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08-03-2015 11:13 PM
Re: The legacy of Philip Rhodes

My first big boat was a 48' Phil Rhodes cutter. A TransPac veteran, her last race was in 1963. It was kinda cool to zip around the bay, outrunning many of the powerboats of the day.
I began my circumnavigation on her, 7/7/70.
08-03-2015 10:36 PM
Tom & Jake
Re: The legacy of Philip Rhodes

I have a Rhodes 22 and love it. Just acquired a Rhodes Ranger that we will be refinishing and would love to hear from anyone who has one or knows something about what the interior and exterior should look like.
12-14-2012 08:34 PM
Re: The legacy of Philip Rhodes

Great article...I built a wooden Rhodes Bantam a couple years ago from a set of plans my dad left me when he died...fine one design boat and I race it occasionally during the summers on Lake Pend Orielle in Idaho.
Ed Simpson...Spokane WA
03-09-2012 05:06 PM
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.
01-25-2012 01:13 PM
Wolfhound You're welcome, Bob.

It was no gift, however; you earned it.
01-25-2012 12:08 PM
bobperry Wolf:
Thank you for saying that. I needed a boost this morning.
01-24-2012 06:04 PM
Wolfhound Ben Stavis has done a splendid job memorializing a great naval architect & his work. His words obviously come from the heart. Thank you, Ben.

As a boy, I grew up particularly admiring the designs of Herreshoff, of Burgess, of Rhodes, of Stephens, and of Bill Tripp. When in the Newburyport & Boston areas, I heard many stories of Donald McKay, and later listened, absorbed, for hours while my Father argued design with Howard Chapelle at the Smithsonian. Few among the mostly fleeting accomplishments of we humans rise to the level that designing a great vessel does, and all these inspired naval architects were men of genius.

Bob, you may not (yet) have drawn the best of all sheerlines, but your contributions are substantial and lasting, and you've shown yourself worthy to walk proudly in the company of these legendary benefactors of art, and of humanity.

Great music is a matter of balance and proportion and harmony, all of which may be mathematically expressed.

The lines of a well-designed vessel are music molded to move with the mind of the waters.
11-11-2011 06:45 PM
bobperry What a great article. Rhodes was my very favorite designer as a kid. Sometimes I play this game with myself where I wonder what it would be like to travel back in time and one of the things I would do for sure is to try to have Phil Rhodes teach me how to draw a sheer. I'm not sure we will ever see sheerlines as sweet as those again.
11-01-2011 10:30 PM
No720s Does any one have any info on the Swiftsure #7 built in 1960 at deVries. It was heavily modified around 2000. Any info would be appreciated. Trisha
06-06-2011 05:25 AM
libertysridhar Anymore information on Rhodes ranger could be very helpful. This one is a really good thread. Keep Posting. All the Best!
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