Philip L. Rhodes THUNDERHEAD

Rhodes “Thunderhead” Specifications:

LOA: 48’9″ / 14.85m
LWL: 37′ 00″ / 11.27m
Beam: 13′ 00″ / 3.96m
Draft: 5’6″ / 1.67m (Board up) 9′ 11″ / 3.02m (Centerboard down)
Displacement: 17 tons
Design Number: 720
Hull material: Wood construction
Rig: Masthead Cutter
Designer: Rhodes
Built by: Abeking and Rasmussen
Year Built: 1961
Original Owner: Paul Hoffmann, Larchmont Yacht Club
Current Owner: Steve Ross
Sail Area: 964 ft sq (1,489 sq. ft. of working sail area)
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:

1995, THUNDERHEAD was extensively upgraded by Rockport Marine


Thunderhead was designed to be about the same size and character as the well known Hother, more interior accommodations, more cockpit facilities, with 6″ more beam and 9″ more draft.

Built in Germany at Abeking and Rasmussen, with laminated white oak frames and African Mahogony double planked hull, as a masthead cutter with 964 sq ft sail area. The owner Paul Hoffman changed the height of the mast by 8′, 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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