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Like the Volkswagen Beetle, this pocket cruiser has been much refined over the years. While most of the innovations are clever, some, at least occasionally, are a bother.

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As with many of our used boat reports, we invited owners of the Rhodes 22 to comment on its design, construction, quality of workmanship, performance, and customer service from the factory. We received a greater response, and a more uniformly enthusiastic response, than we’ve had to any similar request in recent years. Impressive, especially when you consider that only 50 of these boats are built each year. When we got an opportunity to take one out and put it through its paces, we gained some insight into just what prompted all this loyalty.

Designed by Phillip Rhodes back in 1960, the Rhodes 22 is a trailerable cruiser for a couple that wants the amenities of a larger boat without putting up with the hassles and expenses of a larger boat. It’s clearly not a racing boat. It’s also not a “shoehorn special,” whose claim to fame is how many persons it can sleep. And it’s not an inexpensive boat for its size. The Rhodes 22, from its inception, has been a purpose-built boat. And, with a history of detail improvements and some innovative thinking, it meets that purpose quite well.

The Rhodes 22 has a fairly long waterline—20′. Overhangs are minimal. This is clearly the first step towards cramming a lot of cruising conveniences into what is, after all, a small boat.

The most readily noticeable feature of its hull is a pronounced flare at the gunwales, much like that found on a 505 or similar racing dinghy. The look is odd on a keelboat, but the flare provides a few notable advantages: The compound curvature stiffens the hull, provides a hiking seat to reduce heeling, helps deflect spray, and provides some extra buoyancy when the boat is heeled over, helping to prevent capsize, according to Stan Spitzer, the owner of General Boats.

Unlike most trailerable sailboats sold today, the Rhodes 22 uses neither a swing keel nor water ballast. Instead, there’s a shoal keel with a centerboard built in. With the board up, the boat draws 20″; 48″ with the board down.

Compared to a swing keel, this arrangement may lose a bit of stiffness because the keel’s weight is carried higher; but it has the advantages of eliminating the swing keel’s highly stressed pivot pin as well as the necessity for a winch and a cable to haul up the keel (which may hum annoyingly when you’re underway).

Compared to water ballast of the same weight, the shoal keel/centerboard arrangement carries its weight lower, making the boat stiffer. In any case, the Rhodes 22 can be sailed in 20″ of water with the board up; it sails just fine that way, though it can’t point as high as it can with the board down. The board is designed to kick up if it strikes an obstruction.

The 100-sq. ft. mainsail rolls up into a 26′ mast and a 175% 200-sq. ft. genoa is roller-furled on the forestay. The arrangement does not make the most efficient sail shape, particularly with a partially-furled jib in heavier weather, and without battens to support a large mainsail roach. But it’s hard to argue with the convenience of this rig. A less-obvious advantage is that you don’t have to deal with the problem of finding a place to store bulky sailbags belowdecks.

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The Rhodes 22 makes up for whatever loss of sail efficiency may be caused by its furling features by providing a generous 300 sq. ft. of sail. Other sail options are available, including a self-tending jib and conventional hank-on sails.

The hinged mast is well-supported by a forestay, a pair of backstays, upper shrouds, forward and aft lowers. Each of these has its own chainplate. One nice thing about having all this standing rigging is that the loss of any one stay shouldn’t bring the mast crashing down. (If the forestay breaks, the forward lower shrouds hopefully will keep the mast up until you can jury-rig a new forestay.)

Chainplates are mounted solidly. The forestay’s padeye is through-bolted to the deck and hull, while the two backstay plates are bolted through the corners of the transom. The upper shroud chainplates are bolted through the hull-deck joint, while the four lower shroud chainplates are glassed into the cabin top. This location provides a “corridor” between the upper and lower shrouds that facilitates movement fore and aft on deck.

Construction

The Rhodes 22’s construction is best described as conventional, with good attention to detail. The hull is laid up with a layer of chop on the skin, followed by a layer of roving, followed by Coremat. The deck uses a glass syntactic foam core, making it and the cabin top about 1″ thick.

Twenty-five different molds provide finished surfaces where otherwise none would exist. The lazarette hatch, for example, has a finished liner instead of a rough fiberglass surface, and coaming compartments have finished, built-in storage shelves. Galley doors are molded in two separate sections and cemented together to avoid warping.

The hull-to-deck joint is a “shoebox” design, with a vertical deck flange slipping over the hull. The joint is screwed together with stainless steel fasteners and then caulked. There are heavier through-bolts at the bow and stern, and at chainplate areas, which are preferable. The joint is covered with a rub rail.

The Rhodes 22 has two molded foam sections glassed into the hull; one under the forward bunk and one under the cockpit sole. Spitzer said that these make the boat unsinkable, an important safety feature not found in most small cruisers.

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The keel is a molded-in, integral part of the hull, eliminating problems of keelbolts as well as reinforcing the boat’s bottom. Inside, there’s a separately molded centerboard trunk, and 630 lbs. of encapsulated-shot ballast. The centerboard’s pivot is inside the boat and can’t leak; the 70-lb. centerboard requires no hold-down line while sailing, but is still light enough to be raised by a braided pennant and secured with a cleat. It’s made of molded fiberglass with some ballast inside.

Hardware is of good quality throughout. Cleats, for instance, are four-bolt 10″ stainless steel open base models; hand rails, including a unique one at the aft end of the cabin trunk, are stainless steel, though teak is available. Winches are made by Lewmar.

Working on the theory that most cruisers spend much of their time in the cockpit, the Rhodes 22 was designed with a huge cockpit that’s 7′ 4″ long and nearly 8′ wide. It’s self-bailing, with a full-length bench seat on each side. The benches have open fronts, which makes for comfortable seating (closed-front benches force you to keep your legs extended), are independently self-bailing, and there’s room underneath for plastic storage bins. Aft, there’s a transverse bench covering a lazarette, which opens to a 6′ wide area that provides access to transom-mounted hardware as well as a great deal of storage space.

The coamings, which function as backrests, have a pair of compartments, each with two shelves. The flared gunwales are comfortable for hiking out. And there’s a socket in the sole so that a table can be moved from belowdecks to the cockpit. The stern rail is mounted on the side decks, outboard of the coaming, to make sitting on the coaming tops more comfortable. Optional are a pair of swivel seats—complete with backrest and padded armrest on the rail—that mount on the coaming.

The cabin door is hinged horizontally halfway up, with a stainless steel piano hinge. This can be folded out to make a chart table or card table depending upon your inclinations; there’s a molded-in socket for a supporting leg. Or, you can fold the top section down to let you see what the kids are doing in the cabin. Or, you can remove the door completely and stow it inside the gunwale.

All the controls are cockpit-mounted and fall readily to hand. The roller furling control line for the genoa is cleated on the cabin top. The mainsail roller furling is controlled by the outhaul and a control line that passes through the boom, with boom-mounted cleats. The boom can be raised via a topping lift to clear the pop-top, or lowered to reduce heeling. There is no vang, which is unfortunate.

The jib sheets run through adjustable track-mounted blocks to a pair of winches located aft so that they can be handled conveniently by the helmsman for single-handing. The traveler is very unique. It rides on a stainless steel rod mounted transversely across the twin backstays. The mainsheet cleat is mounted on the traveler block; the traveler controls are at the ends of the rod. This arrangement, odd as it may look, keeps the traveler from intruding into the cockpit space, and provides a bit of shock absorption in case of an accidental jibe. We tried it, and it works.

The tiller swings up for stand-up sailing or for easier maneuvering around the cockpit. A hiking stick lets one sail the boat from just about anywhere in the cockpit or up on the coamings, and there are even a pair of clips mounted on the aft rail that hold the tiller in any position in which it is set. The rudder kicks up if it strikes an obstruction, and can be adjusted to provide as heavy or as light a helm as you prefer.

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The cabin top features a pop-top with 6′ 4″ headroom; when down, there’s about 50″ of sitting headroom. The boat can be sailed with the top in either position.

Like so many other pieces of equipment on the Rhodes 22, the pop-top is a unique design. Unlike most pop-tops, which are supported by pivoting arms, the aft section of the Rhodes 22’s top is supported by a pair of telescoping stainless steel tubes, with spring-loaded detents. To raise the top, you start by lifting the rear portion—lifting only half the top’s weight—until the detents lock into position. A fitting on the forward edge of the pop-top rides in the mast’s sail slot.

There are two side-by-side opening hatches in the deck forward of the pop-top, one above the head and one above the dinette. There’s no gasket between the pop-top and the rest of the cabin—a generous overhang and deep lip allow air to circulate and prevent water leaks. The sliding companionway hatch has a built-in key lock.

The cabin layout of the Rhodes 22 is roomy and remarkably livable. It is, in large part, a tribute to the idea of making a firm decision about what you want a boat to be, and then resisting all temptations to make it something else. The Rhodes 22 is a cruiser for a couple, with possibly several youngsters.

Sleeping accommodations for the couple consist of a 6′ 6″ double berth on the port side of the dinette area; the secondary bunks consist of 6′ V-berths. If you need more sleeping room than this, there’s an optional boom-supported canopy system that General Boats calls a “Boom Room.” It converts the cockpit to a standing-headroom second cabin with a padded floor, and provides luxurious camp-aboard accommodations, though with minimal privacy.

When the dinette berth isn’t in use, half the “mattress” sections become backrest cushions for a settee, while a rotating, telescoping-base table that helps form the center section can be raised to table height and used in the dinette, or moved out to the cockpit, or stored in tracks under the forward deck.

The galley and head are on the starboard side. The galley features a 4-1/2′ counter containing a sink, stove and a large, front-opening icebox with adjustable shelves and an ice-water tap. There’s a large open storage shelf just below the portlights, and a deep cabinet just below that. There’s more storage underneath the counter. Built into the face of the top shelf are 12-volt DC and 110-volt AC outlets. Access to plumbing and electrical connections is good.

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Spitzer (who has a weakness for puns) describes the Rhodes 22’s head as The Swell Head. When we compare it to the primitive accommodations on most small cruisers, we must agree. It’s fully enclosed, with a clever multi-paneled door that opens up to provide a large, non-claustrophobic space, or closes to occupy a minimum of floor space when it’s not in use. Inside, there’s a marine toilet, with sea cock-controlled water intake, holding tank and fittings for dockside pump-out or macerated discharge.

