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
You're welcome, Bob.
It was no gift, however; you earned it.
01-25-2012 12:08 PM
Thank you for saying that. I needed a boost this morning.
01-24-2012 06:04 PM
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
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
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
Anymore information on Rhodes ranger could be very helpful. This one is a really good thread. Keep Posting. All the Best!
11-15-2010 07:14 AM
Philip L. Rhodes, born in 1895, was a prolific and versatile boat designer, whose career spanned more than five decades from 1919 until his death in 1974. His range of design was amazing, from 123' motorsailers to 7' dinghies, from hydrofoil racers to giant motor yachts. His clients ranged from Rockefellers to Sears and Roebuck. His 12 Meter Weatherly won the America's Cup in 1962. And, in addition, he designed a wide range of commercial craft.
10-21-2010 09:08 AM
I owned one of the early Meridians, single-digit hull number, from the DeVries Lentsch yard in Amsterdam. Wonderful boat that steered herself on just about any heading --- no need to tie the tiller off, either, just let it horse around while the boat tracked straight. Small course adjustments were made by altering sail trim or shifting (human) ballast.
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