Philip Rhodes

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1895 - 1974


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.

Sailboats Designed By Philip Rhodes

Model LOA First Built
ANNAPOLIS 30 (RHODES) 30.21 ft / 9.21 m 1958
ARROWHEAD (RHODES) 20.67 ft / 6.30 m 1937
BOUNTY (RHODES) 38.75 ft / 11.81 m 1939
BOUNTY II 40.83 ft / 12.44 m 1956
CABRILLO 32 32.00 ft / 9.75 m 1964
CHESAPEAKE 32 32.00 ft / 9.75 m 1960
DANBOAT 33 33.00 ft / 10.06 m 1960
DATER (RHODES) 20.66 ft / 6.30 m 1946
DYER DHOW 9.00 ft / 2.74 m 1944
DYER DINK 10.00 ft / 3.05 m 1934
DYER DT 10.54 ft / 3.21 m 1977
EDGARTOWN ROVER 17.00 ft / 5.18 m 1937
EMPIRE 40 40.75 ft / 12.42 m 1964
EVERGREEN (RHODES) 36.00 ft / 10.97 m 1945
GRUMMAN DINGHY 8.52 ft / 2.60 m 1959
HURRICANE 19 19.00 ft / 5.79 m 1945
KINGFISHER III 11.92 ft / 3.63 m 1960
LAKE ONE-DESIGN (RHODES) 34.00 ft / 10.36 m 1938
LITTLE SISTER (RHODES) 27.12 ft / 8.27 m 1938
MARINER 19 CB 19.16 ft / 5.84 m 1962
MARINER 19 FK 19.16 ft / 5.84 m 1962
MARLIN 18 (RHODES) 18.08 ft / 5.51 m 1937
MERIDIAN 25 (SEAFARER) 24.75 ft / 7.54 m 1960
OFFSHORE 40 (CHEOY LEE) 39.75 ft / 12.12 m 1964
OUTLAW 26 (O'DAY ) 26.00 ft / 7.92 m 1965


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