We are always being told: "Lake Michigan, rough waters to sail".
We have demonstrated out of Racine, downtown Chicago, Michigan City and many other Lake Michigan ports and have found it a delightful sailing menu, if anything, often leaving us becalmed. With the Chicago Sears Tower in the background, these two groups of Michigan Rhodies are sailing the Lake on different boats in different years but with the same demeanor that lets you know they are completely at ease, to the extent that both groups are comfortably crewing from the leward side, perfectly at home in terrible Lake Michigan. . . . .maybe it is just being on a Rhodes that lulls them all into seeing it this way.
IT WAS NOT THE LAST.
YEARS AND YEARS LATER
WE DID IT AGAIN, 2017
MORE RHODIES FROM
MORE PARTS OF THE
WORLD FOR AN EVEN
MORE MEMORIAL PARTY
INSIDE THE SHOW
(will see if any attendies
have any photos to post)
an R 27
7' Head Room
A WHEEL ON A 22 ? if you insist, but
Takes up cockpit space,
Not as responsive as a tiller.
Takes up eating space
Takes up sleeping space
But Oh, SO SEXY
the GB traveler invention. is gettiing to be old hat for those buying their Rhodes directly from the plant these past two years. GB's traveler kept the main sheet out of passengers' hair - and feet. It did not block the cabin entrance or was it a cockpit floor stumbling block. It was just a bit of a nuisance to use; not in keeping with the rest of the Rhodes. Now no loose ended lines to clutter the cockpit. NO cleating. No designated driver's port or starboard seating. Now just one continuous line you PUSH OR PULL whether you happen to be port or starboard standing or sitting. Just tell the main sheet car where to go and it stays there, with one safety exception: An accidental jibe will be even less threatening because an overpowering force will automatically move the car to spill wind. Jibing a Rhodes continues to be one of your standard option, but now even safer.
The real time sailing benefit is that now you will actually begin using the traveler. And, getting the benefits a traveler was born for: Greater proformance; little things like improved pointing, winning races, or just looking good.
If the Rhodes
is one of your contenders
renting one for a day or two
is not a bad idea.
It is what this shopping couple did.
EDENTON Harbor is a good destination.
The first two nights are free. The town dockage is
well protected, facilities are excellent,
great restaurants are a few steps away.
an IMF main lets you use the topping lift
to raise the boom at the end of the day -
prevents birds from roosting and doing
their thing all over your cockpit.
The Rhodes Boat Show Package Pricing includes sails. Your call:
a deck sweeping 175% Furling/Reefing Genoa for more power in light air or
a 130% Furling/Reefing Genoa for easier handling in all airs. Here are a few
comments from the Rhodies community.
"The 130 makes it much easier for a rookie sailor like me to tack."
"Even when fully unfurled the 130 rides up high enough that you get a much better view forward. The window is hardly necessary."
"I like the 175. We get enough light winds when all that extra sail area is appredciated. I am not that concerned with loss of efficiency when it is reefed to a storm jib size. When it is windy enough for me to want to use a storm jib size sail, there is enough wind for me to not worry about loss of efficiency. It is harder to handle than a smaller jib.. But with lots of use, that gets easier."
Bottom Line: For easier sailing go with the 130. For predominately light area sailing waters, go 175.
For areas with variably wind conditions go with both size sails. GB's under design dual genoas system will let you sail with both size sails. Downwind with both sails deployed, will be a blast.
A 175% furling genoa is standard on all Rhodes so that you can have a storm jib or a working jib or a genoa with a simple line adjustment. With so many Rhodies moving beyond fair weather sailing, an interest in an additional, optional 130% genoa has been growing: "Mac invited me to try out his new 130 genoa he just got from GB. I've always been an advocate of the 175 even though it's rare that the monster is completely unfurled. I may have to rethink that. If a smaller sail is better for 80% of your needs then it probably makes sense."
A TX gentleman walked into the plant ready to buy, IF
he could have an oven. His wife's instructions: "no oven, no boat". What is a boat builder to do? He
was big, a Texan, had the money.
He left with the only Rhodes galley
of its kind: Double top burners, swinging oven, with a LP cockpit storage tanks setup.
keeping your Rhodes on a lift is great. no bottom painting. just make sure the installer knows it is for a sailboat and sailboats have rocker bottoms. have it designed like the trailer: Flexible bunks.
