Rhodes 18

Summary

The Rhodes 18 is an American trailerable day sailer or sailing dinghy that was designed by Philip Rhodes in 1938 and first built in 1948. It is Rhodes' design #448.[1][2][3][4]

Rhodes 18
Development
DesignerPhilip Rhodes
LocationUnited States
Year1948
No. built700
Builder(s)Cape Cod Shipbuilding
RoleDay sailer-Sailing dinghy
NameRhodes 18
Crewtwo
Boat
Crewtwo
Boat weight800 lb (363 kg)
Draft4.00 ft (1.22 m) with centerboard down
Hull
Typemonohull
Constructionfiberglass
LOA18.00 ft (5.49 m)
LWL17.00 ft (5.18 m)
Beam6.25 ft (1.91 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typecenterboard
Rudder(s)transom-mounted rudder
Rig
Rig typeBermuda rig
Sails
Sailplanfractional rigged sloop
Spinnaker area197 sq ft (18.3 m2)
Total sail area162 sq ft (15.1 m2)

ProductionEdit

The design has been built by Cape Cod Shipbuilding in the United States since 1948 and remains in production.[1][3][4][5][6]

DesignEdit

The boat was designed as a junior trainer for the Stamford Yacht Club in Connecticut.[7]

The Rhodes 18 is a recreational sailboat, initially built from wood, since 1965 it has been constructed from fiberglass, with wood trim. The hull has decks all around the cockpit. It has a fractional sloop rig, a plumb stem, a vertical transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a retractable centerboard or an optional fixed fin keel. The centerboard version displaces 800 lb (363 kg), while the keelboat model displaces 920 lb (417 kg). With no centerboard truck, the keel-equipped version provides more unobstructed cockpit space.[1][3][4]

The boat will hold five adults, but is normally sailed with a crew of two.[4]

The keel-equipped version of the boat has a draft of 2.67 ft (0.81 m), while the centerboard-equipped version has a draft of 4.00 ft (1.22 m) with the centerboard extended and 7 in (18 cm) with it retracted, allowing operation in shallow water, beaching or ground transportation on a trailer.[1][3]

For sailing downwind the design may be equipped with a symmetrical spinnaker of 197 sq ft (18.3 m2). The design has a hull speed of 5.52 kn (10.22 km/h).[1][3]

As sold new, the boat does not come with sails, which are extra-cost options. Other options include a roller furling jib, boom vang, cockpit cover and a boat trailer for the centerboard version.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e McArthur, Bruce (2022). "Rhodes 18 sailboat". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 15 January 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  2. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2022). "Philip Rhodes". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e Sea Time Tech, LLC (2022). "Rhodes 18". sailboat.guide. Archived from the original on 15 January 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e Cape Cod Shipbuilding (2022). "Rhodes 18". capecodshipbuilding.com. Archived from the original on 15 January 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  5. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2021). "Cape Cod Shipbuilding". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  6. ^ Sea Time Tech, LLC (2022). "Cape Cod Shipbuilding". sailboat.guide. Archived from the original on 5 January 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  7. ^ Jones, Gregory O. (2001). "The American Sailboat". MBI Publishing Company LLC. Retrieved 15 January 2022.

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • Photo of a Rhodes 18 sailing with spinnaker