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09-24-2016 01:16 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

Ches 32s, Vanguards, Tritons, Bristols 32, 27, and even the B24 (mine a Sailstar) that I lived aboard and cruised singlehanded for 15 years - with all their negatives (painfully slow and weather-helmed) are the kind of boats that their proud skippers just can't seem to take their eyes off as they row (yes, row!) ashore from their anchorages at the end of a long day. If a sailboat isn't pretty, it makes no difference how fast they sail, how high they point - none of that matters one whit to hopelessly old-school folks like myself. I traded my 3-piece dicksuit and wingtips and handsome salary at age 41 to sell house in the burbs, car, truck, daysailer, and anything else I couldn't/wouldn't stow aboard for a lifestyle that had always been calling me. My boss said "You know you're committing career suicide, don't you?" when I left. "Great!" I told him, "can I have that in writing?". Never looked back...
09-23-2016 07:19 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

Originally Posted by sailorted View Post
Hello All,
I was the proud owner of Chesapeake hull 55 1962 and sailed it to Mexico from San Francisco twice. Great boat with very few problems . I was once coming up the coast of California in 20+ foot sea in winter and the Chesapeake came through without any gear failures.
Because of its beauty she was in commercials for Penzoil,Topsider Rolls Royce, Sausalito Art Festival, and Crazy Shirts did there entire catalog on the Chesapeake 32. I sold it for $25,000.00 .I started sailing on her when I was ten years old and bought her for $18,000.00 when I was 16 years old.
Looks like somebody has taken care of her - just listed on Craigslist SF - $14,500. I am typically not a fan of a traditional hull, but I am always a fan of a beautiful boat, and this boat is that.
11-16-2015 04:08 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
It has a very high rating on the "row away factor" scale.

11-16-2015 12:12 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

I'd bet you that Phil Rhodes did not draw that sheer. I don't think he was doing any hands on designing at that point. He had a big office of talented designers. He managed a large staff.
But I agree with you that the boats that came out of his office always had great sheerlines.
11-16-2015 11:51 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

Originally Posted by krisscross View Post
IMO Rhodes was THE master of sheerlines.
11-16-2015 11:33 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

That is the exact design that convinced me that I needed to be a yacht designer. It has aged very well. Wish I had aged as well.
11-16-2015 08:30 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

1964 CHESAPEAKE 32 Sail Boat For Sale -
That is one good looking boat.
11-16-2015 01:49 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

here is a photo
11-16-2015 01:46 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

I know of one Chesapeake 32 for sale that does have a modernish fractional rig. There is a 1964 Chesapeake 32 in Norwalk CT for sale, I would include the link but this site does not allow me until I have 10 posts. If you see one with a sail number of 165 this is my dad's old boat, he rebuilt everything on her in the late 80s-early 90s including replacing the original rotten wooden mast with an aluminum one, kept the same headstay length and raised the mast 6 ft while shortening the boom along with new decks, basically new interior, new engine and all systems. What a dream to sail in light/medium air. She had a little bit of weather helm as the breeze increased, but for summer in new England, you just reef early. I really miss the boat. I would have bought her back but I just recently bought a 40' Luders 27. Overall the Chesapeake 32 is a great small cruising boat.
07-27-2015 05:42 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

I purchased my Rhodes Chesapeake in 2009 and when i did I thought I made the biggest mistake of my life. After owning "modern cruisers" with fin keel, wheel steering etc. I found the vessel to be unmanageable with rough seas and higher winds. But something has happened over the years.... I've become a better sailor. She has taught me well in understanding how she works. As my other sailboats and with modern cruisers you just simply raise the sails and move. The Rhodes Chesapeake I have found can handle any conditions with ease. She trims beautifully.... I can have her balanced and sailing on her own while I read a book with my feet off the side in 20kt winds. She's pretty and fast. This boat was not built for creature comforts though you can squeeze a bit inside. She was built for sailing first. If you want a dock queen buy a Hunter or Beneteau..... If you want to sail, I mean really really sail buy the Chesapeake.
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