Background to the Design
General Boats commissioned this design. Stan Spitzer had some ideas for this micro-cruiser, including the flared hull shape that characterizes the 505 design. Phil Rhodes accepted the challege of designing the boat around Stan's ideas. The design process went on for a year, during with time the boat grew from 21' to 22'. It finally emerged from the Phil Rhodes office at Lexington Ave. N.Y. as design number 804, listed as a 21' fiberglass sloop "Rhodes Continental" for General Boats, 1968.
Rhodes provided only a sketchy cabin lines drawing and the final cabin design was done by Ten Eyes Associates, an industrial design company in Wichita KS known for their airplane design work. Additional design changes came about from the direct sales policy of General Boats via user feed-back.
The Rhodes 22 was Phil Rhodes's last small boat design and it is a genuine Rhodes with aesthetics assistance from a professional design team. Interestingly enough, while it does not look like the typical Rhodes of his earlier work, Phil seemed to grow fond of this strange boat and was in the habit of visiting it each year at the NY Boat Show. Its interior, with a dinette/double bed to port and a linear galley to starboard is reminiscent of the arrangement of the 41 foot Rhodes Reliant.
(much of the above information was provided by Stan Spitzer, of General Boats)
-- my Rhodes 22