Design: Philip Rhodes, 1958

LOA: 32’

LWL: 22’1”

Beam: 8’9”

Draft: 4’9”

Ballast: 3750

Displacement: 11000

Working Sail Area: 408 ft.

Sail Area w/ Genoa 588 ft.

Designed by Philip Rhodes in 1958 for George B. Walton, a Yacht broker in Maryland.  Approximately 95 were built between 1960 and 1965; 35 by Danboats in Aerosköbing and the balance by Sanderson in Copenhagen, Denmark.


She was Rhodes design #C700.  Her hull is solid glass with integral tanks and her deck was cored with mahogany plywood.  She sails very well and is weatherly, stands up well and is nearly perfectly balanced.  All of the original drawings were donated to Mystic Seaport and are available from them for $7-10 a sheet.  The Chesapeake has appeared in ads for solar panels, scuba gear, and Adsil coatings.

In the Feb '84 issue of Sailing, four boats were chosen as “Classic Plastics”.  Bob Perry chose the Chesapeake as his favorite oldie, saying it was "one of the first that struck me, it grabbed me by the heart when I saw it.  Why? Beauty of proportion."  She was also described in a 2011 Good Old Boat article on Phillip Rhodes.

She has a CCA rating between 22.4 and 24.9.  One owner in Weymouth, Ma. wins his class just about every year and reports that during a race in late October, only 5 boats finished in 40 knot winds and his was the only one not damaged.  Tom Meers claims she lays to "like a duck" under triple reefed main and storm jib.  The original brochure selling price was $14,900.  This was with main, jib, genoa, spinnaker; all spinnaker gear; 5 winches; roller furling boom; Atomic 4; monogrammed dishes, flatware, and glasses for six; all safety gear; anchor and rode; and screens for all openings.  She had a folding pedestal table, fold up pilot berth to port, and 100lb. icebox. This brochure claims all bulkheads to be of glass and the head bulkheads of glassed plywood, that the deck was honeycomb cored (must have been changed early), rudder stock and hinge fitting of bronze , and 3750 lbs. of lead bolted with 5/8" monel bolts.  A later brochure raised the price to $16,800 and changed the deck core to 3/4" plywood, changed the rudder stock to SS.   There was an owners association in the 60's with a newsletter called "Chatanews".