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This 1963/2016 Phillip Rhodes designed 41' Yawl is like no other. With hundreds of thousands of dollars $$ invested in the extensive 2016 refit at Hinckley Yachts, no other yacht is more well suited to make the claim of being a "brand new old boat." Equipped with an entirely new custom interior, new engine/transmission, new standing/running rigging, new deck hardware, new electronics, re-enforced hull and rudder, painted aluminum rigs, decks and top sides, new stainless stanchions/pushpit/pulpit, winches, cruising and carbon racing sails and on and on; CYNOSURE is without a doubt a dream come true for the Yachtsman looking for a classic sailboat that is "turn-key" and not riddled with old problematic equipment. A bit like a "wolf in sheep's clothing" CYNOSURE can easily fool the passing admirer as she elegantly swings on her mooring like any other 1960's vintage classic. But if you are lucky enough to go below, be prepared to experience craftsmanship and luxury unrivaled by any vessel of her time!
In 2016, the owner of Cynosure trucked the boat from Boston, MA to SW Harbor, ME (i.e. The Hinckley Service Yard) with the initial intentions of having some routine service work done along with a few interior modifications. As so many yacht projects go, one thing led to another and before long, the decision was made to remove the boat’s entire interior; leaving nothing but two bulkheads, the floor stringers and her original Monel fuel and water tanks. Every inch of wiring, plumbing etc was removed; essentially “gutting” the boat. After a few more discussions, the decision was made to even remove her tanks and check for leaks etc….. (they were perfect) leaving her interior completely open down to her keel bolts!
While empty, the carpentry team donned suits and masks and proceeded to sand, prime and paint (gelcoat) the entire interior surfaces of the boat. 50+ years of salt/mold/bilge goo was removed resulting in a sparkling white interior; the prefect foundation for the new interior units to be built on -
The talented carpentry, mechanical and electrical teams at Hinckley then proceeded to make CYNOSURE a “brand new old boat.” The refit took place over 24 months. While her new interior was being designed and built, new electrical wiring, plumbing, mechanical systems etc were installed (including a new Yanmar diesel main engine/transmission).
During the refit, (after pulling out a few original thru-hulls) the team noticed how light her hull’s laminate schedule was; (an intentional experiment of designer Philip Rhodes who wanted the boat to be faster than others in her class) and the owner/crew decided to add two more layers of cloth to her hull's exterior surface. Most of her original thru hulls were deleted, and new modern valves were installed. After lots of fairing, long-boarding, priming etc, she was sent to the Awl-grip bay for a fresh coat of Flag Blue paint. Additionally, her keel was sandblasted and then epoxy barrier-coated before final coats of antifouling paint applied.
A new bronze feathering Max prop was installed to replace her original large 3-blade fixed propeller. Her rudder was removed/stripped, re-enforced and epoxy barrier-coated as well.
On deck, a great deal of her hardware was removed/deleted before her fiberglass decks were sanded and painted. New non-skid was applied with careful thought regarding waterways & future varnishing around teak toe and hand rails. New primary winch’s and associated custom stainless steel bases were installed/fabricated to fit perfectly with her new classic teak cockpit combing. Her old helm pedestal was removed, re-built and painted. Her steering quadrant was also totally re-built to accommodate a new autopilot. A new Edson teak-on-stainless helm wheel was added (bigger than her original, making steering even easier). A new stainless steel pedestal guard was designed and built to accept a new Raymarine touch-screen GPS plotter above the compass. (A larger second display was installed in the custom Nav Center on the starboard side; just forward of the galley.)
New custom stainless steel stations and double lifelines with boarding gates amid-ship were built and installed; along with new stainless steel push pit and bow pulpit. A new Lewmar electrical Windlass and modern Lewmar deck hatches were installed. Her fiberglass companionway Sea-hood was removed, stripped, modified and painted to accept her reconditioned companionway slider and fit snugly against her custom bronze-edged high gloss-varnished teak drop boards. Her deck's molded-in fiberglass Dorade boxes were modified to accept new larger Stainless Cowl vents.
Her Aluminum rigs were stripped, sanded and awl-gripped. New wiring, standing and running rigging was added; along with associated rope clutches, steps etc. (While her original varnished Spruce main boom was initially restored and used for a few seasons, the owner eventually replaced the main boom with a new custom aluminum painted boom.
A suite of 2016 Raymarine electronics replaced her dated equipment and careful thought went into the electrical design; maximizing the latest technology and interfacing.
Once complete, CYNOSURE’S interior was the spitting image of a new classic Hinckley SW 42 sailboat; and no surprise, as lead carpenter Barry Buchannan had a hand in building most of the (78) SW 42's in the 80's and 90's. She now has a High gloss varnished teak Herreschoff-style interior with bright & reflective white bulkheads. A new fully-equipped galley now spans both sides of the companionway; with large single ss sink, 3-burner Force 10 stove, top loading refrigeration and freezer and generous space for dishes/glasses/pots and pans behind custom varnished teak louvered sliding doors. A new Blue Seas AC/DC Electrical breaker panel is conveniently installed by the companionway ladder (along with battery bank switches.) Hella fans and 110v/USB plugs included throughout the interior.
A half bulkhead with custom varnished teak handhold separates the galley from the main salon dining area to port. A custom Nav desk (facing aft) with full electronics (GPS plotter, VHF radio, SSB radio and multi displays) abuts the forward edge of the galley and utilizes the aft edge of the main salon settee for seating. New custom blue Sunbrella cushions were cleverly designed and built (by Jeff at Straightline Fabrication) to allow easy access to separate storage areas or the boat’s new Spectra water maker. Straightline Fabrication also provided custom Sunbrella port light shades, mesh lee cloths, salon pillows, custom dodger, sail covers and more. The stbd settee can be pulled out (Pullman berth) for additional sleeping space. New dimmer-controlled LED lighting throughout. New Classic Danish Frigast reading lights are bulkhead-mounted throughout as well.
Off-center to starboard and forward of the salon is the passageway to the head (to port) and the owner’s master (v-berth w/ filler) cabin. An overhead track w/Sunbrella drop curtain provides privacy for the main cabin/salon. The hull alcoves (in main salon) and master-cabin hull sides are sheathed with varnished teak. There is plenty of storage below the bunk, dressing seat, outboard lockers. A large louvered teak locker (w/auto light switch) to starboard of the head is sheathed in aromatic cedar and has plenty of space for 6 sets of rain gear and more. The generous-size head includes an electric freshwater Tecma toilet, louvered varnished teak lockers, ss sink, telescoping faucet for shower and teak-trimmed mirror. The head countertop is high-gloss varnished teak and was made with recycled wood from her original cabin sole. A custom fiberglass plinth was built for the head toilet/shower/sump.
And finally, her “real” engine is powered by a custom set of laminated carbon racing sails by Doyle (Mizzen, Main and roller furling Genoa.) Additionally, a new set of cruising sails were built along with a G-0 and Spinnaker.
While CYNOSURE is still a 1965 Pearson Rhodes 41 Yawl…. she was given a whole new life by this extraordinary (and expensive $$$) refit that clearly moves her into a class of her own. No true yachtsman would feel anything less but honored, to be the next steward of this classic high caliber sailing yacht.