|Boat weight||1,325 lb (601 kg)|
|Draft||3.25 ft (0.99 m)|
|LOA||19.16 ft (5.84 m)|
|LWL||17.75 ft (5.41 m)|
|Beam||7.00 ft (2.13 m)|
|Keel/board type||fin keel|
|Ballast||428 lb (194 kg)|
|Rig type||Bermuda rig|
|I foretriangle height||15.00 ft (4.57 m)|
|J foretriangle base||6.50 ft (1.98 m)|
|P mainsail luff||24.00 ft (7.32 m)|
|E mainsail foot||9.88 ft (3.01 m)|
|Sailplan||fractional rigged sloop|
|Mainsail area||118.56 sq ft (11.015 m2)|
|Jib/genoa area||48.75 sq ft (4.529 m2)|
|Total sail area||167.31 sq ft (15.544 m2)|
The Rhodes 19 traces its linage to the 1945 Hurricane 19 sailboat design. The Hurricane 19 was constructed of moulded plywood, had an open cockpit and was initially built by the Allied Aviation Corporation. Another boat builder, Palmer Scott, purchased some incomplete Hurricane hulls and modified them with a foredeck, a cuddy cabin and a fixed keel, marketing the resultant boat as the Smyrna. Marscot Plastics used one of the wooden Smyrnas as a plug to build a mold from and created a fiberglass version, which became the Rhodes 19.
The Rhodes 19 is a recreational sailboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wood trim. It has a fractional sloop rig with aluminum spars, including an optional tapered mast. The hull has a raked stem, a plumb transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a fixed fin keel or centerboard.
The boat has an active class club, the Rhodes 19 Class Association, that organizes racing.
In a 1994 review Richard Sherwood wrote, "a Sail magazine “breakthrough boat” with tremendous influence upon sailing, the Rhodes 19 is the first popular day sailer. Centerboard and keel versions are available, with the former found mostly on lakes and the latter in coastal waters ... The 19 is actively raced."
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