Inside, there is a mirror, cosmetic shelf, toilet paper holder, medicine cabinet, towel rack, magazine rack lighting and a 110-volt outlet for a hairdryer or electric shaver. The sole is tiled. For showering, Spitzer suggests that you take a solar-heated shower in the self-bailing cockpit. The head can be accessed from either the dinette or the V-berths.

The large hatch over the head, aside from providing ventilation and light, performs another function when the pop-top is down. If the 50″ of headroom isn’t enough to permit convenient use of the head, you can open the hatch and let your upper body emerge—presumably with a relieved smile—while you use the head in relative privacy.

Miscellaneous

The Rhodes 22 has so many gadgets that it’s hard to list them all. One particularly nice one is its adjustable motor mount. Instead of the usual recalcitrant jointed aluminum affair, it slides up and down on a pair of low-friction plastic tracks on the port side of the transom. To raise the engine, you pull a rope lanyard that passes through a 6:1 purchase magic box—almost no effort, and excellent position control. There’s a three-step boarding ladder attached to the starboard side of the transom.

Performance

We took the Rhodes 22 out on a breezy day—18-20 knots, with a 1′-3′ chop. Getting underway was as easy as advertised; we started out with the full 175% genoa and full main.

The boat is initially tender, but stiffens up quickly as it heels. The flared gunwales make hiking-out easy (and not particularly demanding athletically); putting two people on the rail did a great deal towards flattening out the ride. We suspect that if we’d been single-handing the boat, we would have reduced sail, just to help keep the boat sailing on her lines.

Rhodes 22

The Rhodes sailed nicely with the board down, and presentably with it up, though pointing ability naturally suffered.

We tried sailing the boat under jib alone, which worked fine, with no problems tacking. We did the same under main alone with similar results. As with any boat, the more a sail is furled, the poorer its shape; after about 30% has been furled, ideally you’d switch to as smaller sail. But when you’re starting with a 175% genoa, you’ll still have a lot of sail up even after furling a third.

In any case, we found the Rhodes 22 to be a lively-feeling boat that’s fun to sail, which is probably more important in a cruiser than absolute speed. The hull is fast, especially off the wind. The Rhodes has a PHRF rating of about 258, which is a bit faster than, say, the Catalina 22 (270), the O’Day 22 (279) or the Chrysler 22 (282) It’s by no means a racing boat (the J-22 has a rating of 177).

The Rhodes 22 is an easy boat to sail, with enough basic adjustments to satisfy most sailors, though we do wish for a boom vang. Controls are very well laid out for sailing from just about anywhere in the cockpit, though we’d like to see foot rests or toe straps to help keep the skipper and crew from sliding about in the large open cockpit.

Conclusions

It’s nice to see a boat that does what it’s intended to do as well as the Rhodes 22 does. It’s a cruiser, and packs a lot of cruising capability into a small trailerable boat. You can daysail it, obviously, but it’s really on the pricey side if a daysailer is all you want. Andyou can squeeze some more adults aboard for cruising, but at the expense of comfort, privacy or both. As a cruiser for two, it’s hard to beat without going up considerably in size and price. The reports we’ve received from readers are almost universally enthusiastic.

General sells the Rhodes 22 in a variety of models, depending upon equipment, from $19,000 to $29,000. General Boats has a buy-back policy for used boats, so that factory-reconditioned models are available, at prices starting from about $10,000.

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The Rhodes 22 Reviewed

by Thome Burns

There are interesting characters in the boat building business. The Spitzer brothers, Stan (photo left) and Eldon, are two of them to be sure. They are engaged in building, refining and marketing the Rhodes 22. Nothing seems to excite Stan more than to show off the score or so of gadgets they have perfected over the years to enhance the ease of use and the functionality of the boat. They have had plenty of time to perfect the Rhodes 22. Philip Rhodes designed the boat in 1960.

The boat is a trailerable cruiser for a couple that wants the amenities of a larger boat without the cost or maintenance hassles of a larger boat. It makes no claim to fame that it "sleeps five or six." Its pretty much a couple boat with room for an occasional second couple or children. Don't get me wrong its not small down below. The space is just not devoted to maximum sleeping quarters. When a boat is designed with a purpose and then improved over the years it can be surprising how well the boat actually performs its cruising purpose in a trailerable package.

I sailed the Rhodes 22 with Eldon and a customer from Mexico at the Miami Boat Show. A front was moving in and the wind was moderate at first, between 8-12 knots but gusts were soon up in the 20 kt range. Waves were 1'-3'. Before leaving the dock, Stan showed me his outboard system. It rests on a track slide and moves up and down with a six to one purchase tackle system. It is the easiest outboard to raise or lower I've seen. This boat has alot of cockpit which makes operating outboards, etc. easy. Once away from the dock the main unfurls from the 26' mast and the 170% genoa is also furling. The boat sails on its feet in 8 knots. It initially heels quickly in 12 knots plus gusts but it stiffens up considerably at about 20 degrees of heel. A little rail weight helps alot.

The boat feels responsive and is both easy to sail and fun. To put this into perspective, the PHRF of the Catalina 22 is 270, the O'Day 22 is 279 and the Rhodes is 258. Not a race boat like the J-22 (177), but very respectable for a 22' trailerable cruising boat.

The Rhodes has a fairly long waterline at 20'. It has minimal overhangs which is essential to interior volume. The hull has a pronounced flare at the gunwales. It looks a little odd but it provides a comfortable hiking seat and deflects spray while adding some buoyancy when heeled.

Unlike most trailerable sailboats built today, the Rhodes 22 uses a shoal keel with a centerboard built in. Most boats use either water ballast or a swing keel. With the board up, the boat draws 20" of water; 48" with the board down.

The keel/centerboard combination costs a little in initial stiffness compared to a swing keel but for the same weight it is stiffer than water ballast because the weight is lower. It also eliminates the winch and anoying hum of swing keel boats.

The mast is hinged and has a very effective raising and lowering system. The 26 foot mast stores the furling mainsail. The mast is supported by nine stays and shrouds: forestay, two backstays, two upper shrouds, two forward lowers and two aft lowers. There is plenty of rigging to grab when walking around the deck. One disadvantage of all this standing rigging is the extra time and effort required in preparation for trailering and launching.

The Rhodes 22 is built in sophisticated but conventional ways with attention to detail. The hull is laid up with a layer of chop on the skin, followed by a layer of roving, followed by Coremat. The nearly one inch thick deck and cabin top use a glass syntactic foam core.

For safety, the Rhodes 22 has two molded foam sections glassed into the hull; one forward under the v-berth and one under the cockpit sole. The Spitzers said that these make the boat unsinkable, a feature not found in most small cruisers.

The keel is molded into the hull. As an integral part of the hull, problems associated with attachment are avoided while reinforcing the bottom of the boat. Inside, there's a separately molded centerboard trunk, and 630 lbs. of encapsulated ballast. The centerboard weighs 70 lbs. but requires only a braided pennant to raise it and secure it on a cleat.

The hardware is good with Lewmar winches, Schaefer blocks and stainless cleats. You may want to size up the winches.

The Rhodes 22 has a large, wide cockpit. It's 7'4" long and almost 8' wide. It's also self-bailing with bench seats on both sides and across the aft end of the cockpit. The benches are unusual in that they are open in front which allows you to put your feet under them. Since the Rhodes 22 has no quarter berths, it has alot of storage area aft.

The cockpit can also be converted into a boom room (photo left) with the addition of a boom tent. This is quite an accessory in that it adds a third or more to the enclosed boat.

As in modern boats, all controls lead aft and are easily at hand for single or double-handed sailing. The most noticeable control which is not there is a boom vang. It cannot be added due to the hinged mast and pop-top arrangement. The most unusual arrangement is the traveler which is on a stainless tube between the backstays. It worked well when we used it and it has the advantage of keeping the center of the cockpit open and the cabin top open for the pop-top.

This is where the Spitzers have thought of most everything. The pop-top provides 6'4" headroom. There is about 4' of sitting headroom. The boat can be sailed with the pop-top up.

The cabin layout of the Rhodes 22 is roomy, open, airy and liveable. This is a cruiser and it hasn't been compromised. It is also specifically designed for a cruising couple. The dinette area converts into a 6' 6" double with 6' V-berths. There are no quarter berths, but you can add room with the optional "Boom Room".

The galley and head are unusual for their completeness and size in a boat this size. The galley has a real 4' 6" counter with sink, a stove and a large front-opening icebox with adjustable shelves and an ice-water tap. There's a large open storage shelf just below the ports, a deep storage cabinet underneath and more storage berneath the counter. Built into the shelf are both 12 DC volt and 110 volt AC outlets.

The Swell Head as described by Spitzer is fully enclosed, with a clever multi-paneled door that opens up to provide a large, non-claustrophobic space or closes to occupy a minimum of floor space when it's not in use. There's a marine toilet, with sea cock-controlled water intake, holding tank and fittings for dockside pump-out or macerated discharge.

Inside, there is a mirror, shelf, toilet paper holder, medicine cabinet, towel rack, magazine rack, lighting and a 110 volt outlet. The hatch is large and allows you to let your upper body emerge while you stand and use the facilities.

The Rhodes 22 does exactly what its designed to do. It packs more cruising capability into a small trailerable boat than most. As a cruiser for two people or a couple with children, it is hard to beat in a trailerable boat. While it is an old design built in a conventional way, this is not necessarily bad. Many in fact would argue that its good. The Spitzers have had a long time to perfect the boat. I would say in many respects its overbuilt in that over twenty-five molds are used. This means you get smoothe under surfaces inside lazarette covers and built in shelves. The boat is virtually "tricked-out" with handy gagdets. For the right buyers, the Rhodes 22 is unequaled in many ways.

The Spitzers have also not forgotton their used boat customers. They have a buy-back policy. I like and admire a company which does this. Reconditioned used boats are sometimes available from the factory.

