Pretty masthead sloop by Philip Rhodes

Phillip Rhodes Sailboats

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

24' 9" 24' 9" 17' 6" 3' 3" 30' 3"

outboard or inboard 6 to 10 hp 52%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Philip L. Rhodes

Seafarer F'Glass Yachts

1961-1967?

portable

24 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 7,500 lbs.

The first Meridians were imported from De Vries Lentsch, a well established Dutch yard. Later they were built at the Seafarer plant in Huntington, NY, on Long Island. Like many boats from the board of Philip Rhodes, she is pretty to look at, but because of her relatively narrow beam, slack bilges, and shallow ballast location, she is also relatively tender in a breeze, has a tendency to hobbyhorse in a chop, and has little elbow room below. Best features: The large windows in her doghouse help to allay any crew claustrophobia despite the narrow confines of the cabin. Worst features: The optional Kermath 10 hp Sea Twin inboard was mounted so low in the bilge that servicing (especially oil change) was extra difficult, and any casual bilge water that collects can corrode the crankcase and engine block. Also, the icebox sits immediately above the engine. As a consequence, despite three inches of insulation, the icebox's efficiency is badly compromised.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Capri 26 (24)

23' 8"

9' 10"

3' 5"

5,100

1,750

Cape Dory 25D (Mk II)

25' 0"

8' 0"

3' 6"

5,120

2,050

Rhodes Meridian 25

24' 9"

7' 0"

3' 3"

5,310

2,750

Contessa 26

25' 5.5"

1 7' 6"

4' 0"

5,400

2,300

Ericson 25 Mk I

24' 8"

8' 0"

2' 0"

5,400

2,500

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

15.9

189

210

6.4

15.6

641

4

6' 1"

16.4

333

255

5.8

23.7

472

4

5' 11"

13.4

442

252

5.6

31.0

363

4

5' 8"

15.8

260

246

6.1

24.8

447

4

5' 0"

13.8

267

234

6.1

23.4

457

4

5' 6"

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