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Philip Rhodes 50 ft Cutter 1963



Philip Rhodes 50 ft Cutter 1963

Designer Philip L Rhodes
Builder W F Stone & Son
Date 1963
Length overall 50 ft 0 in / 15.24 m
Length deck 50 ft 0 in / 15.24 m
Length waterline 37 ft 0 in / 11.28 m
Beam 13 ft 0 in / 3.96 m
Draft 7 ft 10 in / 2.39 m
Displacement 16.3 Tonnes
Construction Carvel mahogany on oak
Engine Westerbeke 58 HP Diesel
Location USA
Price USD 149,500
Vat VAT Not Paid

These details are provisional and may be amended



A close sister to the highly regarded THUNDERHEAD – another Rhodes design built for famous ocean racer Paul Hoffman, ROWENA has a similar open plan interior and most notably husky sure -footed sailing qualities.

ROWENA was extremely well built by Lester Stone, California; mahogany planking and bronze fastened. She has over 100,000 ocean miles under her keel and proven to be a fast, safe and extremely comfortable cruising yacht.



VAT is unpaid on this yacht



William Stone, originally from Dartmouth, England, established a boatyard in the Hunter's Point area of San Francisco in 1853, where he specialised in building commercial schooners and tugboats as well as racing and recreational yachts. He was in business until 1892, when his son, Frank, took over, moving the company to Beach Street in Tiburon - a site now occupied by Sam's Anchor Cafe. Then, in 1899, Frank moved the operation again, to Harbor View in San Francisco. In 1911, he was evicted again and moved to a site at the foot of Diesel Way in Oakland, adjacent to the Union Diesel Engine Company. Frank's son Lester joined the business at this time and the name was changed to W F Stone & Son. Then, in 1923 Frank died and Lester became the sole proprietor. Following the entry of the United States into World War II and the subsequent expansion of Union Diesel, however, W F Stone & Son got evicted yet again and moved across the estuary to a location on Blanding Avenue Alameda. Lester Stone retired in 1970 and the yard was sold to John Whitset but continued to do business and be known as the Stone Boat Yard. It declared bankruptcy in 1986 was sold again; to Bill and Grace Bodle then again in 2000 to David Olson. The yard closed finally in 2004.

According to a record of the very substantial number of boats of every variety built by this company in its various locations ROWENA was built to the order of Donald Dalziel and launched in 1964 from the yard then at Blanding Avenue in Alameda.



- Carvel Honduras mahogany planking on oak frames and backbone, bronze fastened
- Fir deadwood and 13,000 lb external lead ballast keel
- White painted hull
- Oak floors
- Teak deck planking over ply sub deck – new 1997
- Teak and mahogany superstructure
- White painted interior with varnished trim
- Teak and holly cabin sole



From aft
- Pushpit with two stainless steel lifelines running fwd each side
- Mooring cleats each side on cap rail over transom
- Ensign staff socket
- Mushroom type vent
- Radar mast stepped on deck aft stbd
- High coamings capped with teak to cockpit extending fwd to open deck house
- Helmsman’s seat aft over lazarette in cockpit
- Large Destroyer style helm wheel set in binnacle with steering compass and nav repeaters
- Seating each side
- Cockpit folding table
- Engine controls stbd
- Chromed Barient secondary and primary sheet winches on pedestals outboard each side
- Sheet tail cleats on teak rail each side
- Circular drinks swivel table
- Bridge deck leading to aft companionway into saloon
- High Deck house section with side windows and screens fwd
- Stainless steel framed splash screen
- Teak handrails each side
- Trunk cabin extending forward below deck house
- Teak hand rails each side
- Dorade vents each side
- Teak hatch offset to port
- Companionway hatch to stbd
- Dorade vent fwd to port
- Keel stepped mast
- Teak gas bottle chest
- Dorade vents each side of teak skylight hatch in coach roof
- Port at fore end of trunk cabin
- Teak skylight forehatch
- Ideal electric windlass
- Bruce and Danforth anchors
- Anchor chain and 225 ft rodes
- Mooring cleats
- Pulpit
- Bow rollers



Accommodation for 6 from aft
- From cockpit sliding hatch fwd or midship hatch and companionway steps down to saloon aft
- Cushioned seating aft forming U shape to sides
- Cushioned settee berths each side
- Quarter berths outboard each side
- Large locker to port
- Large chart table and nav area fwd to port with pilot’s seat
- Large chest of drawers fwd
- Semi spiral companionway steps up to stbd

Large galley to stbd
- Gimballed Luke 3 burner hob and oven
- Stowage under and to sides
- Stainless steel icebox with Technautics refrigeration
- Stainless steel sink and pressure mixer tap
- Stowage under
- Lifting work surface counter fwd and inboard by sink
- Hanging lockers and drawers
- Dickinson oil fired cabin heater fwd to port against bulkhead

Head compartment
- WC, Wash basin and stowage
- Fwd to double cabin

Master cabin
- Double berth over locker and drawer stowage to port
- Large locker to stbd
- Portlights to sides and fwd and electric lights
- Shelving forward
- Banquette to stbd
- Skylight over
- Doorway access to focsle rode locker and sail stowage fwd
- Returning aft to companionway stairs exit and or saloon



Masthead cutter rig (c 62 ft above WL)
- Varnished Sitka spruce keel stepped mast and spars
- Stainless steel standing rigging, swaged terminals and turnbuckles new in 2013
- Profurl roller furler
- Manual backstay adjuster
- Barient halyard winches

Sails mainly by Sutter

- Roller furling Genoa and Yankee
- Mainsail
- 2 x Hanked jibs
- Drifter jib (North Sails)
- Staysail
- Spinnaker

- Dodger cockpit awning
- Bimini
- Boat covers



- Westerbeke 58 HP 4 cyl fresh water cooled Diesel engine
- 12 V electrical system
- 3 x 12 V batteries
- 130 A engine driven alternator
- Main circuit breaker panel and master switch
- Shore power
- Stat power charger
- Polarity indicator
- Ample power battery condition indicator
- 100 gallon / c 380 litre fuel
- 100 gallon c 380 litre water
- Wash down system fore and aft



- IC-M424 VHF radio with Ditital selective calling and remote full function mike/speaker
- Simrad FC40 Fluxgate compass
- Simrad NSS12 Row 12.1 inch Touch screen MFD
- Simrad NSS7 Row 6.4 inch Touch screen MFD
- Simrad 4G broadband radar
- Simrad B744-VL Echo sounder
- Simrad IS20 wind system
- Simrad Sonic Hub marine audio system



- Coast guard approved PFDs



2013 Extensive refit at KKMI included
- Hull inspected, sanded
- Covering boards reamed out and re seamed with Sikaflex
- 2 Coats primer and sprayed finish coat to topsides
- Teak decks serviced and re conditioned with some light sanding
- Plumbing and all hoses and clamps inspected, serviced and or replaced
- Thru valves inspected and serviced / replaced where necessary
- Exhaust system serviced
- New canister
- Elbows serviced
- Engine serviced
- Propellor pulled and serviced with new bearing, shaft, gland and re aligned to engine
- Steering cables, chain and pedestal serviced
- Refrigeration plumbing serviced
- Windlass, removed, serviced and replaced
- Mast pulled, inspected, disassembled, wherever work required it was done
- Mast rewired, sanded and re finished
- Furling system, and standing rigging inspected, serviced and replaced where necessary


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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