Philip Rhodes

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1895 - 1974

Philip Rhodes photo

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
PENGUIN 11.42 ft / 3.48 m 1939
PETREL 12 (RHODES) 12.00 ft / 3.66 m 1966
RHODES 18 18.00 ft / 5.49 m 1948
RHODES 19 19.16 ft / 5.84 m 1958
RHODES 19 CB 19.16 ft / 5.84 m 1958
RHODES 22 CONTINENTAL 22.00 ft / 6.71 m 1968
RHODES 27 39.16 ft / 11.94 m 1939
RHODES 28 39.00 ft / 11.89 m 1938
RHODES 29 42.25 ft / 12.88 m 1955
RHODES 33 33.67 ft / 10.26 m 1938
RHODES 38 (SEAFARER) 37.75 ft / 11.51 m 1971
RHODES 41 (PEARSON) 40.83 ft / 12.44 m 1961
RHODES 42 42.25 ft / 12.88 m 1954
RHODES 77 77.16 ft / 23.52 m 1947
RHODES BANTAM 14.00 ft / 4.27 m 1945
RHODES IDLER 25.00 ft / 7.62 m 1946
RHODES RANGER 29 28.50 ft / 8.69 m 1960
RHODES RELIANT 41 40.75 ft / 12.42 m 1963
ROBIN (RHODES) 10.83 ft / 3.30 m 1960
SEAFARER 36C 36.33 ft / 11.07 m 1968
SEAFARER 38 KETCH 37.75 ft / 11.51 m 1971
SEAFARER 38C 37.75 ft / 11.51 m 1972
SEAFARER 38C KR 37.75 ft / 11.51 m 1972
SEAFARER BAHAMA 35 MS 35.00 ft / 10.67 m 1960
SWIFTSURE 33 (RHODES) 33.08 ft / 10.08 m 1959


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