An Original Framed 1949 Plan For A 32′ Ketch By Philip Rhodes Of NY.



Circa: 1949

Height: 28"

Width: 33"

Period: 20th century

Location: USA

An original 1949 design for a 32′ Ketch by Philip Rhodes. Philip Rhodes was one of the best know naval designers of the mid 20th century. Rhodes designed a wide variety of vessels from 7′ dinghies to 123′ motor-sailors, from hydrofoil racers to America’s Cup winners with his 12 Meter class Weatherly (USA-17) winning the 1962 defense. His work also included large motor yachts, commercial and military vessels such as minesweepers and police boats. His clients ranged from Rockefellers to Sears & Roebuck.
Rhodes was born in 1895 in Thurman, Ohio. He attended MIT, graduating in 1918 in naval architecture and marine engineering. Rhodes joined the design firm of Cox & Stevens in 1934, becoming head naval architect there after the death of lead designer Bruno Tornroth in 1935. In 1946, the firm of Philip L. Rhodes succeeded Cox & Stevens Inc. It closed in 1974 following Rhodes’s death.
Rhodes was one of the pioneers in the transition to fiberglass construction. The Bounty II for Coleman Plastics and Aeromarine in 1956 became one of the earliest yachts built of fiberglass, and established the viability of the new material for larger production boats.

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