WINNER – 2016 Peoples’ Choice Awards
Best Sailboat Under 45′
Owners: Ralph Rodheim, Bob King, Bill Jacoby
City: Newport Beach
Boat Name: MADDNESS
Make: South Coast Boat Building Co.
Length Overall: 33 ft.
Model: Rhodes 33
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 Twenty Rhodes 33s were sold before WWII and while domestic production was superseded by the military during the war, twenty two more were launched immediately afterwards.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.
There is now a Rhodes 33 organization and website at:
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.
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.