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11-26-2013 09:32 PM
jgracia
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

Cdock, I own a 1964 Swiftsure Commodore in Baltimore, MD area. It's a project boat. A lot of wet core in side decks, and in need of paint and other upgrades, but I love its lines. There's a Seafarer page on Facebook with lots of info, pics, and fellow addicts. Good luck!
09-09-2013 06:07 PM
chipdance
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

There is a Swiftsure 33 in a storage yard nearby that has been neglected for years. I'm hoping to get in touch with the owner to see if they are willing to sell. I am hoping (if I can purchase her) to do a re fit in time for retirement, 20+ years from now

Keep us posted on your re fit progress.
08-26-2013 11:24 PM
cdock
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

Mine regrettabley is not. I'm in the middle of a re fit. I'm just over in mass so a visit is very doable. Id love so much to see one in person fully assembled. is yours a 33? I look forward to meeting you and checking out your vessel thanks so much! Anxiously-cody
08-23-2013 12:11 AM
Sinterklaas1959
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

The boat was just launched on the Delaware river north of Philly at the yard where the repairs were done. I do plan on sailing back home to jersey city within a month. If you live nearby you could take a look. Is yours in the water?
08-22-2013 11:17 PM
cdock
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

Awesome thanks for the reply. thats one hell of a story, a story reassuring me that i made a good purchase. where are you out of? If at all possible id like to come take a look at your boat. Thanks again for the reply-cody
08-22-2013 12:54 AM
Sinterklaas1959
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

Sorry to not have responded earlier. I have owned a 1959 Rhodes Swiftsure for 16 years now. I've seen the boat through quite a few repairs over these years. It was swept into the woods on Staten Island by Sandy and saw serious damage but also showed how strongly she was built. I decided to save the boat and had her repaired at Cherubini Yachts. Just launched on Friday. I'd be happy to answer any questions...
06-21-2013 04:28 PM
Mechsmith
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

Check out the

Seafarer Research Center. They have background info on the NY built Seafarers and some references to the Dutch built ones.
06-17-2013 07:13 PM
nolatom
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

I remember Brian Ackworth from back in the '60s and '70s when he would visit some of the Seafarer dealers, i.e. my Dad. Good guy, outgoing, positive outlook.

And the Seafarers were the first real foothold my Dad had as a dealer, aside from the wood boats Graves still built in the '60s (Barnegat 20s, 210s). Meridian, Ranger, Swiftsure, others. Later it was Cheoy Lee, Morgan, Islander, Allied. And I was old enough to be the delivery skipper to states with no sales tax, So Marblehead to Rye NH was a route I learned by doing.

Ah, the good old days--gasoline engines, roller reefing, short hobbyhorsing waterlines, no electronics, but God was it fun...
06-17-2013 07:56 AM
Jeff_H
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

I seem to recall hearing that Brian Acworth had passed on a few years ago. But I cannot swear that I remember that correctly. Brian lived in Huntington when I knew him and a google search showed this:

Acworth Foundation
775 Park Ave
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 425-7624

The Acworth Foundation was established in recognition of the education that founder Brian Acworth received through the altruism of others after he was evacuated from the U.K. during the Second World War. Because of the generosity of others, Mr. Acworth was able to attend the Choate School in Connecticut for grades 9 through 12. There are many participating schools throughout the United States and England.

You might try to contact the Ackworth Foundation in Huntington and see what they can tell you.
06-17-2013 01:28 AM
cdock
Re: rhodes Commodore swiftsure

Thank you all again. Good info and jeff is this brian you speak of still around?
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