Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter 64' Progresses Both in Design and Reality

The Winter 64' is progressing nicely.  Her hull is getting turned today (New Year's Eve!) and we have been working diligently on refining and detailing her exterior styling and interior layout.  All details are being drawn in 3D to ensure quality and fit.  Hope all have a Happy New Year!!  RYD is excited about 2011 and foresees a bright future!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Freeman 33' Write-up in Saltwater Sportsman

Rhodes Yacht Design works with Billy Freeman, of Freeman Boatworks, on hull and layout design.  RYD also creates computerized cut foam plugs for Freeman's interior parts. 

Winter 29' featured in Big Game Fishing Journal


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter 64' featured in Marlin Magazine

Winter 64 and Rhodes Yacht Design were featured in the October 2010 issue of Marlin Magazine (p. 26).

  "To meet the needs of a crew on the go, Winter and naval architect Jesse Rhodes considered all live-aboard contingencies from food and trash storage to fishing in a wide range of conditions.".....

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Going Retro! A sleek 27' Express

Working with Winter Yachts on an express layout for our 27' Hull No. 2.  She will have a single engine, great visibility and a comfortable fwd. interior.  A great layout and a manageable boat.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

16'-6" Lowcountry Skiff

Working locally with Theo Jourdan, we are developing a lightweight flats skiff that is easily powered and versatile in application.  Check out images below.

Introducing the Winter 23' and 29'

Rhodes Yacht Design and Winter Yachts are proud to introduce the Winter 23' and Tarpon 29'.  The 23' was built by Taylor Willis for his own use, and the 29' is headed down to Texas.  

The 29' was built specifically for
nearshore tarpon fishing.
She tops out at 33 mph and
is powered with a single 425 hp
Crusader inboard.  We are
excited to see her tournament

Powered with a 300 hp Evinrude 
                E-Tech, the 23' tops out at 55 mph 
and is a smooth ride at all speeds. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spring Fishing in the Lowcountry

Spring sportfishing is in full swing!  We took out the Hightower Construction crew on the Hightower 62'.  It was a calm cool day.  We hooked up with some dolphin, pulled some big baits for Marlin and had an enjoyable time.
Check out video below, which shows Hightower 62' running in and out of Charleston Harbor.
Since the new steeple we built is so close to the waterfront, it was a unique experience seeing the steeple on the horizon while entering the harbor.

Hightower Boatworks 62' Fishing Footage

Sunday, April 18, 2010

64' Progress

The W64' Hull Design has been completed and the jig is assembled.  Once Rhodes Yacht Design completes the 3-d Hull Design, the model is taken to 2-d and a framework (or "jig") is created in AutoCAD.  The jig is cut from plywood with our in-house CNC machine.  Essentially, the hull jig assembles like a big puzzle.
We are all excited about the construction commencement of this vessel.  Though, currently, all specifications of this Rhodes Design are confidential, we can say that this 64' is designed for long range travel and low fuel consumption.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Visit with Winter Yachts

This week, Winter Yachts and Rhodes Yacht Design got together to discuss various projects.  The main goal was developing the Winter 64, whose construction will start in April.  In addition, RYD brought load cells to Tim's shop in order to weigh the Tarpon 29', which is under construction.  Through weighing the 29', RYD is able to ensure the original design coincides with construction.  Everything checked out -- the 29' as-built matches the design, ensuring proper performance.

W23 built by Taylor Willis

Steeple Completioin w/ Hightower Construction

Working for Hightower and with Glenn Keyes Architects, we just completed the new steeple for St. John the Baptist Cathedral in downtown Charleston.  For myself and Hightower, this was a four year project in the making and a 100 year wait for the Catholic community in Charleston.  Everyone has been pleased with the outcome.  The hardest part of this project was to keep all new constuction light-weight and to make the new steeple match the 100 year old cathedral.  We used cold mold boatbuilding methods to achieve the weight requirements, and designed and built all our own structural precast panels.

Live 5 News Feature

Video of Lift courtesy Post and Courier

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Hello All!  This is Rhodes Yacht Design first post.  I am excited to keep everyone up-to-date with latest projects and photos.  Working for Hightower Construction, I just finished construction of the Steeple for St. John the Baptist Cathedral.  We used boatbuilding technology in this construction -- Cold Mold structure over steel frame.  Also, we used our CNC machine and 3-d design capabilities to fabricate all our own precast ornamental concrete panels.  Check pics for more explanation!