Probably a first and last.
We are probably the last company standing to have been at the very first Annapolis show. The show has always had very strict security . Every item, every person, was always labeled and punched, grounds cleared closing time. But we had been there so long we decided to ask. Rhodies from all over the country were coming to meet at the show. Could we stay after hours and have a party. We were not prepared for the show's "Yes" so had to have a catered affair. There were speeches and laughter and stories and good food, and only one damper: The prize winner turned out not to be a Rhodes owner and never did buy one.
If you have never seen a new Rhodes, note the grey non-skid deck treatment. The texture change provides more skid resistant and its color provides more color interest while also taming reflection. lt is now also much easier to repair mistakes: ie., You cluttered up your admiral's favored built-in chaise lounge bow deck with UPS necessaries and now find you hardly use that sail and your first mate is no longer going sailing with you.
For those who have not seen the not too new companion way treatment , the cabin door piano hinge has been replaced with sturdy ss hinges where lock nuts inside prevent removal from outside. The sleek black or white acrylic door can not open'ti the keyed sliding hatch is slid forward. The seam between the upper and lower panel is optimally angled for weather protection while allowing the top panel to still be set horizontally for door use as a chart table, serving bar or additional galley work counter surface. The top door panel has a plastic platform that hosts the when-in-use table leg and the graceful door handle. This singular multi use door retires out of your sailing way when not on duty.
What is this And This ?
When this wood tiller looked around and discovered it was the only wooden part left on Rhodes exteriors, it gave up the ghost. It is no more buying skids of wood tillers for GB. For those who still want wood for old times sake we can sell you a used one or you will have to look elsewhere. Rhodes new all glass tillers are not only stunning to behold (they are available in matching hull colors, my preference being red since the red tillers look like highly polished mahogany), they are operationally gratifying, so much so, it will show in your handling of your ship. Sail with a new GB tiller and you will get it.
(left) Dean is making Rhodes history.
His third Rhodes has just been delivered. He keeps one in 3 different
locations so he is ready to saih as soon as he gets there. The RCR
(Rhodes club Racer) with light weight hull and racng sails, have him
ahead of the pack at his racing location.
Up to now our limit has been two Rhodes per family.
this is a lose, flexible, changing page for anything you or we may want to trumpet, that has anything to do with Rhodes sailing.
A Buyer of a new Rhodes said he does not want the fully enclosed head or the semi enclosed. He wanted something in between.
WE cut back the galley bow-end bulkhead and substituted a gleaming stainless steel curtain rod in place of the three panel head door. He loved it. What do you think, should we be offering three head floor plans instead of just two ?
"Hi all: Installed new traveler yesterday. It is anoincredibly slick piece of work. Slide the car to where you want it using the infinite long line and it stays there until you move it again. No muss, no fuss."
Australia anyone? Vicki and Neil are enjoying their new Rhodes down under. The seasons are reversed; (it also looks like they have their bimini reversed).
"We have enjoyed being a member of this forum for the last few years.
When we decided to sell as part of our retirement downsizing, we posted here on The List and other places. We ended up selling to a couple who had been looking at the Rhodes for 5 years, at boat shows and at the plant. It is that kind of available support that makes us pleased with all the Certificate of Support program makes possible for Rhodes owners and buyers. The buyers knew what they were looking for and understood its value. They said that the factory support they were getting was an important factor in their buying decision making."
getting back to the Rhodes communitys' longevity and the the Certificates of Support's value in making that longevity a reality for the past 50 years and hopefully for the next 50 years, a Rhodes seller e-mails
the Rhodes-List re this program:
Thanks for the tour of the factory and the
loan of your marvelous boat."
"What a wonderful time we had this past weekend - we made Edenton in just 4 1/2 hours,
good blow, choppy waves, boat handled flawlessly, even with an accidental jibe. We spent the night at the free docks, walked to Waterman's Grill, then back to the boat for a good night's sleep; the Pop Top was up and the hatches open for star gazing. The next morning our dock neighbors invited us on board for coffee. Heading back it was a good breeze moving us at a steadey 6mph.
At the GB dock we set up the table in the cockpit and celebrated with food and drink, a most perfect 12th anniversary weekend for us."