the RHODES 22: CELEBRATING 51 YEARS OF RECORD LONGEVITY
MARRIED TO AHEAD-OF-THE-TIMES SAILBOAT FEATURES
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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.
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 are doing it wrong".
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)
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.
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. .
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.
ALL RECYCLED RHODES COME WITH THE NEW TRAVELER BAR INVENTION: Its endless 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.
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Returning from a demonstration sail
at the Annapolis Show where you take the tiller and put her through all the gymnastics you like..
These Rhodies are being followed by their pet tender at a distance that works well for tacking.
GB's made by hand production line,
when the economy is good:
a scattered sampling
of what's in our 4 sites.
IS EVERY RHODES
"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."
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.