Now emerging on the brokerage market for the first time since the completion of a seven-year keel-up restoration, Ranger has benefitted from a history of light use combined with an open checkbook refurbishment. The result is the recreation of this classic Rhodes design built in fiberglass that today shows as new. Whether competing in regattas or cruising with friends and family, her owner will enjoy great performance, combined with practicality, and low maintenance in this meticulously restored neo-classic.
In 1960 Ranger was shipped to her first owner who used and enjoyed her on the fresh waters of Lake Superior for about twenty-five years. He eventually sold her to his friend who brought her to Holland, MI, and put her in a barn for a major refurbishment, which he never finished. Thirty years later, still in the barn, she was sold to her third owner who spent the next seven years completing the refit that owner #2 started.
Ultimately the exterior of the boat including the decks were stripped, re-glassed, and repainted stem to stern. The entire interior including all woodwork, wiring, plumbing, machinery, electronics, galley, and head were removed and replaced with new. All rigging, sails, lines, running gear, and mast were also replaced with new. Hundreds of thousands of dollars later she emerged from her cocoon and was launched again as a virtually new boat.
Every inch of this classic sailing yacht has been meticulously refurbished to near perfection. She represents an amazing restoration of a proven offshore sloop. She was recently described in a survey performed by marine surveyor Ron Silvera (with over 40 years of experience) as a 9.5 out of 10, and “As New” virtually everywhere.
In May of 2022, her current owner, a knowledgeable yacht broker and 42-year veteran in the industry bought her from the donation organization to which the previous (third) owner had donated her. Ranger was trucked to Rhode Island on her freshly refurbished trailer where she was introduced to the Atlantic Ocean.
Her next owner can be assured of a trouble-free yachting experience on any waters around the globe. Ranger is now being offered to decerning buyers with a keen eye for detail, interested in owning a rare example of yachting history that looks and runs like new.
The total scope of the refit included:
The 41-ft Rhodes Bounty II was one of the original fiberglass racer/cruisers that launched a boatbuilding revolution. Now, long after they’ve been retired from the race course, these seaworthy classics still offer no-nonsense sailing for serious cruisers who care about performance but want to go places in comfort.
The Bounty II project was undertaken by Fred Coleman and Vince Lazzara (of Lazzara Yachts) at Aero Marine in Salsalito, California using a Rhodes’ design with Bill Gardens’ engineering. With all the top talent brought to bear, it’s no surprise that the vessel became an instant success. Its heavy scantlings and the building team's approach with the new material paid off in the long run. Their “thick as a plank” hull skin may have been overkill, but the results speak for themselves, and many of these classic sailboats still easily pass survey today.
When Aero Marine closed its doors, an enterprising group of executives bought the assets and shipped the tooling to New England boatbuilder, Pearson Yachts. They began construction of these sloops that Pearson dubbed the Rhodes 41. Perhaps the best measure of success of this effort lies in the fact that of the approximately 50 Rhodes 41’s built, nearly all are still in the water and have a cult following that makes them one of the most sought-after classics afloat.
Hull: Aristo Blue Awlgrip
Covestripe: Cordovan Gold Awlgrip
Bootstripe: Pure White
Deck: Powder Blue Awlgrip
The construction of this Rhodes 41 is bulletproof. The hull is made up of 9 layers of solid hand-laid woven fiberglass cloth and roving, and 18 layers in the lower hull were used to develop a thickness of three-quarters of an inch at the keel. No fiberglass mat was used in this construction. The 7500-pound cast iron keel is encased in the hull. The fiberglass decks were cored to reduce weight on these racer/cruisers, and the hull to deck joint is over-tabbed and through-bolted to create a secure seal. Her full keel and hung rudder provide safety for open ocean passages.
Ranger’s interior has been completely stripped, rewired, painted, and customized.
Stepping down from the companionway into an open salon, the galley is far aft to port with a two-burner stove, sink, storage, and a refrigerator below the countertop. To starboard aft is a quarter berth with storage beneath. Forward to starboard and port are bench seating areas that both convert to over/ under bunks. All interior fabrics have been tastefully reupholstery in blue and white patterns. Moving forward down the starboard hallway the single head is to port amidships and a cedar-lined hanging locker is across the hall on the starboard side. Furthest forward is a split v-berth with numerous drawers, lockers, a hanging closet, and access to the anchor locker.