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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.
03-06-2014 01:05 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

I'd be honored to speak at SFYC. Let me know how you would like to set this up.

Email me at

Warning: I'm not nearly as exciting in person as I appear on the internet.
I don't wear the Batman costume.

Bob P.
03-05-2014 01:47 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

Hello Bob,
Thank you for your reply.
I guess we both have good taste in yacht design. That is quite the compliment coming from you to Phil Rhodes. I also enjoy your designs and have sailed on a CT 54 from California through the canal ,I deliver Reknow the Cheoy Lee to PV, sailed on many Tayanas one of which won the Oriental Cup in North Carolina. My favorite was the Valliant I raced one from the Sausalito Yacht Club.
Would you ever consider being a speaker for the Wednesday yachtsman luncheon at the Saint Francis YC?
03-05-2014 12:05 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

To my eye there is not an ugly line on that boat. This design is the specific design that made me determined to become a yacht designer. I wanted to design things that beautiful. Still trying.
03-05-2014 11:58 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

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.
03-10-2012 04:05 AM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Chesapeake 32.... pretty.....

Indeed... But it would be hard to try sailing one of these around the PNW in summer, I suspect..
Naaaa - just have a 3 oz. 225% Gennie on board. It would be interesting to see what would happen if someone put a modern high SA/D rig on a boat like that. Adding 6 or 8 feet to the mast would probably perk things right up in light air.
03-09-2012 11:43 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

I may be biased but I agree that they are great looking boats. If you like the look and use them for what they are designed for you will not be disappointed. Rhodes made some great boats that have stood the test of time.
03-09-2012 10:24 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

Originally Posted by SloopJonB View Post
AFAIAC, any Rhodes boat is worth owning just because it will be so beautiful. No-one ever drew a more beautiful sheerline than Phil Rhodes.
Chesapeake 32.... pretty.....

Indeed... But it would be hard to try sailing one of these around the PNW in summer, I suspect..
03-09-2012 10:19 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

AFAIAC, any Rhodes boat is worth owning just because it will be so beautiful. No-one ever drew a more beautiful sheerline than Phil Rhodes.
03-09-2012 03:45 PM
Re: Rhodes Chesapeake 32

just went through my dad's old files. he was involved in ev pearson's and dick fisher's forays into the fiberglass world back in the 50s-early 60s. nope. chesapeakes definitely did not have centerboards. got the plans/photos/specs right here . think some folks are getting the chessie confused with similar designs. to further edify some of these armchair sailors, the chessie was not built to a cca standard. otherwise it would have had a centerboard, etc. it was built initially for the very choppy baltic and north sea area and represented a really conservative "sea" boat. think some of you younger folks have never really sailed such a boat. now back to my luders 33.
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