Bounty II-Pearson Rhodes 41
Design Number 658 (1956)
40'10 x 28' x 10'3" x 5'9"
In 1956, Rhodes shrunk a Rhodes 29' lwl sloop (Altair) to 28' lwl. to create the Bounty II. She was 40'10" loa, with a 10'3"beam and 5'9" draft. This was one of the first large stock auxiliary sailboats built in fiberglass. She had a raised doghouse with large windows, a 7/8 sloop rig, and a fiberglass mast. A yawl version was available. Her engine was under the galley floorboards, and she had iron ballast.
Bounty II was built by the Coleman Boat and Plastics Company (later Aeromarine Plastics Corporation) of Sausalito, CA. (The Coleman company had built the Bounty in the 1940s, Bounty II was an obvious name for this new project.) The boat was introduced in 1956 and exhibited in January 1957 at the New York Boat Show.
About a dozen hulls were finished by Palmer Johnson (in Wisconsin). These boats are called "Palmer Johnson Bounties." Given the standards and experience of Palmer Johnson, these versions of the Bounty were probably finished to a very high standard, beyond the normal standard of a regular fiberglass boat builder. Palmer Johnson may have had their own hull numbers, so it is possible that Coleman boats and Palmer Johnson boats could bear the same hull number. Palmer Johnson made some of the specialized hardware for the boat, and may be able to supply hardware now for restoration work.
The Grumman company bought out Coleman in the early 1960s and in 1962 transferred the molds to the Pearson Company in Rhode Island, which Grumman had also bought.
In 1963 Pearson modified the boat a bit and it became the Rhodes 41, discussed below. It is not clear to me if Pearson built Bounty IIs in 1962, when they acquired the molds and before the design work for the Rhodes 41 was done.
Ultimately, more than 100
Bounty IIs were built, according to Dan Spurr (HEART OF GLASS).
Carole <DnldBnt"at"aol.com> is organizing a Bounty II email network. Sistership owners may wish to contact her.
Nov. 7, 2006:
Posted by Tom (tljsazarc"at"Frontiernet.net)
Aug. 27, 2006:
Posted by Deirdre <brenkat"at"dol.ie>
Jan 4, 2003
Posted by Colin Rees email:
Posted by Tim Anderson
From: "curtis collins" <hcicurtisc"at"hawaii.rr.com>
March 24, 2004
Jan. 8, 2002:
Nov. 11, 2002
Nov. 1, 2003
June 10, 2004:
May 4, 2007, update Jan 9,
By the way, Roger Shields
raised the question about two #2 hulls. I think that Palmer Johnson and
Coleman had the own hull numbers. So, there could be duplicate hull numbers
June 30, 2007
Sept 6, 2007
Jan 5, 2011
May 5, 2011
Oct. 2, 2012
In 1962 the Bounty II molds were bought by Pearson and was used to make the Rhodes 41. Pearson asked Rhodes to "tweak" the design, partly to ensure that she was optimized with regard to the revisions of the C.C.A. rules in 1962. Rhodes made some subtle changes in 1963. The ballast was changed from iron to lead, giving the boat more stability. This enabled Rhodes to increase the sail area by giving her a masthead rig and moving the mast back a bit to enable larger head sails. Rhodes felt that this was a more efficient and faster rig. The new boat was given slightly more freeboard to give more interior volume. The main cabin and galley were enlarged (at the expense of the forward cabin) and the dog-house was given two smaller windows. Finally, the engine was lifted out of the bilge and put behind the companionway, to be more accessible and to enable installation of a diesel engine. These revisions to the Bounty II did not merit a new design number. The Rhodes 41 was offered with a yawl option.
Pearson built about 50 Rhodes 41s, ending in 1968.
Rhodes 41 RESTLESS WON the 2000 Bermuda Race!
The Rhodes 41 is a wonderful
ocean cruiser. Hull #7, So Long, is owned by
Susanne Huber. She bought her in Bequia in the Caribbean in 2000
(third owner), and has been single-handing her across oceans to lovely
places, in tandem with her husband who single-hands behind her in his smaller,
slower boat. (report Jan 18, 2008)
June 17, 2008
I have Pearson Rhodes #37, now "Hotspur," berthed in Marion, Ma. I have been racing her for two years now and placed third in our fleet last year, and have placed first in the PHRF cruising fleet twice already this year. I also placed third in the Buzzards Bay Tower Race in 2007, competing in the spinnaker class.
Our rating is PHRF 159 for racing and 174 or cruising. I added a babystay on a lever which brings the boat back to its original 7/8 fractional jib on those famous windy Buzzards Bay summer afternoons. The boat handles like a dream, and with careful balance for wind velocity, she leaps like a stag. Last Friday on the way to Woods Hole we clocked 7.5 knots to windward in 14 knots with a 135 jib and a single reef in the main.
Ron Wisner RWisn"at"aol.com
Report on JUBILEE
We are just completing 5 yrs of rebuilding and upgrading our Rhodes-41, JUBILEE, Hull 22. We gutted the interior, lowered the V-berth bunks for easier access and more headroom, enlarged the cramped head and installed new toilet, lockers and drawer stacks out of cherry with granite look corian countertops in lav and galley. A new refrigerator/freezer and deep double sink improved the galley. The horseshoe settee arrangement was replaced with a portside pilot berth, curved settees allowing more floorspace for new teak & holly floors throughout. All new cabinetry is cherry. Teak toerails, combing boards, winches, anchor windlass, Pro-furl, and steering wheel are new. We replaced the wooden boom with an aluminum one and kept the old Aries windvane and wind generator.
The boat started out in California,
cruised the South Pacific, then made her way to the Gulf Coast of Florida
where we bought the boat after a hurricane put her up on a concrete piling
that just scratched the gelcoat and nothing else. She's now on the
Georgia coast getting ready for the Bahamas for a start. We are the
R41 Hull#8: firstname.lastname@example.org
A dedicated website would be great; the boats have a great reputation as good looking sea kindly cruiser/racers.
Jan 6, 2013
I have recently obtained
R41 hull #27,Wind River. Any information on converting from Atomic 4 gas
engine to diesel would be very helpful, thanks Mike,email@example.com
I am interest in buying a
Pearson 41'. I am also interested in possibly trading partial
equity for my 1968 Alberg 30, lying Everett Marina, Washington, on Puget
Sound, near the San Juan Islands - which I set up for entering the
Single Handed Transpac.
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