Ballast: 650 lbs (External, lead encased in fiberglass)
Sail Area: Innermast furling Main, 110 Sq. ft.
150% furling Genoa: 160 sq. ft. (approx.)
Floatation: Molded foam under forward bunks and cockpit
Self-bailing: Separate seat & floor drain systems, 3 outlets
Chain Plates: 9 s/s thru bolted
Cockpit: 7'4" long, nearly 8" wide
This package includes a well-found and maintained Phil Rhodes-designed boat. It has a perfectly sized 8 hp, 55 lb. Nissan long-shaft outboard on a manual General Boats-designed engine bracket. Also included is a Garmin 198c Chartplotter/Sounder with all US coastal charts pre-loaded and a VHF radio. Interior cabin cushions are royal blue. Cockpit cushions are medium grey. Porta-potty behind curtain in semi-enclosed head. Includes General Boats mast raising system.
The custom-designed Triad trailer was overhauled in 2011. Springs and bearings were replaced, and new fenders were welded on.
Practical Sailor's extensive review of the Rhodes 22 (available from their web site), includes the following observations:
"We invited owners of Rhodes 22s to comment on its design, construction, quality of workmanship, performance and customer service from the factory. We received a greater response, and a more uniformly enthusiastic response, than we've had to any similar request in recent years. Impressive. When we got an opportunity to take one out and put it through its paces, we gained some insight into just what prompted all this loyalty."
"The Rhodes 22 is a trailerable cruiser for a couple that wants the amenities of a larger boat without putting up with the hassles and expenses of a larger boat. It has a fairly long water-line - 20". Overhangs are minimal. The flare provides a few notable advantages: The compound curvature stiffens the hull, provides a hiking seat to reduce heeling, helps deflect spray and provides some extra buoyancy when the boat is heeled over, helping to prevent capsize."
"We took the Rhodes 22 out on a breezy day - 18-20 knots, with a 1' - 3' chop. Getting underway was as easy as advertised. We started out with the full 175% genoa and full main. The boat is initially tender but stiffens up quickly as it heels. The flared gunwales make hiking-out easy (and not particularly demanding athletically). We tried sailing under jib alone, which worked fine, with no problems tacking."
"The Rhodes 22 is an easy boat to sail with enough basic adjustments to satisfy most sailors, though we do wish for a boom vang. Controls are very well laid out for sailing from just about anywhere in the cockpit. We found the Rhodes 22 to be a lively-feeling boat that's fun to sail. As a cruiser for two, it's hard to beat without going up considerably in size and price. The reports we've received from readers are almost universally enthusiastic."
There is an active owners discussion group that can be accessed at Rhodes22.org. The boat is still manufactured, and older boats can be updated, by General Boats in Edonton, NC. Extensive information about the boat can be found at Rhodes22.com.
Work done on Orion:
New boom slider
New 150 genoa made by Kappa Sails, Westbrook, CT
New CDI FF2 roller furler
Added interior and cockpit 12 volt power receptacles
New jam horn cleats on boom to tie off outhaul & furling line
Tie down for fuel tank
Garhauer low lead genoa blocks
New jam cleats for genoa sheet
New backstays & traveler bar
New VHF coax cable
New pop top slider
Re-bed cabin side ports
Backing plate on bow cleat
Re-bed bow chocks
New porta potty
Replace genoa sheet
New main sail with 2 vertical battens - made by Kappa Sails
New 4 circuit fuse panel
New mahogany hatch sliders
Re-bed table socket in cockpit floor
Epoxy coat on CB trunk
Replace wire going to steaming light
Run VHF wire & steaming light wire through foam pipe insulation
Install thru-hull for fuel line to outboard
Install tiller tamer
New Nissan 8 hp long shaft 2 stroke
Rebuilt outboard motor lift
Replaced cleat & mounting block for outboard lift control line
New General Boats mast raising system including aluminum mast crutch, mast crane and chain extenders
Made front mast fitting to attach the base of the mast to the bow rails for trailering and winter storage.
New Garmin GPS 198c chartplotter/sounder. System includes all U.S. Coastal charts. It shows speed over water, position, depth, and a representation of the ocean floor. Transducer is epoxied under the cabin floor starboard of the center board/keel trunk. This works great without mounting on the stern, or creating a needless through-hull.
Overhauled Triad trailer. New springs, bearings, fenders.
Just wanted to let you know that my boat (listing Rhodes22113) sold yesterday, July 3