Philip L. Rhodes “Curlew III”

Rhodes “Curlew III” Specifications:
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LOA: 97’7″ – LOD: – LWL: 72’6″ – Beam: 23’7″ – Designed Draft: 6’6″ (Tandem boards up) / 8’10” (Boards down) – Ballast: – Displacement: 112 Tons – Sail Area: 3.375 sq ft – Design Number: #663 – Hull material: Steel (4 watertight bulkheads) – Rig: Ketch – Designer: Rhodes, Cox & Stevens, Inc – Built by: Burger Boat Company, Manitowoc Wisconsin – Year Launched: November 18, 1957 – Restored By: – Current Name: – Original Owner: D.C. Ellwood, Houston TX – Contract Price: – Current Owner: – Sail Number: – Official Number: 275492

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Curlew III was the largest, at the time, steel sailing yacht built in the United States, during the postwar period. Originally her sails were made of dacron by G.W. Vallentine and Son, City Island, N.Y. and were the largest ever made of this material at the time.

Curlew III was built with tandem centerboards which allows her to achieve perfect balance under all sail combinations. With her mainmast towering 100 feet above deck, with 3,375 sq ft of sail, this heavy cruiser can really show a good turn of speed. In addition with sumptuous accommodations, and with a permanent cockpit shelter, Curlew III is in a class of her own.




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