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   For the beginning of the rest of the Rhodes story go to the bar atop this page and navigate away.  BUT, as long as you are here, here a Texas Attorney and a Naval Architect, both two time Rhodes recipients, tell friends and a boating publication, their thinking in going for a second Rhodes sailboat.  A peek at owners e-mails and shoppers replies can be fun, educational and, ultimately, extremely rewarding.You will be able to do this kind of targeted eavesdropping throughout these pages.

This Texas family liked their old Rhodes so much, they decided to trade it in for the latest model: 

        “ My wife and I took the new R22 out for its first sail today.  It is a fabulous boat!  We both marveled at how nicely this boat performs and how beautiful it is.  We were surprised and appreciated some of the improvements over our earlier Rhodes, including the skippers’ swivel seats, the bimini and its flush hardware and location for easy in and out of the cabin, whether it is up or down, the new recessed tiller extension lock for allowing the boat to sail with no one at the tiller, the better cabin door in black acrylic and stainless steel, the motor/tiller linkage, the electric motor lift that now also tilts the motor, the dual bow docking cleats,  the LED navigation lights and LED lights on both sides of the head mirror, the master electrical system switch, the pull out stove for more usable counter top work space, the handles for sail, centerboard and rudder lines handling, the grey non-skid two tone deck treatment, even the gas tank holder.  We have a wonderful boat. ”

And here a Navel Architect sends a letter to a Boating Magazine; interesting stuff :

        “My focus has shifted from the types of boats featured in Cruising World to the small functional, get-out-there-and-use-them-boats instead of the beautiful never-leave-the-dock varieties that the beautiful sailing magazines espouse.    While we still wanted a boat we could overnight on, it had to be a size we could enjoy without a great deal of complexity.        I discovered this shift in focus would take more time in research than going big - actually nine months.  Like most sailboat owners, I feel the urge to share what I found:

        The requirements list started with the desire for a boat capable of accommodating, comfortably, two for two nights or more, four for occasional overnighting, and day sailing up to six.  trailerability was necessary to reduce the complexities and expense and to allow excursions to new waters. Stability and performance were as important as comfort and had to be balanced against the need for shoal draft.  Shallow Barnegat Bay would be the prime sailing area.  I had no desire to race but wanted a racing sailboat’s abilities to make it up wind, in light breezes with a responsive helm.

        As a navel architect the first major decision point concerned the underbody configuration.  A straight centerboard boat was rejected as it can offer only form stability and the relatively inefficient use of ballast inside the hull.  The swing keel and drop or lift keel configurations were also rejected, as the thought of a moveable 500 pound items being responsible for the ultimate stability and performance of the boat made me uncomfortable.  Further, with the keel raised, the boat would have virtually negligible sailing ability.  Thus, it became clear that only a keel/centerboard boat would match my requirements.

        I developed a list of approximately 30 keel/centerboard boats. The hull dimensions, sail areas, various calculated form coefficients and ratios and the number and location of adult sized berths. Pricing information was obtained in order to insure a fair price comparison between boats.  Other non-quantifiable characteristics were summarized such as the amount and quality of storage and the location and layout of the galley. These facts served as a starting point. Things like how well the boat sailed, the quality of construction and the competence and honesty of the builder could only be determined by talking to others and making the rounds of the boat shows.  The “Other Opinion” service of Cruising World was a useful source of information.  The list was narrowed down to six boats. Some fell short but were included because they looked so beautiful.  We arranged test sails and made our choice.

        There are three characteristics that I look at: aesthetics, sailing ability and comfort.  Although a number of people have complimented the looks of the Rhodes, I do not think it is attractive.  My taste tends to Carl Alberg’s Cape Dory Typhoon. The sailing ability of the Rhodes is excellent; fast, stabile and responsive, making the learning process easy. The Rhodes 22 is the most comfortable sailboat for day sailing and cruising on the market in her size range.  The single most striking feature   of the boat’s layout is the size of the cockpit: Its length and width is equal to or greater than many larger boats I have sailed. It is perfect for comfortable sailing and lounging even with a crowd aboard and makes into a berth that is 7 feel long and 5 feet wide. Sail handling is very well organized with both sails a snap to handle even with the crowd aboard and there is more storage space than a sensible sailor can fill.  

       The cabin has a long galley area to the starboard with built-in sink, cooler and stove. A settee to port is laid out so that a person can sit back and relax without staring at his belly button and it converts to a double berth. A portable table can be moved to the cockpit.  Forward is the obligatory V-berth, and, the Rhodes has a fully enclosed marine head system. The cabin top includes a pop top that provides standing head room. The construction of tis item is superior to the many others I have seen on the market and has bee trouble free.

        The mast is supported by 6 shrouds and 3 stays: 2 uppers and 4 lowers; a double back stay and the forestay.  This seemed like a lot of wire to me but the shrouds actually make raising and lowering easier.  The 2 upper shrouds and forward lower shrouds are positioned such that the mast can be handled without the fear of its falling to the side.  Although the mast is larger than that on our previous boat, we find the Rhodes 22 easier to rig.

    The boat has very unique features that have come about over the years as a result of tinkering by the builder and owners. One of these is the outboard motor mount on the stern.  As with most reputable builders, there was an open invitation to visit the plant and we paid them three visits. I am hoping you (Note: he was writing to SBJ) will get to highlight the Rhodes 22 one of these days.”

And here an experienced West Coast sailor downsizes:

    “I was considering a Compac. . .our first boat was a Hunter260, the last a Hunter 33. When I saw the Rhodes’ hull design and sail configuration I thought I had found what I wanted in a smaller cruiser; one that would sail fast and easy.  Wow. Not only fast and easy but the balance was excellent. I could not be happier having the Rhodes.”   

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     A LA attorney just took delivery of his third (3) Rhodes.  No, he hadn’t sold the other two.  Was he going into the sailboat business  on the  side? No.  He just wanted a Rhodes to be there, ready to sail whenever he ended up in any of his sailing haunts.

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Back in 1959 when General Boats B= started production, their focus was the Picnic 17. Factory brochures proclaimed: It’s a motor boat, a fishing boat, a skiing boat, and a sailboat!”

Company owner Stan Spitzer says their do-everything design didn’t do so well.

“It got knocked by the boatshow experts—in fact the only guy who saw any redeeming value in our 17 was Roger MacGregor).”

Spitzer says that with no experience or background in the marine business, General Boats needed a direction. The trashing of their initial design provided one. Our goal became to design a new boat that experts wouldn’t dare knock.” Spitzer says that meant starting at the top and working down. The first door we knocked on, flared-hull sketches in hand, was a Lexington Avenue firm with government-restricted inner doors; the office of Philip L. Rhodes.” One of the most respected naval architects, whose credits included an America’s Cup winner, Rhodes was enthusiastic about getting back to small-boat design and agreed to take on the project.

Ten Eyke Associates, at the time a noted aircraft design team, offered their talents. They were eager to try their hand at a sailboat. Every curve and angle, from the cabin trunk to the recessed nonskid pattern, was painstakingly incorporated into a handmade plug. Finally, Spitzer turned to Lofland Sailcraft—known for their winning Snipes—to make the molds.

“After a few years we were ready for the third design team’—boatshow kibitzers. And they had lots to say. And we listened. So while the naval architecture has changed only slightly over the years, the ongoing input of show crowds from sea to sea has been shaping the Rhodes ever since.” Spitzer says.

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This is one of the last from this well know custom builder. All updates have been done by his yard to the original one owner's specs. This 22 has it all. The motor has a jack plate for easy raising and lowering of the rarely needed outboard with only 10 hours. 

This Rhodes 22 has a new, never used main sail, new sheets (sail lines), fresh bottom paint and too many new items to list. This boat has always been in fresh water (on the Potomac) and has seen little to no use. Unless you buy a new one this is the closest you will ever get to a new one. 

This may be the last chance to own a Rhodes 22 by an Iconic builder know by few and revered by many as a master pocket sail builder. 

She has been maintained at the factory in North Carolina where, the bottom was professionally repainted. The boat has a 2008 8hp Yamaha T8 engine. It had a full service before it was brought to the factory and ran perfectly. This boat includes all standard equipment including upgrades as follows: cushions and 175 genoa. There is a sink with an electric faucet pump, a one burner butane stove and a large "built-in" cooler (easily removable) in the galley area. There is a separate head with a flushing toilet, holding tank or macerator.

The design of this boat makes it very stable on the water, virtually impossible to capsize. It sails single handedly with no modifications and has room for the whole family with a cockpit 7'4" long and nearly 8' wide. It is a delightful pocket sailer. It can be sailed in light or high winds thanks to its innermast furling system, eight stays plus the 175% 200-sq. ft. genoa is roller-furled on the fore-stay and 100-sq. ft. mainsail rolls up into a 26' mast. With its 1.5 foot draft the Rhodes 22 can be sailed in 20" of water with the board up.

Equipment: Inner-Mast Mainsail Furling (new) Updated "Traveler" (new) Two Deep Cycle Batteries (2019 new) New Sheets (sail line) Fresh Water Tank (Deck Fill) 12 Volt Pressure Fresh Water System 2 Captain Swivel Chairs Roller Furling 175% Genoa 2008 8hp Yamaha T8 w/Electric Start & Charging system 2 Solar Panels Manual Outboard Motor Lift (new) (with fittings for an electric lift) Depth/Speed Instrument and GPS Radio Full Bimini Single Axle Trailer Swim Ladder Shore Power Inlet Burner Propane Ice Box Pop-Top Hiking Stick New large round fenders New L shaped fenders Three Anchors Motor Stand Life Preservers (6?) Rail Mounted Portable Grill

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1995 Rhodes 22 Sloop

1995 Rhodes 22 Sloop

Punta Gorda, Florida

Make Rhodes

Model 22 Sloop

Posted Over 1 Month

1995 Rhodes 22 Sloop This Rhodes 22 Sloop is a great sailing vessel that provides a safe and fun boat to sail. She was refurbished in 2006 by Rhodes. She has a 2010 Yamaha Four Stroke 6 H.P. auxiliary motor. Her navy blue hull makes her a real eye-catcher! Photos Available Soon!

