Week 2 & 3
Week 4 pt 1
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Week 5 pt 1
Week 5 pt 2
Week 5 pt 3
BOTTOM LINE; The Rhodes does what the big boats do And goes where they can not I know 5 who sailed (2 single handed) off into the ocean, to Bimini. Once there they sailed into the privacy of weather protected lovely large lagoons where big boys could not go. Beyond the narrow entry below is the Atlantic Ocean and beyond that, the USA. Wherever the Rhodes has ventured in its 50 years, it has never lost a soul in its care.
from a dockside admirer: “This has to be a Rhodes. Not many sailboats that size can set up so spacious a room in the cockpit. Awesome.”
from the owner: “I am enjoying learning more about my recycled Rhodes 22 this first summer of sailing. Ownership ensures the table with the best sunset view requires no reservations. Sailing on Lake Hartwell in summer for me means going up the night before, sleeping on board and then catching the morning winds.”
chiming in owners:
“I don’t have a red table cloth but do have a red dinner sky.”
A new owner to an old time Rhodie: “....I was between a close haul and broad reach running over 5 kts. and pushing the gps beyond 6 as I raced down the following sea. My sail back required tacking several times on as close haul as I could get. At this point the wind was kicking up close to 20. This and an outgoing tide made for some pretty exciting boat handling ...” The experienced owner :
“What you were lacking was rail meat.The other part of the answer is you had too much sail out for the conditions. But that’s OK, the more you sail and try different approaches, the better off you will be. Don’t be afraid to push her to limits. Stan has built an exceptional boat that is both a pleasure to sail and also very forgiving to those that sail on the edge. Your speeds, along with the conditions, warrants that I officially place you in the “Extreme” Rhodes 22 hall of fame. This is a very elite group of sailors and drunks”.
A thousand miles from home this Rhodes discovers the undiscovered beautifully
pristine waters of Mexico., this one with a reserved-for-a-Rhodes, nook for the night.
I ran across a link to a website: http://tomdove.com/sailcalc.html in which you can compare any boat to any other boat in a whole host of categories. I have to admit to spending hours on there comparing boats in the size range I'm looking for. In case you''ve never been to the website you'll be happy to know The Rhodes 22 stands out against all comers except in hull speed. But the differences is usually only about 1-2 knots. Those that are faster always compromise in other categories that are important in a cruiser. The items on the website that intrigued me most were Motion Comfort and Capsize Ratio. The Rhodes is a huge standout in those categories. Why is this important to me? I'm an adventure guy and enjoy pushing limits. As such, sailing into the Great Lakes or the Bahamas is on my radar screen. OK, I'll let you get back to your day."
(Mike, you made my day.)
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If you are up to a little more eavesdropping, here is some more pretty good stuff, particularly the one further down that directs you to http://tomdove.com/sailcalc.html
"We are party animals, 6 for cockpt dining leaves room for two more to drop by."
editor's note: I see another Rhodes docked to their port. The Rhodies community rules include borrowing each others cockpit if you have invited too many to dinner.
THE NEXT EMAIL refers to a site that is news to me. And it is not from a Rhodes owner.