General Boats International

General Boats, loacated in Edenton, NC, is the owner of the design of the Rhodes 22.

In the 1970's, the work of building Rhodes 22's was contracted out to a series of other boat building companies. But, not satisfied with the quality of the work, General Boats took on the job in the early 1980's, and became the exclusive builder of Rhodes 22 sailboats.

During its entire lifespan, General Boats has been run by one man: Stan Spitzer. Stan does monitor the email list, and will occasionally post to it, especially if someone has said something he disagrees with. The best option for getting in touch with Stan is email. He can be reached at

It's been estimated that General Boats has built about 2000 Rhodes 22 sailboats over the years. You can read more (a lot more) about the Rhodes 22 and its many fine attributes on the General Boats main website.

In recent years, General Boat has focused more on its used Rhodes 22 'recycling' program than on the production of new boats. The recycling program takes previously owned boats back into the factory and reconditions them to like-new condition. You can read more about used Rhodes 22's and the recycling program on the General Boats Used Rhodes 22 website.

That website also has a page about the Rhodes Owner's Cooperative (ROC). In a nutshell, the ROC is program in which the buyer of used Rhodes 22 from someone other than General Boats pays a one-time fee of 10% of the purchase price (min $300; max $3,000) in order to have access to support from General Boats. If you're considering the purchase of a used Rhodes 22, you should read the entire page for details of the program.

Included in the support that comes from being an ROC member, is access to parts and services for your new or used Rhodes 22. These are described in the pages of the General Boats Rhodes 22 Parts and Services website.

Below is a video with an interview with Stan Spitzer, the man behind General Boats