Overview

Pearson Rhodes 41 Sailplan With her long overhangs and graceful CCA lines, this Pearson Yachts, 41-foot Phillip Rhodes’ design is sure to be one of loveliest yachts in any harbor. She is an evolution of the famous Bounty II, the first production fiberglass yacht longer than 40-feet. Her interior features a master stateroom forward, master head to port, and large living area. This review covers her features especially in comparison to those of her forerunner the Bounty II.

History

The story starts in 1939 when Phillip Rhodes designed a 38′ 9″ wooden sailboat for Fred Coleman of Coleman Boat and Plastics Company named the Bounty. Built on the US Atlantic coast, the Bounty sold well for a low price and gained fame winning races until World War II came around. After WWII in 1956, Fred Coleman decided to make another foray into production boat building. Due to the increasing costs of skilled carpenters and scarcity of wood, Coleman decided to built in fiberglass. He teamed up with legendary Vince Lazzara to form AeroMarine in Sausalito, California. Their first offering would be the Bounty II. Though the name suggests a close tie to Phillip Rhodes’ Bounty, she is a reproduction of another Phillip Rhodes sloop, the Altair, designed in 1955. The Bounty II has a foot shorter waterline length of 28′, an updated rig, and a roomier interior due to the reduced sized scantlings needed for fiberglass construction. William Garden consulted on the tooling and layup scheduling. She debuted at the 1957 New York Boat Show for $18,500. They built over 100 hulls of the Bounty II in the succeeding years.

In 1960, Grumman Manufacturing, the parent company of Pearson Yachts, contracted Coleman and Lazzara to built the Pearson Triton 28 on the West Coast and then purchased AeroMarine itself. In 1962, they liquidated the company, eliminating every model except the Bounty II. They shipped her tooling to their homebase in Portsmouth, Rhode Island where, in 1963, Grumman introduced a slightly modified version renamed the Pearson Rhodes 41, the subject of this review. It is generally believed that Pearson used the same mold with minor modifications. Phillip Rhodes decided the changes were so minor that the Rhodes 41 did not merit a new design number in his accounting. The Rhodes 41 has the Bounty II’s design number. Pearson launched fifty hulls from 1963 until production ended in 1968, and the IOR days of yacht design took hold.

Pearson Rhodes 41 Layout

Configuration & Layout

The Rhodes 41 is optimized to the 1962 Cruising Club of America (CCA) rule changes with her long overhangs, double spreader masthead rig, and narrow beam. She features the same full keel and connected rudder underbody arrangement as the Bounty II with higher freeboard. The increase in freeboard is minimal and line drawings seem to bear out a higher bow if anything. Her sloop rig connects to the masthead instead of the Bounty II’s seven-eights fractional rig and is set slightly further aft to increase her J-dimension. Again the change in the mast location is minimal and difficult to verify outside of Pearson advertising. There were optional yawl rigged versions.

Pearson replaced the single, large cabin trunk window on each side of the Bounty II’s doghouse with two smaller windows to increase the integrity of the cabin house on the Rhodes 41’s. The cockpit was made less subject to flooding with improved drainage through her scuppers. The interior has the same basic layout with a single stateroom forward, master head portside aft, and large living area with galley and dinette. Pearson traded dressers in the forward stateroom for extra lockers and a bureau in the main cabin. Instead of upper-lower berths, the Rhodes 41 has pilot berths and slide out settees.

Construction

The Rhodes 41 like the Bounty II is essentially a wood design built in fiberglass. She is overbuilt as no one fully understood at that time the strength of fiberglass compared to wood. While the detailed layup instructions of William Garden are available for the Bounty II, little is known about Pearson’s techniques. Yachtsmen marveled at the accommodations which, though narrow by today’s standards, are spacious compared to comparable vintage wood yachts with their elaborate framing structures. Rhodes boasted that with her 28′ waterline she had the accommodations of a 30′ waterline yacht. The finish work down below is a surprisingly modern mix of white Formica and Gelcoat with the traditional Herreshoff style mix of teak trim and joinery. The tanks are integral fiberglass. They switched to lead ballast from iron to accommodate the taller rig. The engine was moved from out of the bilge to behind the companionway for better access and dryness.

