailboat in medium to heavy weather. I have sailed new Benneteaus, Hunters, Catalinas and others, but would not trade my Rhodes Meridian for any.