22'1996 Rhodes 22

22'1996 Rhodes 22

East Hampton, New York

Please call boat owner David at 917-209-1845. Swing Keel. Electric Starting Motor, Roller-furling Main & Jib Blue Hull; Raymarine ST-1000 Tiller-Pilot; Mast-top wind speed/direction transducer,Raymarine ST-40 wind instrument readout; New Battery; Winter storage and launching prepaid Asking Price: 14,900 Boat

Phil Rhodes Bounty II Fiberglass Cruiser

Phil Rhodes Bounty II Fiberglass Cruiser

Port Angeles, Washington

1959 Phil Rhodes Bounty II Sloop 40'10" Builder: Aero Marine Plastics in Sausalito, California  Hull# 22 Bounty II Sloop Rigging  7/8 Sloop Hull:  full keel Length - LOA: 40'9" LWL: 28' 0? Beam: 10'3" Draft:  5'9"  Material: fiberglass  Displacement: 18800  Year:   1959  Cabins:  1  Berths:  4  Engine: 2QM 20 Yanmar Diesel engine; fresh-water cooled with low time Displacement 18,934 D/L Ratio 382.18 SA/D Ratio14.93 Capsize Screen 1.54 Waterline Area 192.96 PPI Imersion 1029.05 Comfort ratio 40.84  Sail Area 737 sq. ft.; 7/8 rig   This "Bounty II" built in 1959 is the ultimate ocean-going, sailing vessel from Aero Marine Plastics in Sausalito, California. The first production fiberglass sailboat of this size, 40 feet 10 inches long, hull #22, has a "bullet-proof" hull designed for ocean racing with classic lines by the famous naval architect, Phillip Rhodes. She raced off southern California in it's early days and has had only (3) owners. In the 80's & 90's "Stranger II" cruised the waters off Catalina Island while berthed in San Pedro, California. In the Pacific Northwest since 1995, "Stranger II" sailed the San Juans and local destinations while berthed in Port Angeles, Washington.   Improvements to the hull, deck, rigging, engine, and interior:   Customized interior with domestic & exotic woods: Ash, Teak, Puduk Double "V" berth Single or Double berth in salon Rewired with 12 vdc& 120 Ac Batteries: (2) 250 amp house; (1) starting battery Hart Interface: charger inverter New rudder - plywood/epoxy construction New pintels & gudgeons New tiller Replaced propeller & new shaft Refurbished Mast in 2013 with new LP paint Pressurized water AC waterheater Norcold Refrigerator AC/DC   Extra gear included in the sale: Furuno Radar Furuno GPS Plotter Knotmeter Depth Sounder Skipper head with holding tank (bladder) Integral water tanks (2); 110 gallons total Integral fuel tank (1); 45 gallons   Extra Sails & spinnaker/jib poles; mainsail & jib low time Anchors: (2) Dansforth (1) plow Cabin/Deck freshly painted ; topsides gelcoat Sunbrella interior cushions Bronze screens for ports& hatches     Join the elite club of Bounty II owners with "Stranger II;" a proven sailing vessel of immeasurable beauty and one-of-a kind. View the custom wood interior in the attached photos with wooden sink and burl wood veneered interior hatches. Asking $47,000 “Stranger II” is ready to take you on your sailing adventures.

1977 Seafarer Futura 22' Project Sailboat

1977 Seafarer Futura 22' Project Sailboat

Lake Worth, Florida

Make Seafarer

Model Futura

Category Cruiser Motorcycles

Length 22.0

This boat is a Rhodes design and was made to be blue water capable (see the Seafarer Research Center website). It's a great project sailboat/trailer package for those with the spare time, skills and place to do the work or the money to pay others to do it for them. The boat needs bottom stripping/sanding and paint, as well as a tiller handle (just the wooden portion, not the bracket that is present). The trailer (1989 Shoreline) needs a jack stand top and a fender (see pics), but recently made it down here from Maryland. Sails (main and roller furling jib) are in very good shape. You are welcome to inspect her prior to bidding; please contact me here to arrange it. The photos are about a week old. I've only owned her a few weeks and upon delivery, realized she is more of a project than I have the time or place for. I'm cutting my losses and will not make a profit on this sale. She is for sale locally, so this listing may end early. Thanks for looking!

1969 Cheoy Lee 40 Offshore

1969 Cheoy Lee 40 Offshore

Corona Del Mar, California

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Model 40 Offshore

Category Sloop

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

This 3-owner Offshore 40 Cheoy Lee is in good condition and has been well cared for. To protect the teak, she comes with full canvas covers for the entire coach roof house, cockpit and toe rails. The teak decks were refurbished in 2019. The bottom was last painted in November 2021. The complete rebuild of the Perkins 104-7 engine was completed by S&W Diesel of Wilmington, CA in September 2023. The Borg Warner transmission has also been bench-tested with all external seals replaced by Tom Harpur of Chris Craft. All 2 1/2" wire-reinforced exhaust hoses have been replaced and the engine bay has been cleaned and refreshed. A full anti-siphon system has been added to the engine as well. Stock #347098 Beautiful Cheoy Lee Sloop. Newly Rebuilt Engine. Are you ready for a nice getaway in this classic? In 1969 Cheoy Lee shipyard built this Offshore 40, yard number 2248. She is an "E" plan configuration which gives her plenty of room below with V-berth forward, a head and convertible dinette to port, with the chart table and two single berths to starboard. The owner indicates her first owner was the Cheoy Lee dealer in Marina Del Rey, California who used her as a demonstration boat for the dealership. Her second owner maintained the boat and made many improvements to her as his liveaboard. The Seller purchased her in 1979 and has owned her for over forty-one years. She is an outstanding example of the Phil Rhodes design, Offshore 40 class. The forward head has been enlarged with the enclosure of the forward door and has two dry lockers immediately adjacent. The galley is on the port side with four burner propane stove and ice box. The interior was refurbished in 2013. The engine aboard is the Perkin 40 hp. She carries 30 gallons of fuel, and 85 gallons of water. She has 5 sails in her inventory. Mains: North battenless roller reefing main and batten main with three reef points. Head Sails: Genoa 150 (hanked on sail bag), Working and Storm head sails. Spruce Spinnaker 14 Ft, Dico Aluminum Spinnaker 12-22 Ft with bridle. This beautiful Cheoy Lee is ready for new adventures. Are you the adventurous type? The complete rebuild of the Perkins 104-7 engine was completed by S&W Diesel of Wilmington, CA in September 2023. The Borg Warner transmission has also been bench-tested with all external seals replaced by Tom Harpur of Chris Craft. All 2 1/2" wire-reinforced exhaust hoses have been replaced and the engine bay has been cleaned and refreshed. A full anti-siphon system has been added to the engine as well.

