[Rhodes22-list] FW: Miami Report

John Shulick jsbudda at verizon.net
Mon Feb 20 17:49:18 EST 2012


 10,000 lbs isn't that much for towing. my father in law towed a 10,000 lb
RV with a 5th wheel for 20 yrs to Florida and back to Pgh. and had few
problems. He stopped at age  81 because his wife is to ill to travel any
more not because of the trailer. A GMC 2500 series with the right set up
could tow that easily.
You could pull over in a truck stop climb up a ladder into the boat pull the
ladder up and stay the night comfortably. AT 10' 6" beam you might need
those "wide load" signs but that is it. My concern would be cranking up that
telephone pole of a mast, but again you just need the proper tools. As for
launching and recovering a boat is a boat, get it centered on the trailer
right and it's no big deal. I will admit it looks huge out of the water. But
so did the Rhodes the first time I towed it. I found these picts.

John S 

Cover-man wrote:
> Bob,
> You took the words out of my mouth...
> Imagine the tow vehicle to pull that beast, now with a big sister
> "towable".   Did they do demo sails?  There is the goal, is it really fun
> to sail?  Your reports from the show sure lend credence to our Rhodes!
> Art
> Have a nice day!
> On Feb 20, 2012, at 9:30 AM, Bob Keller <r22yankeeclipper at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>> John,Yes, we looked at that boat as well and it is very nice.  I don't
>> really consider that to be a trailerable boat...BK
>>> Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 18:32:16 -0800
>>> From: jsbudda at verizon.net
>>> To: rhodes22-list at rhodes22.org
>>> Subject: Re: [Rhodes22-list] FW:  Miami Report
>>> Bob,
>>> Did you happen to see a Seaward 32rk when you were there? Those look
>>> very
>>> roomy and are still trailer able. 
>>> John S 
>>> Bob Keller wrote:
>>>> All,
>>>> The Miami Boat Show was a great time.  Long drive though - 8 hrs down
>>>> and
>>>> 7 hrs back.  Went primarily to look at the Seaward 26RK to see one in
>>>> person.  It is a very impressive boat - see some pictures attached that
>>>> I
>>>> took.  I was trying to see if that would be a good step up to a boat
>>>> that
>>>> would still be trailerable but one that my wife and I could spend more
>>>> time on - maybe a month or two at a time.  The retractable keel design
>>>> looks very sturdy and I expect that it would be very seaworthy, more
>>>> ocean-going and would point very well.  My conclusion after seeing the
>>>> boat and learning almost everything there is to know about it (without
>>>> sailing it of course) is that I am not going to go in that direction. 
>>>> Here are my opinions that led me to this conclusion:
>>>> It is not a major step up from the R-22 in terms of liveability.  No
>>>> standing headroom, galley is mediocre at best, minimal storage space in
>>>> the galley, real lack of storage in terms of keeping clothes on board
>>>> for
>>>> extended stays (no hanging locker etc).  Overall, the salon felt very
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