As pretty as the Gozzard 41 is, it’s a forgiving boat, designed to take some abuse. Hull integrity has been one of Ted Gozzard’s hallmarks since his days at Bayfield, and the sandwich construction of the 41 is no exception. Layers of double-bias E-glass cloth and mat (with an outer-skin about 1/4-inch thick above the waterline and 5/16-inch thick below the waterline) are bonded on either side of 3/4-inch 550 Corecell, a linear polymer foam core that ranked high in U.S. Navy tests for strength and impact resistance. Solid glass laminate replaces coring material at the sheer line, centerline, keel, rudderpost, and all through-hulls. Thickness is added to the outer skin at the bow, trailboard, chainplate, mast step, and transom. The deck is equally robust, with core thickness up to 1 inch and solid laminate in place of core at any deck penetrations for hardware. The hull/deck joint is bedded in 3M 5200 and through-bolted with 316 stainless-steel machine screws at 6-inch centers. A varnished teak caprail (segmented for easy repair) creates an independent seal for the hull/deck joint, virtually eliminating any chance of a leak. Built to withstand a grounding or collision with flotsam, the rugged rudder and skeg assembly—both reinforced by internal stainless-steel frameworks—provide exceptional protection to the propeller and steering components.