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post #25 of Old 03-09-2012
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Re: The legacy of Philip Rhodes

jeffH, not sure the hunters, beneteaus, etc of today's racing standards would be considered in the same seaworthy league as the old rhodes: partly their weak construction, partly their high freeboard, and partly their wide beams. for weekenders they are fine. for real blue water sailing for extended periods they are horrible. then again if you really want to take along your washing machine and tv; they are great. but if you want motion comfort, safety in roaring conditions, and a solid hull around you, the new boats are just not up to snuff. btw: almost all boats sail at hull speed in anything but light air. if you sail the trades, there is little difference in speed between similar waterlines.
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