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Rhodes 22


Rhodes 22 vs Sea Pearl 21

Off the top of my head (I am sure I missed some obvious ones): Sea Pearl 21

I own and sail both a Rhodes 22 and a Sea Pearl 21. There is no comparison. The Sea Pearl is a fast, cat ketch. s lee boards and has 2 water ballast tanks. It is easy to rig and de-rig. It is a daysailer, pure and simple.I've sailed it for 14 years, and I love it, but it's no Rhodes 22. The ballast in the Rhodes weighs more than the entire Sea Pearl 21. I looked at the Sea Pearl 28, and I truly thought it was overpriced. They also took the best part of the 21 [the lee boards] and junked the concept. It has less useable interior space than the Rhodes.

The Sea Pearl 21 is a supurb light air sailer. It tends to have a heavy tiller in winds approaching 20 knots. I have sailed it home in 8 foot waves, but it was not a pleasant experience. Comparing it to the Rhodes is like comparing apples and cactus.

s/v Sea Prompt
01 Dec 2000

I agree, but there are people who use a tent like enclosure with the Sea Pearl 21 for extended outings. Overnighting on any of these boats is like camping on the water, but some are much more so than others. Even your apples to cactus comparison would be helpful to a prospective buyer. Part of the buying process is figuring out what kind of boat you want.

I also agree that the Sea Pearl 28 (and the Rob Roy) is way over priced. For the most part you get what you pay for, but not always. You could almost have a boat custom built for the price of some these boats.

01 Dec 2000

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