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Re: Shannon 38 or tayana 37
I have purchased an old Shannon 38, and have sailed Tayana's up to 54'. I picked the Shannon because of the Sketch rig which I really like. I am getting on in years and the Sketch rig is easier for me to handle than the traditional cutter.
Then Shannon is very solid, quality craftsmanship and a good design. A bit narrow and small interior compared to new designs, but extremely kind in seas. We sailed across Lake Superior with 10'+ waves and was very stable and a good ride.
The one I bought had some cosmetic and interior issues, as the previous owner did not keep her in Bristol condition. I have been fixing, cleaning and upgrading as I go along, and am quite pleased at the condition of the inner workings being over 35 years old. The Shannon team is terrific and have provided substantial help in my quest.
I chartered a T54 for a week, and really liked the boat. Solid and good interior layout.
I would not hesitate to buy either, but I agree with the earlier comment that it comes down to which boat is better maintained. If it is a draw, I would go with Shannon because of their support.