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.
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