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I can't speak specifically about the Offshore 41 because at least some of them appeared to have glass decks and cabin-sides, or speak to every boat in the entire Cheoy Lee line but at least on the Cheoy Lee's from the same era as the Rhodes Reliant that I personally watched having their deck rebuilt, the deck and cabin were constructed pretty much as you would build a wooden boat with wooden deck framing, let into carlins at the cabin, and clamps at the hull. Unlike traditional wooden boat construction there was plywood laid over the frames, which was then glassed and the teak was laid over that plywood.
On the Cheoy Lee that I did the drawings for during the time that I was with Charlie Wittholz, Charlie had specified end grain balsa for the sub-deck, but Cheoy Lee insisted on using plywood, which was they said was their usual practice since it held fastenings better than the balsa.
Cheoy Lee's hulls were solid glass, but whatever internal framing that they elected use was typically glassed in wood as well.
With respect to the comment, "the Rhodes and the Luders are full cut away keels with attached rudders", I would ask which do you think they are, "full Keel" or "cut away keel" , because I would suggest that the two terms are mutually exclusive. In the case of the Rhodes Reliant, I would politely suggest that they were cut-away keels that were cut away to the point that they had roughly the same surface area (relative to their lengths on deck) as many fin keel boats of that era. In my personal experience steering them in a breeze was like trying to steer with a trimtab.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay
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