This Rhodes 19 is a donation to the Maine Island Trail Assoc. all proceeds from the sale will benefit MITA and keeping the trail going!
The Rhodes 19 remains one of few classic sailboats still in production and with active fleets throughout the country (and overseas). Its continued popularity for either pleasure sailing or fleet racing is a tribute to its beautiful lines, stability and versatility under sail, affordability and maintainability, and the tradition of the social and familial events and activities that are found in the fleets. It will never be out of date.
The Rhodes 19 is perfect for the novice or experienced sailor, and can comfortably accommodate 3 or 4 persons. " Sail Magazine"
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"When WWII ended, the Allied Aviation Corporation of Cockeysville, Maryland was forced to convert its molded plywood production facilities from airplane fuselages to a product that could survive in a peacetime economy. In those pre-fiberglass days, a number of one-design sailboats such as International 14s’, Thistles and Jolly Boats used molded plywood as a hull material.
Accordingly, Allied commissioned Philip Rhodes, to draft the lines for a wholesome, inexpensive sailboat that was fun to sail. He responded with a nineteen foot, round bilged centerboarder, the Hurricane. It had a small forward deck, wooden spars and a sail plan much the same as the pre-war Lightning.
A Hurricane fleet formed at Greenwich Cove, Connecticut and competed in Larchmont Race Week for a few years. Unfortunately for Allied, no national interest in the Hurricane developed and after an initial flurry of orders, the company fell back to producing bare shells for buyers to finish as they saw fit.
In 1947, The Southern Massachusetts Yacht Racing Association (SMYRA) was searching for a sturdy boat to serve as junior trainer and club racer. Palmer Scott, an established New Bedford, Massachusetts small boat builder, purchased a number of Allied’s unfinished hulls and fitted them with keels, flotation and a redesigned deck with cuddy cabin. The resultant fast, unsinkable boat with aluminum spars was accepted.
Sporting a jaunty whale sail logo, new SMYRA class boats sold in 1948 for $1,695.00, complete with Ratsey sails. They became especially popular at Edgartown and other Martha’s Vineyard locations.
In the 1950s, fiberglass began to replace molded plywood for boat building. Marscot Plastics of southern Massachusetts established itself in the new industry and with Palmer Scott’s blessing, used a SMYRA hull to build a production mold. Subsequently, Marscot associated with American Boat Building of East Greenwich, Rhode Island and the George O’Day organization.
Before long, Marscot and American Boat Building moved on, leaving the SMYRA with O’Day’s company. In 1958, O’Day arranged with Philip Rhodes to use his name to identify the boat. In 1959, the O’Day Company changed the name to “Rhodes 19” and sold fifty of the new one-designs. At this time, they decided to offer centerboard as well as keel models. Over the years, centerboarders have flourished in shallow water areas such as Cape Cod, Nantucket and the New Jersey shore." ~ Fred Brehob Rhodes 19 Class Association
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