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Rhodes 22 Keel/Centerboard, 1984, Friendship, Maine, $6,500, SOLD 7/4/12

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Rhodes 22 Keel/Centerboard, 1984

  • LOA: 22'0"
  • LWL 20' 0"
  • Beam 8' 0
  • Draft: Board up: 20", Board Down 4'6"
  • Displacement: 2,900 lbs.
  • Pop Top up Cabin standing room: 6'5"
  • Boom length 9'6"
  • Number of Stays: 9
  • 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 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

    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
  • New windex
  • 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


  • Re-bed rubrail
  • Epoxy coat on CB trunk
  • New anchor
  • 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
  • Re-bed forward ports


  • Re-bed chain plates
  • New cowl
  • Seal cowl thru deck opening with epoxy
  • Replace interior pegboard
  • Re-bed bow eye loop
  • Replace companionway kick plate
  • New group 27 deep cycle battery
  • Trailer - replace axle, all lights, nylon strap, chains & hooks


  • 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.

    Friendship, Maine

    Just wanted to let you know that my boat (listing Rhodes22113) sold yesterday, July 3

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