Cheoy Lee Offshore 40 Sloop

Cheoy Lee Offshore 40 Sloop

Bellingham, Washington

Model Offshore 40

Length 40.0

Here is your chance to own one of the best classic yacht sailboats ever built. Designed by the famous Phillip Rhodes and built by Cheoy Lee to Loyd's of London standards. Tai-Pan has recently undergone many years and dollars in restoration and improvements preparing her to be the ideal live aboard, local cruiser, or global circumnavigator. To sweeten this deal, many extras have been added since its last posting, including, but not limited to a 2 hp Honda outboard motor, an 8' Walker Bay dinghy, a Bombard 7' inflatable dinghy, a Seldon 19' extendable whisker pole for wing-on-wing downwind sailing with two jibs, a 650 watt Honda generator, a new handheld VHF radio.Tai-Pan is rigged and ready to sail off into the horizon today. Tai-Pan has new bottom paint, new boot stripe, new buffed & waxed hull. New exterior bright work with long lasting Cetol. New caulking on teak deck. Recent cockpit exterior paint. Recent complete interior paint and bright work. Tai-Pan is now turn key ready for circumnavigating the globe or just enjoying the beautiful NW. All mechanics, electronics, plumbing, motors, sails, rigging, ground tackle, etc. are in fine working condition. New drive axle packing also.Tai-Pan's list of improvements is long. Read them carefully. If you have any questions or would like to view many more photos and videos of Tai-Pan, please contact me through ebay or phone (360-510-8000).This auction is for serious buyers only. Please don't bid on Tai-Pan unless you are serious and capable of becoming her new caretaker For many more photos and videos of Tai-Pan please contact me for links. Year: 1967Current Price: US $37,000.00Location: The Landings at Colony Wharf, 1001 C St., Bellingham, WA.Hull Number #1902. Boat ID #902Certificate of Documentation Number: 1240012Washington State I.D. #WN2475JE Boat DetailsRig Type: Masthead SloopDesigner: Phillip Rhodes Builder: Cheoy Lee shipyard Ltd. (HK)Dry Weight (Disp) 20,750 lbHull Type: Long keel (3/4 Keel) Hull Material: FiberglassDraft: 6'Ballast weight/type: 7,900/Iron enclosed Beam: 10.9' LOA: 39.75' / 12.12mLWL: 29'Max Seating 10 Headroom: 6'5" Engine/Fuel Type: Single dieselEngine Make PerkinsEngine Model 4-108Engine Year 1989Engine Hours = 1015Fuel Capacity 40 gal.Water Capacity=100 gal. (two 50 gal fiberglass tanks). Accommodations:Spacious interior with three private access cabins and six berths.Forward V-berths converts into single bed, with hanging locker, sink, drawers and plenty of storageFive large size dorades (four over cabin, one over Lazarette) keeps boat interior fresh and dry year round. Never any musky boat smell. Navigation Electronics:All new electronics set up with quick disconnects. Chart Plotter: Standard Horizon CP 1801 with AIS and with C-MAP MAX NT CANADA WEST (NA-mO25.10)Raymarine X-5 Auto wheel Pilot w display (on removable console) $1300.00 (parts only)GPS: WAAS GPS antenna in Standard Horizon CP 1801 VHS: Standard Horizon Matrix AIS GX2100BDepth Sounder: Standard Horizon BRonze thru hull triducer DST526Radar: FurunoTwo Back-up VHF radios: Cobra Marmc, MR-F80, D.S.C., & Icom IC-M55Uniden MH120 hand held VHF radio DC gauges for all three battery banks and solar panelsRecent professionally wired charging systemAC Socket switchAC Heater witchLED interior lights and masthead light Steering:SS Wheel steering with Raymarine auto pilot X-5Aries Steering Wind Vane model #5, with rudder, five separate wind vanes, and a new Aries Circumnavigator Vane hinge to facilitate raising rudder while cruising. This wind vane will sail Tai-Pan for you around the world. It works excellent and is fun to use. ($3,000 parts/labor)Signet electronic wind direction indicator recently serviced and working fineWind indicator arrow on mast headSignet wind speed indicator serviced, but not hooked up.4" Danforth Constellation cockpit compass3" Kelven White Corsair compass in salon Engine:Perkins 50 HP runs excellent w no smoke and only 1015 hours.300 hours ago Entire engine exhaust system replaced100 hours ago:installed new throttle cables, New rebuilt starter and alternator50 hours ago:rebuilt entire fuel injection system. Including new rebuilt CAV fuel injection pump ($1460 parts and labor), rebuilt fuel injectors ($525), new electric ($310) and manual ($90) fuel pumps,all new fuel hoses, cleaned fuel tank and added second fuel tank clean-out hole behind diesel tank baffle. Added New cockpit diesel tank access. Filtered all diesel fuelAdded new air filter system, New water pump and thermostat. New glow plug for quick starts in cold weather added.Installed air vacuum pump for engine compartment, with switch in sail locker starboard side.Rudder shaft stuffing box freshly repacked.Tai-Pan has a 12" brass prop, which may appear too small for a boat this size, but It pushes Tai-Pan 5.5-6 knots and interferes very little while sailing. Charging SystemsIn 2004 Tai-Pan's electrical charging system was recently rewired by Rasmussen Marine Electric. Inc. for AC and DC charging. This involved installing new Phase Three model PT-14 3 stage smart charger, two battery banks (house and starter), New breaker switch for windlass, charging solinoid, volt and temp guages in cockpit, FWD bilge pump, new ground bar and wiring, with new electric switches charging, outlets, and heating. (Total cost $3,268.24),I later added a third house battery bank and three solar panels (18 w, 23 w, & 48 w) hooked separately to each battery bank w separate battery controllers. Deck:Tai-Pan has a cosmetic teak deck overlaying a solid wood deck, which is covered on both sides with fiberglas. The teak deck is tough as nails and as long as she is well caulked with Boat Life Teak Deck Sealant, her deck should stay high and dry many years to come.Recently added another scupper on both port and starboard side, to aid water drainage. Entire deck appears hard and firm, with no signs of damage to underlayment. Sails: Tai-Pan is a simple mast head sloop with a Hood twin grooved jib roller furling system? The only sails Tai-Pan really needs to go sailing are her main sail, her furling jib. However, because my plans were to circumnavigate on Tai-Pan, I have added much to her sail inventory and her rigging.Her sail inventory now consists of:Two main sails, Two Furling Genoas approximately 150% (One low cut light, and one high cut heavier sail.One Storm sail hanks onto an inner forestay with two running back stays during extreme weather conditions.One Trysail that fits on separate mast track for extreme stormy weather. One large Melges asymmetrical sail with spinnaker sock that fits on removable bow sprit.One small drifter sail (multicolored) that attaches to bow spritOne inner forestay sail w 28' of leach for cruising.One 100% yankee hank on jib sail that fits new solent stay that has not yet been installed, but has all the attachments to do so. Spars: In 2008, I removed the Sitca Spruce mast, rebonded open joints with epoxy, repainted mast, replaced old brass masthead wire sheaves with custom built Acetal (also known as Delrin) sheaves to accommodate two new main and jib halyards of VPC New England rope, which are polyester braid cover with a core of blended Vectran and MFP (polypropylene). I also replaced three old wire rope winches on mast with Barient 22's and one Barient 21. I left on wire mast up haul intact. I also installed one new spinnaker halyard and inner stay halyard of same VPC material. of same material.Tai-Pan still contains her original Sitca spruce furling boom, which would be handy for shortening sail or raising boom to accompany a high bimini.Original Sitca spruce spinnaker pole. Removable Bow Sprit added for flying Asymetrical or Code Zero sails off spinnaker halyard.Two extendable 19' whisker poles for downwind sailing wing-on-wing with two jibs, either both attached to the twin grooved Hood furler, or attached to the new Solent stay, which has yet to be installed. One white 4"x19' extending aluminum whisker pole stored on starboard deck, and one Seldon Sweden built aluminum whisker pole. One Heavy duty spinaker pole track attached to the mast, with pin-style toggle car to fit whisker poleOne aluminum extendable Forespar light air whisker pole 2" x 16.5' that I use for loading dinghy onto foredeck. Rigging: Winches: Two Barient 28 winches, Four Barient 22 winches, Two Barient 22 and one Barient 21 halyard winches on Mast, SS Steering wheel Furler: Hood furling system with twin grooved jib furler for flying double head sails. This twin grooved type of furler also allows sailing with the jib reefed to any position.Shrouds: 5/16" 1/19 SS with 5/8" eyes and six new Sta-lok terminals on bottom endsRecently added inner forestay with two running back stays for storm jib or any other inner foresailCustom Built Heavy Duty SS Mast Stepback stay with insulator for SS Radio antenna, one separate tri-sail track installed on mast, with tri-sailone removable bow sprit for flying asymetrical sail with sockTai-Pan's original chainplates had all been replaced prior to my ownership of Tai-Pan. After purchasing Tai-Pan, I removed and inspected one chainplate found no signs of wear or deterioration. I am now confident that all the chainplates are in similar fine condition.Tai-pan's extras contain one extra new forestay with toggles and mast-hound ready to install as a Solent stay, if new owner ever desires. A full set of mast steps are also included with Tai-Pan, if new owner desires these steps to go to top of mast.All bulkheads appear in fine condition.Original deck winches include two Barient 28's and four Barient 22's.All SS swaged 5/16" shroud terminals ends were removed in 2009 and replaced with new Sta-Lok Long eyes to fit 5/16" wire with 5/8" pins. ($700) Ground TackleIdeal anchor windlass recently rebuilt, painted, and new solinoid added45 LB SS CQR anchor with 175' 5/16" chain and 200' of 5/8" line stored in chain locker on bow.44 LB Claw (Bruce Style) with separate chain and nylon line.25 LB Dansforth Stern anchor (stored on transom) with rode and chain stored in starboard side cockpit sail lockerExtra 17 LB Dansforth stern anchor175' of 5/16" extra chain stored inside keel.250' 3/4" anchor rode stored in Lazarette New anchor roller installed 2012.New anchor wash down system installed 2012 Holding TanksTwo 50 gal. fiberglass water tanks set in keel sump, making more durableOne 40 gal. diesel tankOne 6 gal. black water tank with direct pump out pipe, macerator pump elimination, or direct into the seaOne ten gallon shower tank Cabin InteriorWith 6'5" headroom. Three ceiling and one large companionway hatches. Four air circulating dorads in cabin (one over transom), keep air fresh and clean without that musky boat smell. Like new vinyl ceiling throughout cabin. Recent complete professional paint job throughout cabin with Interlux primer and two coats Interlux Premium Yacht Enamel ($400 supplies and one month labor).All the finest cabinetry, trim, and flooring of ancient Burmese teak. The interior is warm, bright, and endearing to say the least. Galley/salon: Two sinks with water on demand from new high pressure electric pump and one manual pump. Three Burner CSI gimbaled stove/oven with electric solenoid control for extra safety ($150 parts only)Two horizontal aluminum 2.3 US gallon LPG tanks hooked up with electric soinoid switch feed stove. (One tank stored in LPG box on bow, and one stored inside cockpit steering seat box.)Recent addition of a Norcold DC powered & raw water cooled refrigerator/freezer with six inch refer insulation ($800 parts only).Hanging locker with refrigerator motor inside and sliding teak louvered doorA spacious dining area with folding dinette table, surrounding cushions, and much storage underneath.Toshiba TV with built in DVD player attached to wall ($225 parts only)Two gimbaled gas lights hanging on salon wall.All LED electric lighting throughout.Two AC and three DC outlets in salon.Newport (by Dickinson) wood burning stove with exhaust system. ($600 parts only) HeadOne almost new Jabsco marine head with all new plumbing hoses and clamps, with exits via direct overboard, or into 6 gal holding tank with exits to deck or through new Sureflo 13 GPM Macerator Pump to overboard. Separate shower with its own ten gallon holding tank. One sink with exit overboard. One opening port with new window visor outside allows window to be left open on rainy days.All new Interlux paint on walls and over original dark teak wall board -- for brightness and to match salon. Fore-cabinPrivate access teak door with teak cabinets, three drawers, and hanging locker.One sink with over-board outlet and teak storage cabinets above and belowOne V-birth with two beds, or converts to single double bed.Plenty of storage under V births and in cabinets.One large opening ceiling hatch with new weather stripping.Two large port holes. One opens with new window visor allowing port hole to remain open during rain.One mirrorOne DC outlet Rear cabinTwo large quarter bunks with storage and teak drawers underneathOne hanging lockerAll new Interlux white paint on bunk walls and ceiling over bunks.Navigation table and engine access door.One opening ceiling hatch One opening large port hole with new exterior window visorTwo VHF radios, fuse boxes, electronics indicators.One exhaust fan under starboard bunkOne exhaust fan in engine compartmentOne DC outletTwo AC outletsNew electric bilge pump ($275 parts only)New manual bilge pump ($85 parts only) LAZARETTE Lazarette hatch with one dorade recently rebuilt. 225' Anchor rode, Radar reflector, Barbecue, gas canister, teak folding boarding ladder. CockpitLarge cockpit with Fresh paint, two sail locker with six coast guard approved life vests, two anchors and tackle, dock lines, extra line. SS Wheel steering with Raymarine auto pilot X-5. All navigation electronics with quick disconnectors attached to steering pedestal. Four cockpit drains (two extras recently installed for offshore). Two diesel tank clean-out holes on cockpit floor. Hull Tai-Pan's super well built hull (3/4" at sheer to 2" around keel) used the finest fiberglass compounds before limits were imposed, all hand applied over layers of fiberglass matt, and all done to Lloyds of London rigid 100 standards, which were before the minimum standards were even known, is one more of Tai-Pan's major construction feats to provide that extra security in the open water.Hull Gel coat recent wax/buff, new boot stripe, new ablative bottom coatCurrently restoring upper trim Paint All new interior wall paint with Interlux Premium Enamel. Mast recently removed and painted. Cabin top and cockpit recently painted with Interlux Brightside Exterior Paint BrightworkFresh bright work on exterior and interior using tough and long lasting Cetol. Updates not mentioned:2011 Installed SS Boom gallows on cabin roof2011 Installed custom built Lexon dodger surrounding companionway2012 installed used Cockpit bimini2012 Installed new companionway bimini Boat Inventory:One 8' Walker Bay dinghy.One 2hp Honda Outboard --runs excellentOne 650 hp Honda generatorBombard AX2 Inflatable Dinghy with oars, 55 LBS, 600 LB weight limit (Value $500.00)Solent stay hardware including mast hound, new 5/16" x 1/19 SS forestay, new SS turnbuckle w 5/8" eyesThree sets of block & tackle (1/2", 5/8", & 3/4")All the boat tools and extra hardware includedTwo emergency main rudder steering systems. One, the original bent galvanized pipe system that fits in the anchor locker in the bow. The second is a SS 3/4" drive socket wrench with 1 1/4" socket on a 3/4" swivel that fits nicer and will last much longer in an emergency situation.Extra Mast climbing gear with two Petri climbing devices with two body vests and extras.Aluminum grilled companionway door, for safety and circulation at night.One bear spray for defence.One carpenters belt with two bags for working on mast.Six FendersSix Life Vests, coast guard approvedSix Dock LinesTeak folding swim ladder5 Dorades keep interior air fresh, clean, and fungus freeOne Spot lightThree Boat Hooks1 old Mast sail cover3 hatch coversThree winch handles ( one lockable)Three fire extinguishers (one each room)Two swinging oil lamps in GalleyComplete set of cockpit cushions showing wearSS barbequeExtra anchor rode in transom and anchor chain in keel Complete Safety Gear Inventory (include sails here) 1 first aid kit, 1 Survival kit, 12 ga. Launcher and Red Aerial Signals, Locate-4 Handheld Signal Pack, 3 Red Aerial Flares, Distress Flag, Quarentine Flag (Yellow), 4 extra hand red flares, 3 hand held meteor signals, 2 push button signal horns, 1 distress blinking light, 1 waterproof personal marker light, 1 whistle, 2 American Flags Sailing AbilityThe best part about Tai-Pan is her sea kindly sailing ability in all sea conditions. As recently stated in Good Old Boats magazine, the Rhodes Reliants (Offshore 40 sisterships), with her narrow beam, slack bilge, and moderate freeboard, has a remarkable sea kindly sailing ability. Please read the PDF file from Good Old Boats included in Tai-Pan's sharing folder I will upon request. With her sloop rig, she sails fast and points into the wind very well.Comfort factor of 44.95CapsizeRatio of 1.53Six sister-ships have circumnavigated Offshore preparationsTai-Pan has many added features for offshore blue water sailing, including: two extra cockpit drains (incase she gets pooped); an Aries self-steering wind-vane with six extra vanes and rudder hinge; 6 new staylock stay connectors on all shrouds (extends shroud life and makes it easy to change shrouds); back stay with insulator for SS Radio antenna; inner forestay for storm jib, yankee jib, or stay sail; one new Solent stay with all hardware ready to install on mast comes with a 100% hank-on jib; one tri-sail with separate mast track installed; one removable bow sprit for flying asymmetrical sail with sock; one manual water pump (along with electric pump); three solar panels for three separate battery banks; all new halyards and sheeting lines. For more pictures, videos, or to answer any questions, please contact me via email or my phone as listed on this posting.

