The Boat & Designer

Philip L. Rhodes 77
The Beautiful Rhodes 77

Philip Leonard Rhodes (1895–1974) was a naval architect known for his diverse yacht designs. He designed a wide variety of vessels from 123′ motor-sailors to 7′ dinghies, from hydrofoil racers to giant motor yachts. His work also included commercial and military vessels such as minesweepers and police boats. His clients ranged from Rockefellers to Sears & Roebuck. His 12 Meter class Weatherly (USA-17) won the America’s Cup in 1962.


  • Hull type, Keel/Cbrd.
  • LOA 23.52 m (77.16′). Beam 5.79m (19′), Draft 3.4m (11′) board down 6’6″ board up
  • Gross registered tonnage 76
  • Hull & Deck structure construction in aluminum with five watertight compartments & collision bulkheads
  • Rig Type:  Staysail Ketch, Cutter rig
  • 3306 b Caterpillar main diesel engine
  • Northern Lights 20 kw Generator provides us with 110 volts while at sea. Model #M854B – 20N Serial #8542-5091
  • Berthing: 10  2 single pipe berths, 4 double berths, one mid ships shower, one 3 x 4 aft master cabin shower
  • Imtra Blade PowerLED, 10 – 40 VDC, brushed SS lights
  • 600 watts solar and 400 watts of wind turbine renewable power coupled with over 1,500A main battery storage capacity
  • Spectra Farrallon 75gph water maker
  • 1750 gallons Diesel, 875 gallons water capacity
  • Furuno NAVNET 3D main processors running MaxSea Time Zero navigation software
  • Maxwell VW3500 windlass with two anchors
  • Nixon ?
  • Hood SeaFurler, Hood Main and Mizzen furling gear.
  • Furuno instruments, autopilot and Interphase forward-looking sonar
  • SEA Communications SSB Radio
  • ICOM HF radio
  • Two independent Iridium base phones with XGate email and software
  • Large awning for sun protection at anchor or in port
  • Twin reverse cycle heat/ air conditioning units to climate control below decks





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