Under Sail

The Pearson Rhodes 41 has classic CCA lines with long bow and stern overhangs for a lovely look. The Cruising Club of America (CCA) rules penalized waterline length but only when upright. Naval architects added long overhangs which increased waterline length – and therefore hull speed – when the yacht heeled. They made the yachts tender so that they quickly immersed more waterline length. The Rhodes 41 quickly heels 25% and locks in for high speeds on reaching courses. A Rhodes 41 named Restless won the 2000 Bermuda Race.

Specifications

LOA: 40′ 10″
LWL: 28′ 0″
Beam: 10′ 3″
Draft: 5′ 9″
Displacement: 18,800 lbs
Ballast: 8,075 lbs
Sail Area: 725 sqft

Designer: Phillip Rhodes
Year Introduced: 1963
Year Ended: 1968
Builder: Pearson Yachts (Portsmouth, Rhode Island)

Similar Boats

Block Island 40
Hinckley Bermuda 40
Pearson Countess 44
Rhodes Reliant 40

Links, References and Further Reading

» Henderson, Richard, “Phillip Rhodes and His Yacht Designs”, pp. 251-261
» Spurr, Daniel, “Heart of Glass: Fiberglass Boats and the Men Who Made Them”, pp. 99 – 103
» Stavis, Ben, Bounty II-Rhodes 41

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28 thoughts on “Pearson Rhodes 41”

  1. Michael Lee says:

    I have been the caretaker of Wind River, 1965 hull #27 R41 since January 2013. Two years on the hard, painted top sides, repowered with Westerbeke 4108, 54 large blisters ground and repaired. Just recently refinished boom, turned out beautiful, I now have the roller furler fixed and just put on the head sail and main on the boat. Hope to sail her in the next week or two for the first time. I’ll be stepping up from my Santana 22, pleas wish me luck, I sail solo most of the time, and hope to see Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska in the next 5 years.

  2. Mike Marshall says:

    We just purchased hull #29. Best Revenge. We will be doing an extensive restoration of this beautiful boat. I have fortunate enough to sail on Eric Crawford’s Rhodes 41 Restless, so I know the Rhodes 41 very well. Looking forward to this project!!

    1. Mike says:

      Did you open the Keel up? I hit a rock last year in Thailand but it did not get to the iron ballast but was wondering what I would be in for if it had.

      Mike Rayburn
      White Rabbit
      Hull #8

    2. Jason Brosnahan says:

      Hi Mike, are you referring to a Bounty or a R41? The R41’s only had encapsulated lead keels no iron ballast. R41 hull #8 was “Gem”.

  3. Chuck says:

    Has any one made repairs to a Iron Ballast on a early boat . We have a 1958 with what looks like a split in the glass at front of the keel ?The Boat was poorly patched at one time with a six inch chunk in the gel coat at front of keel .Some rust stain coming through. Wondering if we should open it up to see the extent of the issue or just fill in the crack with epoxy and go forward. The Boat in on the hard and very dry for seven years. We just acquired her for the right price. Evaluating her for updating. We are very excited after 10 years on a oday 25.

  4. Tony says:

    I recently purchased Rhodes 41 hull # 33 Shearwater in Seattle, I am now working on some final projects to get her back to good order.
    Tony email coxoly@comcast.net

  5. Leif Lomeland says:

    Hi again,
    Well, I’ve decided to downsize so Red Jacket is for sale. Anyone interested in purchasing her, you can email me at: sailor41@comcast.net.

    Fair winds and following seas,
    Leif

  6. Barry Buchanan says:

    I would like to offer up about 1,000 images of the restoration/refit of “Gem”, Hull #08.

