Philip L. Rhodes “Thunderhead”

Rhodes “Thunderhead” Specifications:

LOA: 48’9″ * LOD: * LWL: 37′ 00″ * Beam: 13′ 00″ * Draft: 5’6″ (Board up) 9′ 11″ (Centerboard down) * Ballast: * Displacement: * Sail Area: 964 ft sq * Yard Number: * Hull material: Wood construction * Rig: Masthead Cutter * Designer: Rhodes * Built by: Abeking and Rasmussen * Year Built: 1961 * Restored By: * Current Name: * Original Owner: Paul Hoffmann * Contract Price: * Current Owner: * Sail Number:

Known Racing History:

1968 – Storm Trysail Ocean Racing Trophy – First Overall
1968 – Stamford Ocean Racing Trophy – First Overall
1968 – De Coursey Fales Trophy – First Overall
1966 – Edlu Trophy Race – First Overall
1966 – Port Washington Two-Day Race – First Overall
1966 – Vineyard Race – First in Class
1966 – City Island Day Race – First Overall

Known Restoration History:


A masthead cutter rig with 964 sq ft sail area, later Hoffman changed the height of the mast to 8′ taller, and at the time was not endorsed by the Rhodes Design office, or recommended. One year later the Rhodes office congratulated Hoffman on his decision, and admitted that the taller mast had been extremely effective.


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  1. barney

    I always thought Thunderhead was an extraordinary yacht.

    • admin

      Indeed…and the beautiful harbor that she calls home, cared for by the finest craftsman around…Rockport Marine

  2. Cynthia

    Just as a point the original owner’s last name is spelt Hoffmann

    • admin

      Thanks Cynthia….

      The stories, racing histories, and specification details of these magnificent craft are important to the overall valuation of each yachts role in history, thank you for your historical contribution.

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