WHITE WINGS is a well-maintained example of a truly classic boat, the The Pearson Rhodes 41. The 41 was derived from the earlier BOUNTY II, also designed by Phillip Rhodes with the aid of William Garden, and is one of the first production sailboats of this size built in fiberglass – a real classic plastic. Pearson Yachts acquired the mold to BOUNTY II and went on to build the Rhodes 41, which quickly became a hit.
Few designers ever see a set of lines catch on like those belonging to Phil Rhodes classic sloop Altair. Not only did the wooden masterpiece spawn a gaggle of sisters such as Thor of Oyster Bay, but in 1956, Rhodes son, Bodie, who was working for his father at the time, scaled Altairs lines into a slightly smaller sloop, a boat destined to become the prototype of the 40-foot fiberglass production racer-cruiser.
The Bounty II project was undertaken by Fred Coleman and Vince Lazzara at Aero Marine in California, using Rhodes design work and Bill Gardens engineering input. With all the talent brought to bear, its no surprise that the vessel became an instant success. Its heavy scantlings and the building teams precautionary approach with the new material called fiberglass paid off in the long run. Their “thick as a plank” hull skin may have been overkill, but the results speak for themselves-many of these classic plastics still easily pass survey today.Practical Sailor
WHITE WINGS has been continually upgraded and well maintained by her last two owners; one being a very well known Marine Surveyor. All important system have been replaced or upgraded, and she appears to be in sail away condition. She has been upgraded with a 2011 Beta Marine engine, Raymarine electronics, a bowthruster and even a washing machine.
She’s listed for $78,900 and lies in Milford, Connecticut.