    I am a yacht carpenter with 31 years of experience working with for The Hinckley Company of Southwest Harbor, Maine. I was very privileged to be a part of this project, and very proud to have been a part of it! The customer “did everything right” and made it an absolute joy to come to work everyday for the 1 1/2 years that this project took!

    Here are links to three Facebook albums I created to document this project. There are about 1,000 photographs in all!

    Album One: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.653933024664846.1073741890.100001444621152&type=1&l=54dcd7dc0b

    Album Two: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.749211451803669.1073741922.100001444621152&type=1&l=bf016aab90

    Album Three: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.749211451803669.1073741922.100001444621152&type=1&l=bf016aab90

    I am currently restoring my personal 1968 Golden Hind 31 that I purchased last summer. I figure that I have about a three year restoration (Hull #68 Brunyzeel plywood over Iroko frames.) to get it back into the water.

    Sincerely,
    Barry Buchanan
    Mount Desert Island, Maine

    1. Barry Buchanan says:

      Album Three needs to be edited to have the below link in it instead of the one that is there,

      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.829044297153717.1073741971.100001444621152&type=1&l=c007ac6e98

    2. Bob & Gail Butler says:

      We owned GEM #8 from 1978 – 1998 and moored her in Westport, Ma and Phippsburg, ME. She was a joy to own and to sail! It was exciting to view the wonderful restoration/refit done this year – thanks for posting all those photos. Best to you and her present owners!

    3. Barry Buchanan says:

      Thanks Bob for checking in here! I will pass along a “hello” to Logan and Marie for you!

      It was an incredible project to be involved with; a literal “Once in a lifetime” project!

      Barry

      PS: I am working on my own restoration as well. If you would like to see a little bit about what I am doing, head to this link: http://blacklabadventures.com/1968-maurice-griffiths-golden-hind-31/

      There is a big gap that I need to fill in, which I plan to do this winter.

      There is also one video that is missing too. Here is the link to that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cp_bDvvLdw

  7. Leif Lomeland says:

    Hi, just wanted to chime in. I’m the proud owner of Red Jacket, 1963 hull #4. I purchased her from the original owner, Dr. Harrington of Huntington, Long Island, NY. The date was Nov 1996. Sloop rig with her second Atomic Four (FWC). I personally do all the maintenance and repairs. Hull stripped down to gelcoat in 1998 and barrier coated below waterline after a 2 year dry out period in boat shed. Have just finished painting hull recently for second time. I’m very pleased there is a forum where Bounty II and Rhodes 41 owners can share information. Red Jacket is moored in Hull, MA during sailing season. Fair winds everybody !!
    Leif

  8. Dean Fletcher, and Trish says:

    Good day gang members.

    I have recently purchased Sea Oak, hull #17, a Pearson/Rhodes 41, 1964. She is conventionally rigged with a tiller. Sea Oak is a blend of original faux teak and teak joinery added over the years. She has a warm spacious interior. Her boom has been replaced with an alloy section, otherwise, she is original.
    I am a wooden boat enthusiast having owned 3 wooden yachts, and I sleep well at night knowing Sea oak is really a wooden yacht disguised in glass fiber.
    Sea Oak is enroute to the South Pacific, and will be found in Tonga and points south.
    Cheers, Dean and Trish

    1. Jason Brosnahan says:

      Welcome to the gang Deano & Trish. Look forward to seeing Sea Oak in Port Opua New Zealand where there are five Rhodes designs moored right at this time, Sonic 1952 steel Yawl, Tess-Bounty II, Red Witch II-Bounty II, Moxie-R41, Hourglass-R41.