Choey Lee Offshore 40 Sloop

Choey Lee Offshore 40 Sloop

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Moving abroad. Must sell this season. Here is your chance to own one of the best sailing, most.well built, and most beautiful yachts ever built for a small fraction of its true value. Designed by Phillip L. Rhodes, Tai-Pan was built by Cheoy Lee Boatyards in Hong Kong in 1967 to stringent Lloyds of London A-100 standards. Year: 1967Current Price: US $39,000.00Location: The Landings at Colony Wharf, 1001 C St., Bellingham, WA.Hull Number and Boat ID #902Certificate of Documentation Number: 1240012Washington State I.D. #WN2475JE Boat DetailsRig Type: Masthead SloopDesigner: Phillip Rhodes Builder: Cheoy Lee shipyard Ltd. (HK)Dry Weight (Disp) 20,750 lbHull Type: Long keel (3/4 Keel) Hull Material: FiberglassDraft: 6'Ballast weight/type: The online stated weight for the Offshore 40 is 2900 lbs. / 1315 kgs of iron. A recent Tai-Pan survey states 7,900 lbs ballast and her keel conatins lead. I added 200' of extra anchor chain into the keel for storage, which stiffens the boat just enough to keep the crew relaxed on a rough day with full sails. Beam: 10.9' LOA: 39.75' / 12.12mLWL: 29'Max Seating 10 Headroom: 6'5" Engine/Fuel Type: Single dieselEngine Make PerkinsEngine Model 4-108Engine Year 1989Engine Hours = 1015Fuel Capacity 40 gal.Water Capacity=100 gal. (two 50 gal fiberglass tanks). Accommodations:Spacious interior with three private access cabins and six berths.Forward V-berths converts into single bed, with hanging locker, sink, drawers and plenty of storage Galley & SalonWater on demand with electric pump or a backup manual hand driven water faucetThree burner propane marine grade stove (CSI Gas Systems Inc.) with ovenPropane auto shut off solinoid installedNorcold DC powered raw water cooled refrigeratorFive dorads keep the boat cool and dry year round. Never any of that moldy smell on this boat.Folding dining table with surrounding cushions and storage, converts into large double bed. Toshiba TV with built in DVD player. Head1 Head with 6 gal holding tank and separate shower tank and sink. Hull Built withmolden fiberglass matt to Lloyds 100 standard (3/4" at sheer to 2" around keel) and deck moldings and bonding straps joining the hull and deck. Electronics:All new electronics (except transducer) are set up with quick disconnects. Chart Plotter: Standard Horizon CP 1801 with AISAuto Pilot: Raymarine X-5 GPS: WAAS GPS antenna in Standard Horizon CP 1801 VHS: Standard Horizon Matrix AIS GX2100BDepth Sounder: Standard Horizon BRonze thru hull triducer DST526Radar: FurunoTwo Back-up VHF radios: Cobra Marmc, MR-F80, D.S.C., & Icom IC-M55DC gauges for all three battery banks and solar panelsExterior Power charging switchAC Socket switchAC Heater witchAll interior lights and masthead lights are LED Steering:Airies Steering Vane that works greatRaymarine electronic wheel steeringwind indicator arrow on mast headelectronic wind indicator in cockpitwind speed indicator needs repair 4" Danforth Constellation cockpit compass3" Kelven White Corsair compass in salon Sails: Two main sails (one stays in storage)Two Furling Genoas. One light 150% for summer sailing, & one heavy duty 150% Genoa for winter or offshore sailing.One Storm sail hanks onto an inner forestay that is only attatched during extreme weather conditions.One asymmetrical sail with spinnaker sock that fits on removable bow sprit One Trysail that fits on separate track for serious offshore stormy weather. Spars: In 2008, I removed the Sitca Spruce mast, rebonded open joints with epoxy, repainted mast, replaced old brass masthead wire sheaves with custom built Delrin sheaves to accommodate new rope halyards, installed a new VHF antenna and LED Masthead light, and replaced the old wire winches with Barient Rope winches. Installed All new VPC England halyards (Polyester Braid Cover with the core a blend of Vectran and MFP (polypropylene). Boom: The original Sitca spruce boom furls. Handy for shortening sail or raising boom to what ever height one desires. Spinnaker Pole: Original Sitca spruce spinnaker pole. Removable Bow Sprit added for flying Asymetrical or Code Zero sails off spinnaker halyard. Rigging: Winches: Two Barient 28 winches, Four Barient 22 winches, Two Barient 22 and one Barient 21 halyard winches on Mast, SS Steering wheel Furler: Hood furling system allows jib to fly furled at any size. Shrouds: 5/16" 1/19 SS with 5/8" eyes and six new Sta-lok terminals on bottom endsRecently added inner forestay with two running back stays for storm jib or any other inner foresailCustom Built Heavy Duty SS Mast Step Anchoring System Rocna 25 kilo galvanized anchor with 175' 5/16" chain and 200' of 5/8" line. 44 LB Claw (Bruce Style) with separate chain and nylon line.25 LB Dansforth Stern anchor45 LB SS CQR type anchor175' of 5/16" chain stored inside keel for extra ballast and emergency chainIdeal anchor windlass that was recently rebuilt Holding TanksTwo 50 gal. fiberglass water tanks set in keel sump, making more durableOne 40 gal. diesel tankOne 6 gal. black water tank with direct pump out pipe, macerator pump elimination, or direct into the sea Battery Banks and Charging SystemsIn 2005 Tai-Pan was professionally wired for AC or DC charging in a slip. Battery Charger: Phase Three, model PT-14, Three Stage Smart Charger.She now has three battery banks, all supported by its own separate solar panel. Two house current banks contain two six volt golf cart batteries. With one Extreme Starter Battery 9950 amp. (2011)Five DC outlets throughout boatNew Rebuilt 35 amp alternator (2009)New Rebuilt Backup 35 amp alternator (2009) Solar PanelsOne SUNSEI 18w solar panel,One SIEMENS 45w solar panel,One 45 w solar panel on starter battery.Each panel sconnected with its own 12v / 10 Amp Charge Controller Brightwork Material Used: Cetal Recent Upgrades2006 Electrical Charging system total upgrade2008 Removed and cleaned entire engine exhaust system and installed new exhaust heater hose.2008 Re-epoxied mast joints2009 Removed and replaced all old wire and rope halyards with all new New England VPC halyards2009 Removed and replaced all old wire winches with SS Barient 16 rope winches2009 Installed all new Sampson double braid sheeting lines through out boat2009 Installed 6 new Sta-loc fittings 2009 Replaced two heavy bronze mast halyard sheaves with two new light custom built Acetal (also known as Delrin) rope sheaves2008 Added 6 Sta-lok fittings on bottom of stays 2009 Installed Aries Circumnavigator Vane Gear2009 Installed one rebuilt electric 35 amp. alternator and bought one extra alternator for backup 2010 New Jabsco marine toilet2010 New macerator pump 2012 Newport (by Dickinson) wood stove that burns presto logs and keeps boat dry and warm in winter. 2011 Aries Circumnavigator Vane hinge to facilitate raising rudder while cruising2011 Two new deck scuppers with plumbing2010 Converted all interior, exterior and masthead lights to LCD bulbs2011 Cut out extra Diesel Tank access/clean-out hole on cockpit floor2011 New high pressure water pump2011 New bilge pump2011 Boom gallows on cabin roof2011 New Perkins manual lift pump2011 New rebuilt fuel injectors on Perkins 4-1082011 New rebuilt Industrial Starter motor2012 Installed Removable bow sprit for Asymmetrical spinnaker added 2011 custom built Lexon windshield surrounding companionway2012 Installed 5 DC female sockets through out boat2011 Companion way dodger2011 Cockpit bimini2012 New rebuilt fuel injection pump2012 New air filter system on main engine2012 New engine compartment vacuum fan system2012 Added one hanging compass in rear room. Kelvin White Corsair. 2012 Rebuilt Ideal anchor windlass2012 Installed new solenoid on Windlass line2012 Installed Norcold water & air cooled refrigeration system2012 Installed new low pressure refrigerator raw water cooling pump2012 Installed anchor wash down system2013 Installed new Jabsco raw water engine pump on main engine2012 Installed new anchor roller2012 Installed two new deck drains to keep deck completely dry at all times2012 Aluminum companionway door created to for security and air circulation while owner is away. 2013 Installed two more cockpit drains for offshore sailing2013 complete interior Paint job. 2013 added eight coats of Restore deck compound to exterior deck2014 added three porthole visors recently to keep windows open while raining Boat Inventory:Custom built Lexon dodger surrounding companion way Companionway biminiSix FendersCockpit BiminiSix Life Vests, coast guard approvedSix Dock LinesTeak folding swim ladder5 Dorades keep interior air fresh, clean, and fungus freeSpot lightTwo Boat Hooks1 Mast sail cover with many patches that could be replaced3 hatch covers that could be replaced for nicer looking onesThree winch handles ( one lockable)Three fire extinquishersTwo swinging oil lamps in GalleyComplete set of cockpit cushions showing wearSS barbeque Complete Safety Gear Inventory 1 first aid kit, 1 Survival kit, 12 ga. Launcher and Red Aerial Signals, Locate-4 Handheld Signal Pack, 3 Red Aerial Flares, Distress Flag, Quarentine Flag (Yellow), 4 extra hand red flares, 3 hand held meteor signals, 2 push button signal horns, 1 distress blinking light, 1 waterproof personal marker light, 1 whistle, 2 American Flags Sailing Abilitycomfort factor of 44.95CapsizeRatio of 1.53The Offshore 40 is renown for it's superb sea friendly sailing ability. Six sister-ships have circumnavigated. Tai-Pan has many added features for offshore blue water sailing, including: two extra cockpit drains (incase she gets pooped), Aries self-steering windvane, 6 new staylock stay connectors, back stay with insulator for SS Radio antenna, inner forestay for storm sail or inner stay sail, one tri-sail with separate mast track installed, one removable bow sprit for flying asymetrical sail with sock, manual water pump (along with electric pump), three solar panels for three separate battery banks. Why am I selling Tai-PanAfter eight years reconditioning this boat with my heart, soul, and every penny i had, I met my future wife. Unfortunately, she cannot swim and is afraid of the water. She won in the end, and we are now raising our new child high in the mountains of the Philippines. And thus, this very special boat is now desperately in search of a new caretaker. For more pictures, videos, or to answer any questions, please contact me via email or my phone as listed on this craigslist posting.

