(949) 673-3515 x 135 | June 12, 2021


WINNER – 2016 Show Awards
Best of Show – Rodheim Perpetual Award

Chubasco is one of the few pedigree wooden classic sailing yachts remaining on the West Coast; a familiar sight in the same slip at Ardell Marina in Newport for over 50 years.  This Sparkman and Stephens yawl is a direct descendent of Dorade, Stormy Weather, and Santana. At 67 feet, she is considerably larger than her earlier sister ships. Built in 1939 by Wilmington Boat Works for the CEO of Union Oil Co., this exceptionally maintained yacht has enjoyed the finest care and a continuous maintenance and refit program.  Over the years, virtually every structural and mechanical component has undergone rebuild, refit or replacement. Care has been taken to maintain her as original.

Owner: OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship




WINNER – 2016 Show Awards
Best Powerboat


[ezcol_1half]Boat COMOCEAN




[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Year 1953


Length 33’




ComOcean is a Chris Craft El Capitan. The boat was manufactured in the spring of 1953, for the Chris Craft marketing department to tour the boat at summer shows in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. The hull is 33 feet, beam 10 feet six inches, draft of 2 feet 8 inches. Power is provided by twin inboard Marine Power 5.7 gas engines through Velvet Drive transmissions. When originally finished, the hull was in black and the cabin house top was aquamarine. She was featured in the promotional brochures and flyers of 1953/54 marketing season in these colors, speeding at 31 miles per hour. In November of 1953, the boat was shipped to R.E. Olson, a dealer for Chris Craft in the California Delta area. Future owners transported the boat to Huntington Beach where she has been for the last 18 years. She was placed in a building in 1994 for a two-year reconstruction of the structural hull, new mechanical systems and repower, and all new finish materials for a complete refit. The colors were changed to a white hull and camel tan house, also vintage correct in scheme.



WINNER – 2016 Show Awards
Best Sailboat

Sumatra is one of six Lapworth 50’s designed by Bill Lapworth and built by Cheoy Lee Shipyard in 1961.   Her hull is strip planked mahogany over hardwood frames.  In 1963 LA architect Albert Martin purchased Sumatra and replaced her canoe stern with a reverse transom to extend her water line.   For 20 years, she raced under the Los Angeles Yacht Club burgee, did six Transpac races, a Tahiti race and over 30 Mexico races.   Her current owners purchased her in 2003, completely restoring and modernizing her with new electrical systems, sails, rigging, instrumentation, and a new Yanmar diesel.  Her interior was completely reworked and she maintains her original style.   Sumatra is owned by three avid sailors and wooden boat enthusiasts and races and cruises. 

Owners: Will Durant & John Carpenter


‘S Wonderful

‘S Wonderful

WINNER – 2016 Show Awards
Best On-Land Powerboat

[ezcol_1half]Boat ‘S WONDERFUL




[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Year 1939

Length 19’



S Wonderful

‘S Wonderful has been in many Antique and Classic Boat Society {ACBS) shows.



WINNER – 2016 Peoples’ Choice Awards
Best Sailboat Under 45′

Owners: Ralph Rodheim, Bob King, Bill Jacoby

City: Newport Beach


Make: South Coast Boat Building Co.

Length Overall: 33 ft.

State: CA

Model: Rhodes 33

Year: 1948


In 1938 the South Coast Boat Building Company in Newport Beach introduced the Rhodes 33, one of several narrow racing boats with deep cockpits designed by Phillip Rhodes. They were

originally designed for class racing in Southern California, where there were 20-30 mile races to offshore islands. The Rhodes 33 also caught on in San Francisco Bay. In 1952 in the Hearst Regatta, there were seven Rhodes 33s racing as a class.  Hull 341 Rhodes has a deep cockpit. Features included a drop in outboard well, a two burner stove and head. Twenty Rhodes 33s were sold before WWII and while domestic production was superseded by the military during the war, twenty two more were launched immediately afterwards. Madness was built in 1948 and was the last Rhodes built. Gavin Herbert owned and raced her for over 40 years until Ralph Rodheim, Bob King and Bill Jacoby bought her in 2006, They began a total restoration project. Today she is actively sailed and raced with the hopes of revitalizing the Rhodes 33 class of racing yachts in southern California (http:www.rhodes33.com organization website).

The Rhodes 33 was originally designed in 1938 for class racing in Southern California, where there were 20-30 mile races to offshore islands.  These events required boats that could accommodate a crew overnight and that were weatherly and reasonably able, for the races were in open waters and often upwind.

The Rhodes 33 also caught on in San Francisco Bay.  In 1952 in the Hearst Regatta, there were seven Rhodes 33s racing as a class.

The Rhodes 33  has a deep cockpit, but not self-bailing, and there is no bridgedeck or high companionway sill.  The rig did not include forward lower shrouds, making tacking easier but leaving the rig less robust.  Auxiliary power is supplied by an outboard fitting through a well in the counter.  The 33s were built by the South Coast Boat Building Company in Newport Beach CA.

maddnessThere is now a Rhodes 33 organization and website at:

South Coast Boat Building Company 1945 brochure

The Rhodes 33 is one of a cluster of narrow racing boats Rhodes designed during this period.  Other boats in this series include the 34′ Lake One Design, (Lake Erie-Ontario), the 36′Evergreen (Pacific Northwest), and the 35′ Eastern Interclub (Connecticut).

The boat pictured is hull #41.  She has been lovingly restored and re-launched in August 2006 in California.
Her owner is interested in rebuilding a class association.  Contact  Ralph.

From Jim:
I am restoring #34 Therapy (ex. Witch)  in San Diego together with Ralph and a few others  We are trying to collect all the information on the surviving boats we can.  Please contact Ralph (above) or me at ( jamesdreyer”at”hotmail.com ) with any information you have about these wonderful classics.

“Pretty Ol’Boat”

“Pretty Ol’Boat”

WINNER – 2016 Peoples’ Choice Awards
Best On-land Powerboat

First Name: Dave

City: Norco


Manufacturer: Custom built

Length Overall: 19 ft.

Last Name: Williams

State: CA

Model: Fantail Launch

Year: 1988

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