    2. Kurt Gattmann says:

      Greetings,
      With great interest I read you are the current owners of Sea Oak. My family was the original owners, purchasing her from Ardell Yachts in Newport, CA in 1964 where we berthed for two years until moving her to Marina del Rey. My dad was a career sailor, sailing in the original Sea Witch ketch from LAYC in the thirties. An engineer, builder and naval officer (three war reservist), she was always kept pristine, passing weekly inspection with a 4.0. He named her after the street of our home address ~ White Oak Avenue, and the transom bore the “home port,” Encino, as well. We owned moorings in Fourth of July and Whites Cove on Catalina Island where we spent a weekend a month and several weeks during the summer, my sister and I frequently commuting from the mainland via sea plane from Avalon or, “the steamer,” S.S. Catalina. Oh, the memories. We are so pleased to hear she is seaworthy, bound for new adventures. Fair skies and following seas, Kurt Gattmann Boulder County, Colorado

    3. Dean Fletcher, and Trish says:

      Good Day Kurt. Here is an update from Sea Oak, #17
      She is now flagged Canadian hailing from Vancouver BC my home port. We departed Mexico in early April 2015 with landfall at Christmas Island [Kiribati] 29 days later. I repaired some serious chafe to the head sail and we continued south and west, calling in Samoa, then Tonga, and now lying at anchor in The Bay Of Islands near Pine Island, New Zealand. She turned out respectable passage times on all occasions.
      I am very pleased with the handling characteristics and the R41 has a decent turn of speed, but her sea keeping ability is most impressive, we encountered some very large following seas and were pooped on a few occasions with the loss of a cockpit cushion the only damage, Sea Oak would just rise to the sea and the big green monster would slide and boil noisily under us, most times, and She would just continue on her course.
      Our only ‘issues’ are age related, some deck leaks which put the interior lights out, but nothing some maintenance won’t cure.
      We shall haul for bottom maintenance in the upcoming months in preparation for a passage to Tonga. And a new set of sails for fun, as the old ones are not quite up to conditions any more.
      I am well pleased with Sea Oak.
      It was with great interest I read about the naming of Sea Oak and your involvement with her and your Dad. Looking forward to further correspondence.
      regards Dean and Trish

    4. robbie and Stephi Kirkcaldie says:

      Hi you all,WE sailed Red Witch II to Opua NZ 2014 from west coast of Mexico,Yawl rigged and nearly a one owner Lou Von Diel Newport beach Ca from 1959 Hull # 34.
      This boat is original in every way,bronze tiller and all the interior the Formica wood grain,and incidentally we would not have it any other way as is so easy to clean.
      I did fit a stay sail rig after getting caught in the Santa Barbara channel in 50-60 knots on the beam,blowing out the jib (#3)sheets original to the previous owner.I thus fitted the stay sail with two fixed aft stays just behind the lowers.Well I have to say what a joy in winds over 30 +.The boat with Stay sail and mizzen is virtually bolt upright,we are trucking at 5.5 – 6 knots tight to broad reaching and we are below enjoying another episode of Sons of Anarchy.Hop up and take a peek outside,wow it’s rough out here.
      With the yawl rig,the boat can be balanced to self sail beautifully ( Jib and mizzen)with the slightest alterations to the mizzen.
      I would recommend reconverting if the opportunity presents itself.
      As I am aware of the large volume of water the cockpit can hold if pooped (in our model)I did introduce 4 x 2 ” exit pipes in fiberglass through the rear cockpit wall running aft about 12 inches to assist drainage.Also cut the rudder to 20 inches wide and 24 inches at the bottom to lighten weather helm load. I have to say with zero loss of control,but Stephi can now take extended spells on the helm in heavy weather.
      Enough said from a highly enthusiastic Bounty owner.
      Cheers Robbie.

  9. Ben Scott-Robinson says:

    Hello there

    I bought Tiare, Curtis Collins’ Bounty 2 yawl, from Hawai’i and shipped her back to the UK. She has undergone 7 years of restoration and work, and is now our family yacht in Gosport in Hampshire. We believe she is the only Bounty 11 in Europe, and must therefore be the oldest GRP yacht in the EU!