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       the RHODES 22:  CELEBRATING 51 YEARS OF RECORD LONGEVITY

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Edenton, North Carolina  27932

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SEE US    2020    Annapolis Sailboat Show  

                       Oct. 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

 Go for a take-the-tiller  demo sail  at  the Show        

 Buy one of the  4  Show Boats   $16K  to  $60 K 

 Visit this page for future show dates.  In the meantime click away at the link pages on the navigation bar above PLUS,

  go to    http://www.generalboats.com    your gateway to  the world of the Rhodes 22.   There you will find details  from

  construction to ease of Rhodes sailing and trailing.  Here and there you will eavesdrop on Rhodes owners; your future

  friends.  Their chatter amongst themselves can prove immensally valuable in your   decision making .

 USED RHODES 22 SAILBOATS

  all about used versions of general boats'.

         trailing/cruising masterpiece

An owner discovering he

can sail his new Rhodes from anywhere in its huge cockpit.  

We caught his comments

to  his new Rhodes friends:   

"Hoping to sail thorough

Thanksgiving . . . dread going through 4 months without sailing this boat.  

Absolutely love it." 

(all a bit distorted due to his lens/camera  mounting)  

We have an airport.   Drop in anytime: Blimp, Plane, one buyer came by helicopter.

RHODES:   The champion of single handed sailing.   Or a family of 12:  

Just drag a long stout line off the transom and let them all hang on.  I know from experience, they will love the ride.

Or with 7 in the cockpit (3 on each cockpit seat, 1 in one of the swivel seats) , 2 on the  foredeck's natural chaise lounge seating and 3 standing or sitting in the cabin, a family of 12 can enjoy a fun ride.  And we haven't even mentioned the 2 trouble makers in the Lazaret Brig.  So  OK, a family of 14.

From all the ongoing "testimonials" that do not get sent to General Boats, here is the one I stumbled across  that really got me nodding in agreement, because I plead guilty.  "The IMF main would not go in and I started cursing the builder.   Being an engineer, if only by degree, I began examining each element of the system until  I found the culprit in the last place I looked: It was me.  I was standing on the outhaul line."  

My advice:  Take this Rhodies e-mail's advice:

"I have a 25 years old recycled and everything works like new.  To paraphrase Stan, If it is hard to do, you ar​e doing it wrong ".

a scattered sampling

of what's in our 4 sites.

We do not favor testimonials;  buyers telling manufacturers  how pleased they are.   Peeking over the shoulder  of a  Rhodes owner chatting with another Rhodes owner, or with a  Rhodes  wannabe

Is really  much more  rewarding  for  shoppers.    if any owner has  anything negative to say,  let us  know,   we will take their rhodes  away from them.   with this  bit  of  transparency,  here,  from the  rhodes cheering squad, are some not-to-gb-emails  you will read, in our many web sites.  all  of  course, good.   all  basically  saying  the rhodes is one amazing sailboat.    some  going us  one better, "the rhodes is the caddilac of trailer sailboats"..

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ALL RECYCLED RHODES COME WITH THE NEW TRAVELER BAR INVENTION:  Its e ndless  loop line now makes for  easy traveler control, no matter what side the Skipper is sailing from.   And  Without  having

to cleat (ever) no less.  Get ready for Better Sail Shape, Better Pointing,  Better Performance.  (So simple, it's hard to believe it took so long to get around to this one.)  The  brite side, Better late than never has the triumphantly reviewed traveler encouraging GB to get back to the 'What's Next' desk before we have even have an idea of what is next is in the wings. 

"The New Traveler is super"

"The new traveler joy increases.  I sailed with my buddy today in trying wind conditions.  He is not a Rhodie, not his fault.  But as a seasoned sailor he was so impressed with every aspect of this new traveler - he was unable to contain his amazement."

"Received my new traveler.  Wow, what a device."

"GB has nailed it again.  The new traveler has one continuous line you simply push or pull. Improved sail shape and performance.  The new traveler with the  new 130 genoa, I am one happy sailor." Own a Rhodes and find performance outstanding with your original traveler?  No need to rush out and upgrade, unless you are looking for even more ease of handling and even better sailing perfomance. 

and our

SINGLE HANDING 

IS EVERY RHODES

MIDDLE NAME.

   GB's made by hand production line,

                        when the economy is good:

"Hi all. Been sailing since mid May in winds from 3 to 18 mph, boat performs flawlessly under all conditions." "launched,  motored to mooring, raised mast and took first sail of season. furling lines worked perfectly, as did everything else.  my third year and it just keeps getting better" "I wholeheartedly agree.  Everything about this boat is amazing.  Like the Timex watches of the sea, takes awailing and keeps on sailing." "The key thing is that my wife really likes eveything about the boat - the looks, that it's spacious and comfortable both in the cockpit and the cabin, the ease of sailing it, the bimini top, etc."

Returning from a demonstration sail

at the Annapolis Show where you take the tiller and put her through all the gymnastics you like. .

Left.   Capsizing never enters this skipper's thoughts as he sails seated on the flared hull's comfortable gunnel. Moving his rear from a cockpit seat perch loads his boat with twice his single crew's live ballast.  He knows when the flare of the  hull hits pay water, the boat stops there.  He knows for a flatter ride, a tug on his main and/or genoa furling line has him sailing as flat as his mood desires.    And he knows if he doesn't want to sacrifice speed, lowering the boom (another Rhodes only)    lowers the  sail's  center of effort.  Full sail area remains in play.  More speed, less heel, brilliant. 

  • Owners Coop

These Rhodies are being followed by their pet tender at a distance that works well for tacking.

Re the Rhodes traveler bar invention, not the best of photos but you will note that the bottom, forward red line is not associated with the traveler car, as all other lines are.  Note this is the only line runing from one end of the bar to the other. This is the endless control line.  Simply push it or pull it from Port or Starboard seating and then let go.  That's it.     .

Two other Rhodes fans from the Far West caught boasting to friends with other boats:

 "my new boat just arrived and it sails wonderfully “ 

 “as I start my second season I’m looking forward   to learning more about this amazing boat.”

       All Rhodies boast about their cockpit being larger

      than friends with larger boats.    To the right the

      6th crew member (the Admiral) has the camera.

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1992 22' General Boats Rhodes 22

  • Description

Seller's Description

This is a Rhodes 22 sailboat, a 22-foot trailerable cruiser. It was built in 1992 and factory-reconditioned in 2005. It is in great shape, and comes fully equipped.

