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


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 Twenty Rhodes 33s were sold before WWII and while domestic production was superseded by the military during the war, twenty two more were launched immediately afterwards.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.



[ezcol_1half]Boat VALENTINE


Model K-43 – Preserved


[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Year 1964

Length 43’






[ezcol_1half]Boat SPARTAN

Make RHODES 29



[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Year 1955

Model DESIGN 632

Length 42’3”



Spartan 2Spartan is a classic Phillip Rhodes design cutter, 1955 design #632. Built in 1960 in San Francisco for San Francisco Bay, Tom Zettlemaier offers a cruise along the Orange County coast line or an open ocean sail. He also offers match racing for corporate team building aboard Whisper a sister-ship to CYE’s Spartan.

The Rhodes 29 (design #632) is an adaptation of the Rhodes 27, a classic and characteristic narrow hull design and full keel. The first boat of this 1955 design was Altair. About 1 lf these boats were built. In addition, a centerboard version of this boat was designed (design #633), with the same overall and waterline length, but with a beam of 11’3” and a draft of 4’’7”. At least 8 were built. Some were rigged as sloops, others as yawls, both mast head and fractional foretrianges.



[ezcol_1half]Name ANTARES


Length 40’


[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Year 1961

Model K-40



IMG_4534The 1961 Kettenburg K-40 Antares is owned by Steve Guilford, Commodore of the Wooden Hull Yacht Club. He purchased #32 from a high school friend. He didn’t mean to do it. He knew little about sailing, but wasn’t one to shy away from an intriguing challenge, With the help of friends and family, Guilford quickly learned how to sail and became an advocate for wooden boats. In 2006, Antares underwent a major refit, getting new sails and rigging.

As might be expected, a significant amount of hull work was undertaken as well.  He is most appreciative of the contributions of Fred Huffman (rigging), Oliver McCann (UK Halsey Sails), Mark Shutts (Shutt’s Fabrication), and Arturo Oliva (windward Yacht Center). Antares is a competitive boat. Her recent race record at the McNish Classic, Oxnard, California, is: First Place Sloop B in 2010 and 2011; Second Place Sloop A in 2012; and first place Sloop A in 2013.