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Shannon 43
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2 3156 Mon April 9, 2007
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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0

Description: Shannon 43
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu April 15, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


After five years of owning a Shannon 38 and extensive cruising in New England and racing to Bermuda we have a new Shannon 43 Cutter built in 1990-91. It is a perfect cruising and offshore boat. Our boat was second overall in fleet of 150 in the 1991 Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race. Two Atlantic Crossings with wife and 2 boys during 1993 to 1995. Custom construction means our boat is just what we wanted, sea bunks for whole family, lots of tankage for long passages, easy rig to handle. Great service support from Shannon people who built her. Very pleased. We now sail in New England & Nova Scotia and will take boat south for winters soon as kids are all off to college. Any questions, just e-mail us.
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Registered: August 2006
Location: Creedmoor NC
Posts: 554
Review Date: Mon April 9, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Quality, Classic boat
Cons: price

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We are big Shannon fans and love our boat! The Shannon 43 is a classic boat - one of the best made, period. It is a great medium-displacement long distance cruiser with a centerboard. With the centerboard up the boat draws less than 5', making it very flexible. We are in North Carolina where depth is frequently an issue.

Shannons are built in Bristol, RI and are "Virtually Custom" yachts - only a few are built at a time - and have earned a reputation for quality construction and offshore integrity. Owner and designer Walter Shultz is a legendary boatbuilder and he started the company in 1975. Many of the other Shannon employees, including manager Bill Ramos and electrical chief Mike Drywa, have been at the company for a long time.

I would recommend a Shannon to anyone looking for a high-end cruising boat. The best way to learn about the boats and the company is to attend one of the annual offshore seminars at the Shannon shop in Bristol. Walter Shultz is an encyclopedia of boatbuilding knowledge, and he is a fun guy to listen to.

Featured in Ferenc Mate's book "The World’s Best Sailboats" -“Walter Schulz is the last of a wonderful breed- the complete boatbuilder. He designs boats … and then builds(them)-always interesting and invariably one of the world’s best yachts.”

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things y%^&*.....oh never mind. 90% of the people on sailing forums already use that as their signature! I'm not a conformist.
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