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Speaking of 60's era boats, Philip Rhodes - who's career spanned over 50 years - was one of the pioneers in the wood to fiberglass boat design, revolution.
His 41' Rhodes Reliant - designed much as a wooden boat - took advantage of the 'new space age material' fiberglass, for the Reliant's hull. The idea then; the beauty of wood, the lower maintenance of glass.
But the Reliant was different. A center cockpit? Two dodgers? What's going on?
The Reliant is in fact, an aft cockpit boat.
But below, it has an aft cabin with two snug quarter berths. Those berths can be separated from the saloon. The off watch enjoys the quiet while the active watch can move to the saloon for meals, breaks. What a great idea for a sailboat designed to sail(not a good live-aboard design).
He made that possible with a forward companionway. Rhodes drew a nice visual trick, hiding the companionway in the coamings and lines. It's also pretty well protected. But you always have the main companionway if conditions warrant.
Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
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