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Philip Rhodes
1895-1974
Philip Rhodes photo
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Philip L. Rhodes is one of the best known American boat designers of the 20th century. His career spanned more than 50 years.
Rhodes had worked at a number of firms before joining Cox & Stevens, Inc., New York City in 1934. By 1947 this had become Philip L. Rhodes, Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Rhodes and his firm were pioneers in the development of fiberglass construction methods. The Bounty II for Coleman Plastics in 1956 became one of the earliest yachts built of fiberglass, and established the viability of the new material for larger production boats.
By the 1950's, Philip Rhodes spent most of his time as a manager of the firm. For many years, James McCurdy served as head of the Yacht Design Section. The actual designs of boats followed certain formula and guidelines Rhodes had developed earlier. Much of the later basic design work was done by his son Philip H. ("Bodie") Rhodes. Detailed layouts and drawings were done by Al Mason, Charles Jannace, and Dick Davis. Other designers worked on motor yachts, and commercial and military boats. In addition, Rhodes' other son Daniel Rhodes did brokerage work in the office.
Philip Rhodes retired in 1970.
Jim McCurdy and his son Bodie Rhodes had created their own yacht design company (McCurdy and Rhodes) in 1968.
Most of the Rhodes material is archived at the Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library, (Philip L. Rhodes Collection) Mystic Seaport Museum.
Listed here are some of the better known, 'series built' designs.
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NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
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DYER DINK 10.00' / 3.05m 1934
MARLIN 18 (RHODES) 18.08' / 5.51m 1937
ARROWHEAD (RHODES) 20.67' / 6.30m 1937
EDGARTOWN ROVER 17.00' / 5.18m 1937
RHODES 28 39.00' / 11.89m 1938
RHODES 33 33.67' / 10.26m 1938
LITTLE SISTER 27.12' / 8.27m 1938
LAKE ONE-DESIGN (RHODES) 34.00' / 10.36m 1938
BOUNTY (RHODES) 38.75' / 11.81m 1939
PENGUIN 11.42' / 3.48m 1939
RHODES 27 39.16' / 11.94m 1939
WEEK-ENDER (RHODES) 38.83' / 11.84m 1941
WOOD-PUSSY 13.50' / 4.11m 1943
DYER DHOW 9.00' / 2.74m 1944
RHODES BANTAM 14.00' / 4.27m 1945
EVERGREEN (RHODES) 36.00' / 10.97m 1945
HURRICANE 19 19.00' / 5.79m 1945
DATER (RHODES) 20.66' / 6.30m 1946
RHODES IDLER 25.00' / 7.62m 1946
RHODES 77 77.16' / 23.52m 1947
RHODES 18 18.00' / 5.49m 1948
WHISTLER CLASS (RHODES) 38.50' / 11.73m 1949
RHODES 42 42.25' / 12.88m 1954
TEMPTRESS 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1955
RHODES 29 42.25' / 12.88m 1955
BOUNTY II 40.83' / 12.44m 1956
RHODES 19 CB 19.16' / 5.84m 1958
RHODES 19 19.16' / 5.84m 1958
ANNAPOLIS 30 (RHODES) 30.21' / 9.21m 1958
SWIFTSURE 33 (RHODES) 33.08' / 10.08m 1959
GRUMMAN DINGHY 8.52' / 2.60m 1959
DANBOAT 33 33.00' / 10.06m 1960
ROBIN (RHODES) 10.83' / 3.30m 1960
KINGFISHER III 11.92' / 3.63m 1960
SEAFARER BAHAMA 35 MS 35.00' / 10.67m 1960
CHESAPEAKE 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1960
RHODES RANGER 29 28.50' / 8.69m 1960
MERIDIAN 25 (SEAFARER) 24.75' / 7.54m 1960
RHODES 41 (PEARSON) 40.83' / 12.44m 1961
MARINER 19 CB 19.16' / 5.84m 1962
MARINER 19 FK 19.16' / 5.84m 1962
VANGUARD 33 (PEARSON) 32.58' / 9.93m 1963
RHODES RELIANT 41 40.75' / 12.42m 1963
TEMPEST 23 (O'DAY) 23.17' / 7.06m 1964
OFFSHORE 40 (CHEOY LEE) 39.75' / 12.12m 1964
CABRILLO 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1964
EMPIRE 40 40.75' / 12.42m 1964
OUTLAW 26 (O'DAY ) 26.00' / 7.92m 1965
PETREL 12 (RHODES) 12.00' / 3.66m 1966
RHODES 22 CONTINENTAL 22.00' / 6.71m 1968
SEAFARER 36C 36.33' / 11.07m 1968
TRAVELLER 32 32.08' / 9.78m 1970
SEAFARER 38 KETCH 37.75' / 11.51m 1971
RHODES 38 (SEAFARER) 37.75' / 11.51m 1971
SEAFARER 38C KR 37.75' / 11.51m 1972
SEAFARER 38C 37.75' / 11.51m 1972
DYER DT 10.54' / 3.21m 1977



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