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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-08-2012 02:36 PM
jrd22
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Originally Posted by tom3215 View Post

Secondly, just like buying a motorcycle, get on both and buy the one that really makes you excited just sitting in it, touching it and looking at it. Forget the math equation, let your heart do the talking this time. 2 years from now, you forget the 5k that you overpaid with devaluing dollars

Happy sailing

tom3215
While guilty of following your advice (multiple times) it can be a very expensive mistake to "let your heart do the talking". Get someone that has NO emotional interest in the boat (generally you want to hire the surveyor that the broker doesn't want you to, they are usually the picky ones) to survey the heck out of it and if that doesn't turn up any serious issues, then let your heart go crazy.
Both boats are beautiful, no personal knowledge of either, although Shannon has been around for a long time with a reputation for quality.
01-08-2012 11:02 AM
tom3215 .... just for reference there is an absolutely perfect Shannon for Sale in Annapolis.
Its about 77k and certainly you can buy alot of different boats with this money but for just an awsome 28 shannon thats perfect in every way, and money being not an issue, this would be the boat.

I just wish my shed was 4x the size, just collect awsome sailboats, rotate them in and out of the water as required. Simply they would just be expensive beer coasters to rest your beverages on during a Saturday night b.s session with the boys as you swap tales of the sea. ..... then when you croak, your kids would sell them off for half what you paid for them.

happy sailing
tom3215
12-31-2011 12:21 PM
tom3215 .....both boats are excellent ! You can parse details all day long. Most important buy a boat that was/is LOVED by it owner versus sailed only by its owner.

Secondly, just like buying a motorcycle, get on both and buy the one that really makes you excited just sitting in it, touching it and looking at it. Forget the math equation, let your heart do the talking this time. 2 years from now, you forget the 5k that you overpaid with devaluing dollars

Happy sailing

tom3215
12-03-2010 03:22 PM
CapTim I know a fellow who is refinishing his norsea 27 and wants to sell it... I'll have him stop over. He's got a mountain of pictures and such... pm me and I'll give you his number, if you'd like
12-02-2010 04:10 PM
Sapperwhite Not all Norsea 27 are center cockpit. the more sought after and rarer is the aft cockpit version.
12-02-2010 03:14 PM
LeftCoast A friend of mine had a Shannon 28. This is back in '92? From what I recall it had really bad blistering problems. I'd look close at the hull laminate over that issue. Other than that, it remember it being really pretty.

Wow! Long time ago. I wonder if he still has that machine?

-jim lee
12-02-2010 12:25 PM
dennies Jim, Thanks for the input! It's nice to know others share my dilema. I like the Orion too. I don't think either of us can go wrong with our choices as long as, like you said , the survey is good. Thanks again, Dennie
12-02-2010 10:53 AM
SeaQwest Dennie,

I can't add a whole lot other than to say I share a similar dilemma. I have been looking at the Shannon 28 and the Pacific Seacraft Orion 27. Both are great boats and if the right one comes along, I plan on pulling the trigger!

I have heard the Nor'sea is a great boat as well. The 8' beam versus the 9'6" beam of the Shannon is a significant difference. If you seek the flexibility of trailering the boat to other ports, the Nor'sea has the edge. If roominess and storage is high on your priority list, then, I think, the Shannon has the edge.

The Shannon was an expensive-built boat and there are only about 50 of them out there. I would think most owners could afford to spent the necessary amounts to keep their custom boats ship shape. I have heard the Nor'sea was well built also, but an issue might be that many were sold as "kit" boats for owner completion.

If you are like me, you will know the right boat for you as soon as you see it. The survey will tell you if you should buy it. Have fun looking!

Jim
SeaQwest
11-27-2010 11:59 PM
dennies Thankyou very much for the quick an excellent answer. Thankyou also for the welcome! Dennie
11-27-2010 11:57 PM
mitiempo While I think balsa makes a better core than plywood, it would depend more on the individual boat, maintenance over the years, any leaks at hardware attachment points and how quickly they were attended to. I think they are both well designed and built boats.
I agree with Faster the Shannon is a prettier boat with a better cockpit. All Shannons have had custom interiors since 1975 according to their advertising.
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