    She has had new everything – engine, sails, interior, wiring, nav kit cooker, you name it. No expense spared, as my wife says, rolling her eyes. She was stripped down and repainted in dark blue over red with a white boot top, and a new iroko toerail about 5 years ago.

    It is such a joy to own her. She is pretty as a picture, and we have a regular stream of admiring visitors wherever we tie up. She is also quick in a good wind – we regularly outstrip modern boats of the same LWL – on a broad reach we can do that with just a jib and mizzen!

    The glassfibre though is troublesome to keep protected. The paints have trouble sticking and we have been round the houses a couple of times finding the right paints.

    I would love to talk maintenance and care with other guardians of these little pieces of sailing history.

    My email is benscottrobinson@gmail.com. If you have a Bounty 2 or Rhodes 41, please do get in touch.

    Ben

  10. Richard Dean Wright II says:

    I am working on a 1962 Rhodes bounty II sloop hull# 50. I have a new mainsail and it is a different style than the original. Is there something I can do to convert the rigging to accommodate the new mainsail? Any help or links would be greatly appreciated. I am at my wits end on this thing.
    Ha’ole

  11. Sterling . says:

    Hi Guys Have a Pearson Rhodes 41 Hull #35 1966 .In fact the one pictured above in the gallery .The Mizzen mast was removed at some stage in her life and re rigged as a sloop .Looking at returning the rig to Yawl .looking for Mizzen mast section spec’s , Length of boom & mast etc. Any Help would be Awesome ..

    1. Tom Jackson says:

      Are you sure it was a yawl. Some were built as sloops, mine was.

  12. John Staren says:

    Looking for rhodes 41 bounty class, yawl. Was lat seen in Chicago Illinois. I want to buy her back. She used to belong to my father. The boats name was Phoneix

  13. tom says:

    Sold my house in Va, just befiore the bottom dropped out of the maerket and bought a Rhodes Bounty II, 1958 hull#23. We’re the same age, her and i. One owner boat, a retired Admiral who kept her in Marthas Vineyard her entire life. She is my home. The ugly interior of faux teak formica has been replaced with the warmth of teak, and mahogany. I’m fitting her out for the old man who’ll live his days in this old boat. Handholds within arms reach, secure footing on oiled teak tounge and groove decking.A binnical below in the salon redundant of the cockpit, with plans for a third foreward. Have a Wilcox Imperial #51 solid cast bronze head that has been polished mirror waiting for the rebuild kit, solid brass sink w handpump on a mahogany countertop in the head.Just awlgripped her hull, hunter green last year. She steers with a 47″ tiller made of cocobolo, and i’m glad the Admiral never converted her to a wheel. Love the feel of a tiller in my hand. Solid. She is simple and very elegant. She turns heads in any anchorage and is so graceful under sail. Steady in her motion, you know ther is a solid heavy boat under you. Will finish her refit this summer and relaunch her. I do miss her rocking me to sleep.

  14. Alan Faulk says:

    My father Gary Faulk worked in Sausalito ca. He has just past away and would love any information you mite have.thank you Alan.

  15. Daniel Sansom says:

    I have a 1964 Rhodes 41 serial number 22. It has been totally refurbished and she is Canada sailing in fresh water

  16. Jason Brosnahan says:

    Haven’t heard back as yet regarding the photo on this page. Would like to view any available photos of Bimini or cockpit covers & stainless work detail.
    I have a 1966 Pearson Rhodes 41 I am refurbishing in New Zealand.
    Cheers
    Jason

    1. Kiwimariner says:

      Hi Jason know this Rhodes well it’s in Florida would be happy to take Pictures and email them to you. Feel free to contact me ( kiwimariner@gmail.com  ) 

      Cheers Sterling .

  17. Jasonb says:

    Hi do you have photos showing the cockpit covers on this yacht?
    Cheers
    Jason

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