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Friday, 25 February 2011

Rhodes 33 Madness

In 1938 the South Coast boatyard in Newport Beach, California introduced the Rhodes 33, one of several narrow racing boats with deep cockpits designed by Phillip Rhodes. Features included a drop in outboard well, a two burner stove and head. Twenty Rhodes 33’s were sold before WWII and while domestic production was superseded by military during the war, twenty two more were launched immediately after.

The Rhodes racing class faced off in numerous organized challenges over the years off the coast of southern California, USA.

"This photo of the Rhodes 33 fleet off the jetty in Newport CA was taken and developed by my father in the 1950's. He had his own lab in our home. It was probably taken with his Leica with black and white film."
Byron Grams

In recent years there has been an effort to revitalize the Rhodes 33 class of racing yachts in southern California, led by Ralph Rodheim who owns the beautifully restored Madness.

Who could blame Ralph for submitting Madness as his favorite boat?


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