Mak­ing Their Way

For 22 years, Rhodes and com­pany have evolved their builds while in­fus­ing their com­pleted yachts with de­tails (read: PNW DNA) that en­able them to ex­cel any­where.

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His love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for ves­sels con­tinue to in­spire Coastal Craft’s ex­te­rior de­signs. ¶ “I draw all the boat con­cepts my­self,” Rhodes says, adding that he reg­u­larly con­sults with naval ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers. “Most of­ten I give them the pro­files, in­side pro­files, deck plans and cross-sec­tional plans, but I rely on their en­gi­neer­ing and hy­dro­dy­nam­ics. We work re­ally closely to­gether within the scope of my con­cepts.” ¶ Alu­minum has al­ways been Rhodes’ cho­sen build­ing ma­te­rial, even be­fore his work­boat days. ¶ “I liked me­tal boats, es­pe­cially the Ger­man and Dutch alu­minum yachts. I thought they were re­ally cool,” says Rhodes, who de­scribes alu­minum as light­weight, strong and less brit­tle than car­bon fiber. “We build plan­ing hulls, so weight is a fac­tor, and there’s a lot of de­bris in the wa­ter in the Pa­cific North­west.” ¶ In ad­di­tion to be­ing aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and quiet, alu­minum’s strength is a re­as­sur­ing com­fort when run­ning fast in log­ging coun­try, as I learned on Howe Sound. ¶ “Strength of ves­sel is real peace of mind,” Rhodes says. ¶ To­day, Coastal Craft builds a 40, 45, 56 and 65, as well as the new Profish 30 and 33 mod­els. About half are pro­duc­tion yachts and half are semi­cus­tom. ¶ “There’s a

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