David Malkin
North Point Yacht Sales
7330 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, MD, US
Office: 410-280-2038
Mobile: 443-790-2786

1964 Pearson Pearson-Rhodes 41
Boat Type: Cruiser Address: Annapolis, MD, US Price: $45,000


Graceful lines and seaworthy form make this classic a sought-after cruiser.

That is how Practical Sailor describes the Pearson Rhodes 41.  From 1961 to 1968 50 of these beauties were built.  Solid fiberglass hulls, fully encapsulated lead keels and expert workmanship have resulted in most still being in use.  The hull form is very sea kindly and with some wind in her sails, the 41 comes to life.

In the hands of her current owner Lightfoot has benefitted from 20 years of care and upgrades.  Diesel engine, modern sail handling, current electronics and a beautiful black Awlgrip hull with cream/buff decks all speak to this. She shows as an updated classic.

Contact us if you would like a copy of the full Practical Sailor article about the Pearson Rhodes 41 featuring Lightfoot and or a link to full sized photos.


Basic Information

Manufacturer: Pearson Vessel Name: Lightfoot
Model: Pearson-Rhodes 41 Boat Type: Cruiser
Year: 1964 Hull Material: Fiberglass
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Annapolis, MD, US Designer:
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 41 ft - 12.5 meter LOA: 40 ft 10 in - 12.44 meter
Draft - max: 5 ft 9 in - 1.75 meter Draft - min: -
Beam: 10 ft 3 in - 3.12 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Dry Weight: -    


Make: Westerbeke Engine Type: Inboard
Model: Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: - Horsepower: -
Cruise Speed: - Max Speed: -
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: 40 gallons - 1 tank(s) Holding Tank: 10 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank: 90 gallons - 1 tank(s)    


Total Cabins: - Crew Cabins: -
Total Berths: 1 Crew Berths: -
Total Sleeps: - Crew Sleeps: -
Total Heads: 1 Crew Heads: -
Captains Cabin: -    


Items Of Note
  • Awlgrip hull and deck 2013
  • Side decks re-cored
  • New rudder 2015
  • Westerbeke diesel
  • Transmission new 2011
  • Upgraded sail plan
  • Dodger & sail cover 2014
  • Fresh bottom paint 2017


Accommodations and Interior


The interior combines teak accents with wood grain Formica. Recently varnished cabin sole mixes two types of teak and cream caulk. Cabin top is nicely finished and painted cream for a clean look.

In the main cabin, both port and starboard settees may be pulled out to make comfortable and full length sleeping berths. Above & Outboard of these berths are two smaller bunks for agile sailors.

Forward is the larger Vee berth cabin. Full length book shelves and storage overhead plus a small closet with drawers. The head with shower is also forward opposite a large hanging locker.


  • Force 10 stove - 2 burner with oven
  • Large refer box with Frig-o-boat water exchange keel kooler refrigeration system
  • Hot/Cold pressure water - hot via engine


The Grumman company bought out Coleman in the early 1960's 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.

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 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. 

Sails and Sailing


  • Main - Sobstad full batten
  • Genoa - Sobstad 150% roller furling
  • Jib - 100% roller furling
  • Drifter type spinnaker


  • Mast head rig
  • Internal halyards
  • Pro Furl roller furling
  • Main sail lazy jack system
  • Lewmar primary winches 2speed self tailing
  • 2 Main sheet winches
  • Mast mounted halyard winches

Electronics and Electrical


  • Raymarine W/D/S
  • Raymarine Wheel Pilot auto pilot
  • VHF radio
  • Garmin GPS/CP at helm
  • Manual compass at helm


  • Balmar 90 amp alternator w/ smart regulator
  • Pro Sport Battery charger
  • 4x6 volt batteries in two banks

Additional Items
  • Westerbeke 30 HP freshwater cooled diesel vs. original Atomic 4
  • New rudder 2014
  • New Edson steering cables and chain - 2016
  • Dodger and sail cover in toast 2014
  • Lewmar manual windlass
  • CQR anchor w/ 60' chain and 100' rode
  • Anchor wash down system
  • SS boarding ladder
  • SS bow and stern rails
  • SS Engine lift
  • Safety - fire extinguishers, life jackets
  • Insurance survey available for seriously interested parties

NPYS Disclaimer
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Location Map

David Malkin
North Point Yacht Sales
7330 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, MD, US
Office: 410-280-2038
Mobile: 443-790-2786