This sailboat is easy to sail single-handed: all the lines lead to the cockpit, and both sails furl, making them easy to handle without leaving the cockpit. Additionally, a “tiller clutch” allows to keep the rudder in place while trimming the sails.

Everything works, except maybe the solar panels (never tested), but I use shore power to charge the 2 batteries.

The boat comes with a single-axle trailer. Tires are new (2020).

Equipment: Outside: - in-mast furling mainsail (1 new 1 used) - roller furling jib (130% jib and 170% jib) - bimini (can be seen on one of the pictures) - 2 captain chairs - cockpit cushions - 13 lbs Danforth-style anchor - 8 hp Tohatsu outboard - fenders, lines…

Cabin: - Wide opening thanks to the “pop top” that slides up - Galley with sink (new fresh water tank) - Ice box - Dining table (can also be set in the cockpit) - Cushions, which can be arranged to form a bed in the main part of the cabin - V-berth, also with cushions - Head (manual pump - with waste water tank) - 2 opening hatches - Electric stove - VHF radio - Lights (2 in the main part of the cabin, 1 in the v-berth, 1 in the head)

Rig and Sails

Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

Thanks to Sam Spitzer for providing corrections and additional information.

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The Rhodes 22 Owners' Group is a collection of people who either own a Rhodes 22 sailboat (in some cases more than one), are former owners of a Rhodes 22 sailboat, or are thinking about buying a Rhodes 22 sailboat. Anyone with any interest in the Rhodes 22 is welcome to join us.

This website serves as a place to welcome those who have recently become interested in the Rhodes 22, and as a library of pictures, articles, documents, and links for anyone looking for more information about the Rhodes 22.

The real action in our community happens on our discussion group .

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Historical Note:

Most of the content on this website was created around the year 2000 ... a few years before; a few years after. After that time, little was added. As a result, a lot what you see here might seem somewhat dated. But that doesn't mean it's not relevant. The Rhodes 22 sailboat is the same boat today that it was in the year 2000.

In 2020 an effort was undertaken to revitilize the website, to modernize the look and feel, and perhaps to add some new bells and whistles. If you're reading this, it's an indication that this effort has been at least partially successful. Thank you for your patience.

The discussion group , on the other hand has been going strong the entire time, so, if you have an interest in the Rhodes 22, feel free to hop on board.

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  1. Rhodes 22

    The Rhodes has a PHRF rating of about 258, which is a bit faster than, say, the Catalina 22 (270), the O'Day 22 (279) or the Chrysler 22 (282) It's by no means a racing boat (the J-22 has a rating of 177). The Rhodes 22 is an easy boat to sail, with enough basic adjustments to satisfy most sailors, though we do wish for a boom vang.

  2. RHODES 22 CONTINENTAL

    Learn about the RHODES 22 CONTINENTAL, a keel/cutter sloop designed by Rhodes and built by General Boats, C&C Yachts, Lofland Sail-craft and others. Find out its hull type, rigging type, LOA, LWL, displacement, ballast, draft, construction, first built, and more.

  3. Rhodes 22

    Rhodes 22: Boat; Displacement: 2,000 lb (907 kg) Draft: 4.00 ft (1.22 m) with centerboard down: Hull; Type: monohull: Construction: fiberglass: LOA: 22.00 ft (6.71 m) LWL: 20.00 ft (6.10 m) ... The Rhodes 22, also referred to as the Rhodes 22 Continental, is an American trailerable sailboat that was designed by Philip Rhodes as a cruiser and ...

  4. The Rhodes 22 Owners' Group

    The Rhodes 22 sailboat is the same boat today that it was in the year 2000. In 2020 an effort was undertaken to revitilize the website, to modernize the look and feel, and perhaps to add some new bells and whistles. If you're reading this, it's an indication that this effort has been at least partially successful. ...

  5. 22' Rhodes Sailboats For Sale

    22' Rhodes22. 1988. 22'. $ 14,900. This 1988/2005 Rhodes 22 comes ready to sail!!! She was re-fitted at the factory in 2005 and had a new paint job along with several other upgrades. She has a powerful 2005 9.9 Yahama outboard with electric start and a battery re-charging connection. The outboard electric lift system makes raising ….

  6. The Rhodes 22 Owners' Group

    The Rhodes 22 is 22' 0" long overall, with a waterline length of 20' 0". The beam is 8' 0". Displacement of the boat can vary, but is generally between 2700 and 2900 lbs (boats built in the 1970's are probably lighter). Ballast in the shoal keel is about 650 lbs. The draft of a Rhodes 22 is about 20" with the centerboard and rudder raised.

  7. Rhodes 22 Review

    The boat feels responsive and is both easy to sail and fun. To put this into perspective, the PHRF of the Catalina 22 is 270, the O'Day 22 is 279 and the Rhodes is 258. Not a race boat like the J-22 (177), but very respectable for a 22' trailerable cruising boat. The Rhodes has a fairly long waterline at 20'.

  8. WELCOME ON BOARD general boats' trailing / cruising / daysailing rhodes 22

    The Rhodes 22 is the most comfortable sailboat for day sailing and cruising on the market in her size range. The single most striking feature of the boat's layout is the size of the cockpit: Its length and width is equal to or greater than many larger boats I have sailed. It is perfect for comfortable sailing and lounging even with a crowd ...

  9. Rhodes 22 Continental

    Rhodes 22 Continental is a 22′ 0″ / 6.7 m monohull sailboat designed by Philip Rhodes and built by C&C Yachts, Ray Greene & Co., Siddons & Sindle, General Boats, and Loftland Sail-craft Inc. starting in 1968.

  10. BOAT REVIEW: Rhodes 22 Revisited)

    BOAT REVIEW: Rhodes 22 Revisited) Small Craft Advisor | September - October 2022 Overlooked by the masses, admired by owners—there are good reasons the Rhodes 22 has been in production for over a quarter century. Back in 1959 when General Boats B= started production, their focus was the Picnic 17. Factory brochures proclaimed: It's a motor boat, a fishing boat, a skiing boat, and a ...

  11. 2008 Rhodes 22

    2008 Rhodes 22 Pocket Sailor . This is one of the last from this well know custom builder. All updates have been done by his yard to the original one owner's specs. ... This boat includes all standard equipment including upgrades as follows: cushions and 175 genoa. There is a sink with an electric faucet pump, a one burner butane stove and a ...

  12. Reviews of Rhodes 22

    The Rhodes 22 is a trailerable cruising sailboat which features a shoal draft keel with centerboard. The mast is deck stepped with a single spreader & 9 stays. The sailplan is masthead rigged with roller furling. We have owned our 1976 Rhodes 22 since 1987. We live on a small inland lake in central lower Michigan & keep the boat at our own dock.

  13. PDF RHODES 22 General Specifications

    RHODES 22 General Specifications "Rhodes" is a 22 ft. General Boats (Rhodes model 22) powered by a 8Hp Mercury two-stroke outboard. It has a Main (110 sqft) and a 175% (approx 210sqf) Furling Jib Genoa.System. A Spinnaker may be available in the future. Specifications •Length Over All: 22'-0" • Length Waterline: 20'-0" • Beam: 8'-0"

  14. Rhodes 22 Boats for sale

    1995 Rhodes 22 Sloop This Rhodes 22 Sloop is a great sailing vessel that provides a safe and fun boat to sail. She was refurbished in 2006 by Rhodes. She has a 2010 Yamaha Four Stroke 6 H.P. auxiliary motor. Her navy blue hull makes her a real eye-catcher! Photos Available Soon!

  15. Used Rhodes 22 Sailboats

    the RHODES 22: CELEBRATING 51 YEARS OF RECORD LONGEVITY . MARRIED TO AHEAD-OF-THE-TIMES SAILBOAT FEATURES VISIT US General Boats International 114 Midway Drive

  16. 1992 22' General Boats Rhodes 22

    Seller's Description. This is a Rhodes 22 sailboat, a 22-foot trailerable cruiser. It was built in 1992 and factory-reconditioned in 2005. It is in great shape, and comes fully equipped. This sailboat is easy to sail single-handed: all the lines lead to the cockpit, and both sails furl, making them easy to handle without leaving the cockpit.

  17. The Rhodes 22 Owners' Group

    The Rhodes 22 sailboat is the same boat today that it was in the year 2000. In 2020 an effort was undertaken to revitilize the website, to modernize the look and feel, and perhaps to add some new bells and whistles. If you're reading this, it's an indication that this effort has been at least partially successful. ...

  18. Rhodes 22 Documentation Library

    The Rhodes 22 is a semi-custom boat, and has gone through many changes and improvements over the 30+ years General Boats has been building it. These documents, like the Rhodes 22 itself, have also evolved over time and may or may not be appropriate for use with your particular boat.

  19. Our First Chesapeake Adventure our our Rhodes 22!

    Our first sail on the Chesapeake on our #Rhodes 22 Sailing from Bivalve, Maryland to Janes Island State Park. Things got a little dicey as winds that were p...

  20. Rhodes sailboats for sale by owner.

    Rhodes preowned sailboats for sale by owner. Rhodes used sailboats for sale by owner.

  21. The Rhodes 22 Owners' Group

    General Boats International. General Boats, loacated in Edenton, NC, is the owner of the design of the Rhodes 22. In the 1970's, the work of building Rhodes 22's was contracted out to a series of other boat building companies. But, not satisfied with the quality of the work, General Boats took on the job in the early 1980's, and became the ...

  22. Rhodes boats for sale

    What Rhodes model is the best? Some of the most popular Rhodes models currently listed include: 19, 49 Sloop, Bounty II, Bounty II 40ft and Bounty II 41. Specialized yacht brokers, dealers, and brokerages on YachtWorld have a diverse selection of Rhodes models for sale, with listings spanning from 1946 year models to 2005.

  23. Rhodes 22 VS Other 22's

    I have been on Catalina 22's that required both hands on the tiller in what a Rhodes 22 sailor considers moderate conditions. We are a group of proud owners who feel the Rhodes 22 is the finest trailerable cruiser made. No boat is perfect, but the compromises made by the Rhodes 22 never affect safety and stability. Alex Bell: Nov 20,2000