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Shannon 38
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2 4530 Wed January 6, 1999
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Description: Shannon 38
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed January 6, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hull no. 4, one of the originals still in excellent shape. Only boat I've ever been on that actually motors straight if you let go of the wheel. Excellent tracking off shore. Smallish compared to more modern 38 footers. A somewhat wet boat due to narrow beam. Unlike many full keel boats behaves well in reverse. Excellent for a couple, really no room for long term guests. Built like an ice breaker! Excellent sea boat, good motion. Cutter rig may be a little faster but speed isn't what you're after if you are considering this type of boat. Self steers like a dream. Although my boat is 22 yrs. old the support from the Shannon factory continues.
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Review Date: Mon February 14, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Feb. 2000
I just purchased this vessel in the spring of 1999, so I'm still a bit new to her. The Shannon, if you don't know, is made for bluewater sailing, with a significant displacement (18,500 displacement with 6,300 in her keel). This doesn't mean she's sluggish. Quite the contrary. I was amazed with how well (and fast) she sails, even notching up close to nine knots in a real stiff breeze. But the most remarkable quality is the balance you can acheive with just a little bit of study. I found that in blustery days I sailed best with just the mizzen (which is a large sail) and the foresails ((usually a staysail and a jib with a high cut). This has the added advantages of safety should a storm blow in quickly. Although I haven't taken her offshore yet (a Bermuda trip is in the works), I have seen 40+ kts and 10 ft. seas. She handled it perfectly and never gave me cause for concern. On the other hand, she's not supper chipper in light wind.

I've had to put a certain amount of money and love into her. The one unusual problem was the rotting of certain deck bolts, which led to some pretty bad leaks. Luckily there was no interior damage, but I did have to have the toe rail pulled and the bolts re-bedded, which was not cheap. The work was done by Quality Yachts in Tiverton, RI, which is run by a bunch of original Shannon folks, and their craftsmanship is excellent.

As all Shannon owners will attest, the old Shannon boatworks provides great support. You can call them any time with questions.


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June 1999
This boat has been in dry dock for several years and unattended, so she's in rather poor shape. But with a little love I hope to make her real pretty. My surveyor gave her a thumbs up, except for the general appearance and some water damage below decks from an unattended leak. Most Shannons came with rod rigging standard, which gave me some worries. But an experienced rigger surveyed it and said it was like new! Ah, good news. I'll try to update this page later in the season.
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