[Rhodes22-list] New Rhodes owners in Omaha

Larry Gioia lgioia at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 21 00:39:37 EST 2021

Dave, Paula,
Congrats on the boat and on joining an incredibly positive, welcoming, & knowledgeable email list. In a world of politics & covid, it’s nice to be part of a community of fun people who share sailing stories, how-to tips, & maintenance projects.     
I also have an ‘86 here in Tampa & a ‘14 in upstate NY.  If Peter, Roger, & others on this list looked over my ‘86 they’d quickly have a long list of items that need doing but it sails just fine on a small lake here - someday I’ll get to those items. 
Before the 2 Rhodes I also had one of Jopie Helsen’s sailboats - it was a Montego 19. Loved it but no roller-furling jib & no inner-furling main, significant time-savers as  I often only have an hour or 2 to sail. I had lunch with Jopie in St Pete back in 2012 or so - what a great guy. His dad & uncles were wooden-boat builders in the Netherlands (Flying Dutchman I think), but Jopie saw that fiberglass was the future after coming to the US in the 60s, and made it happen. 
A pic from last Saturday afternoon on my ‘86 is below, I know we all agree this is what it’s all about. 
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> On Dec 20, 2021, at 7:41 PM, Jesse Shumaker <jesse.laten.shumaker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Welcome Dave, looking forward to seeing your R22 in the water at Lake
> Manawa in the spring!
>> On Mon, Dec 20, 2021, 7:35 PM Tom Van Heule <
>> tom.vanheule at intrinsicprograms.com> wrote:
>> Welcome Dave!
>> On Mon, Dec 20, 2021, 4:12 PM Chris Geankoplis <chrisgeankoplis at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Welcome to the list. You will love your boat!  Lots of fun planning over
>>> the winter.
>>> Chris Geankoplis
>>> Enosis/Xenos
>>> On Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 10:43 AM Peter Nyberg <peter at sunnybeeches.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Dave,
>>>> Congratulations on your new boat (and your excellent taste in boats),
>> and
>>>> welcome to the list.
>>>> Peter Nyberg
>>>> Coventry, CT
>>>> s/v Silverheels (1988/2016)
>>>>> On 2021-12-20, at 00:40:12 EST, dlwelchne at yahoo.com wrote:
>>>>> All,
>>>>> What a pleasure to join this group. We are members with Jesse &
>>>> Corrie
>>>>> Shumaker of the Lake Manawa Sailing Association in Iowa.
>>>>> When I picked up my first very used cruiser (Helsen 20), Lake Manawa
>>>> folklore
>>>>> was that you shouldn’t drop anchor. Yet the Iowa DNR manual and DNR
>>>> staff
>>>>> affirmed you could. So I replaced the anchor light, got the boat
>>>> equipped, and
>>>>> started anchoring out. (bit.ly/dropping_anchor_deck) Others
>> followed.
>>>>> Paula and I were were impressed with Jesse’s Rhodes 22 research and
>>>> thought why
>>>>> bother reinventing the wheel? My wife is into the furling jib and
>> main.
>>>> As for
>>>>> me, a little dry ice, a massive lazarette, an outboard with an
>>>> alternator, and
>>>>> my professional work that can be done entirely remotely. The
>>> imagination
>>>> runs
>>>>> wild.
>>>>> My first mistake was telling Jesse in the fall that we had decided to
>>>> upgrade to
>>>>> the Rhodes in the 2022 sailing season. A couple weeks after that Ken
>>> and
>>>> Ruth
>>>>> Bates—Portage, Michigan—put their 1986 Rhodes on the market, Jesse
>>>> alerted me (I
>>>>> probably don’t need to tell you the guy’s a trouble maker). I
>>>> immediately got on
>>>>> the phone with the Bates, and was on the road within hours for the 2K
>>>> round trip
>>>>> drive. I came back with the boat and new friends.
>>>>> Of course our 250K Honda Oddysey was short 1K towing weight for a
>>> loaded
>>>> Rhodes
>>>>> & trailer. So my wife is now driving a loaded one owner Toyota
>>>> Highlander
>>>>> with 50K miles. That was the first of the presents we’ll be giving
>> the
>>>> boat all
>>>>> winter and by far the most expensive.
>>>>> Merry Christmas to you all.
>>>>> Dave - s/v <a href="
>> http://rhodes22.org/mailman/listinfo/rhodes22-list
>>> ">Knot
>>>> at
>>>>> Work</a> (to be renamed)

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