Shannon 38 Cutter


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TYPE:                                Cutter Rigged Sloop

BUILDER:                         W. Schulz and Associates

MODEL:                            Shannon 38

YEAR:                               1978

ENGINE:                           Yanmar 54 hp diesel (re-powered April 2010)

FUEL CAPACITY:            60 gallons

WATER CAPACITY:        120 gallons (3- 40 gallon tanks)

LOA:                                  42'

LOD:                                  37'9"

LWL:                                  30'10"

SAIL AREA:                      703 sq. ft.

DISPLACEMENT:             18,500 lbs.

DRAFT:                               5'8"

KEEL:                                 6500 lbs. Internal Lead Ballast, modified full keel

RATIOS:                              sail area/disp 16.07, disp/length 281, ballast ratio 35.0

ORIGINAL REFIT LIST: (Quality Yachts, Tiverton, Rhode Island)

    - engine and transmission rebuilt (Hansen Marine) (1997)

     - all spars awl gripped (Jamestown Boatyard) (1997)

    - new Robertson AP300CX autopilot with hynautic ram (1997)

    - new Marine air 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air/heat system (1998) (retired 2008)

    - pilot berth converted to cabinet and shelves (Steve Millard) (1997)

    - galley countertops replaced with WilsonArt laminate (1997)

    - new canvas and dodger frame (1997)

    - new interior cushions with ultrasuede on main salon settees (1997)

      - complete upgrade of exhaust system (1997)

    - increased battery bank to four group 27 gels (400 amps) (1997)

    - replace propane tanks, regulator and gauge; added spare 1.5 gallon tank as extra (2006)

    - new 125 amp alternator with regulator (1997)

    - replaced most hoses and SS clamps (1997)

    - removed steering cables, checked and re-greased (1997)

    - replaced throttle cable (1997)

    - rebuilt rudder shoe (1997)

    - replaced stuffing box assembly (1997)

    - replaced cutlass bearing (1997)



      - replaced components of propane system and resealed locker

    - replaced water pump: SHURFLO 4 GPM and SS 2 gallon accumulator tank

      - added SHURFLO wash down system

     - replaced water heater: 6 gallon Raritan 

    - replaced galley faucet with SCANDVIK system

    - added SEAGULL water filtration system

    - replaced sink drain hose

     - added two Alpenglow lights in galley area for additional lighting in refrigerator area

     - added 17 gallon/hour Sea Recovery modular Ultra Whisper 400 water maker 

     - rebuilt Whale Gusher 25 manual bilge pump

    - replaced bilge pump with RULE 2000, added SUPER SWITCH

    - replaced old bilge pump switch with 12V Ultimate Senior Pump Switch (December 2010)

    - added Pace Electronics bilge pump warning light in cockpit (highly recommended)

    - added secondary RULE 2000 bilge pump & Ultimate Senior Pump Switch above primary bilge pump (August 2012)


    - added ENGEL 27 freezer/refrigerator, AC/DC (March 2008)

    - replaced Seafrost engine-driven refrigeration with DC Frigoboat keel-cooled system.  

    -Purchased smart speed controller for regulation of freezer temperature (January 2009)

    - added 1.5 inches insulation to refrigeration box (January 2009)

    - Refrigeration overhauled by Jeff Hawthorne, Hawthorne Marine, Fort Lauderdale.  Replaced thermostat and controller, replaced insulation between refrigerator and freezer, added Technautics circulating fan in refrigerator (June 2011)

    - Refrigeration organizing shelves/bins built by Mitche Lewis, Fort Lauderdale (June 2011)


     - replaced shower drain pump with a SHURFLO

    - replaced all hoses and 3-way valve    

    - rebuilt Wilcox-Crittendon all bronze head (retired June 2011. Could not get parts)

    - replaced sink faucet with GROHE shower system

    - added SCANDVIK cockpit shower

    - replaced Wilcox-Crittendon head with Raritan PHC  (June 2011)


     - added FURUNO 1834C radar/chart plotter, 4kW, 36 mile

    - added FURUNO GPS GP32

    - rebuilt RICHIE globemaster compass

     - added Si-Tex Nav-Fax 200 SSB marine communications receiver and Weather Fax 2000 (sold June 2011.... kept Weatherfax 2000 software to use with SSB)

    - added Engenius EUB 362-EXT high power USB adapter with Hawking Hi-Gain wireless-G directional dish adapter to computer to boost wi-fi reception at anchor

    - added Rogue Wave Wifi antenna with Netgear router (June 2011)

    - added ICOM M710 SSB, Icom AT-130 tuner, GAM antenna, KISS ssb counterpoise ground plane (August 2012) (sold Si-Tex NAV-Fax receiver)

    - added Standard Horizon Matrix VHF/AIS receiver radio (GX2150); AIS display integrated to Furuno chart plotter  (August 2012)

    - added Garmin GPS Map 740 chartplotter to cockpit  (September  2012)                


    - replaced DATAMARINE wind instrument (1/2009)

    - replaced depth and knot meters with B&G instruments

    - replaced all interior lights with ALPENGLOW marine lights

    - replaced all navigation lights with OGM corp LEDs

    - replaced battery charger with XANTREX 30 amp, added a Xantrex 50 amp

     - rewired mast

    - installed Kenwood radio/CD changer (2006)/XM Satellite Radio (able to receive signal in Mexico)  

    - replaced old Marinetics electrical panel/breakers with new Blue Sea panel and breakers.  Added 8 new DC breakers. (December 2008)


    - added KISS wind generator (June 2009) (moved Furuno Radome from stern to mast). Blades replaced in November 2012 after Hurricane Issac.

    - added two Solar World 175 watt solar panels.  Installed on top of bimini. (January 2009) (stolen: 9/2012)

    - added Honda EU2000i portable generator with 30 amp plug.  Set up with after market 6 gallon fuel tank (May 2009)

    - replaced battery bank with 6 group 27 TROJAN AGM batteries (600 amps) (May 2009) (removed 12/2012)

   - replaced starting battery (Trojan Group 31 AGM) with Trojan Group 27 (June 2011) (removed 12/2012)

   - added  XANTREX ProWatt Power Inverter, 1750 watts (April 2009) and a 700 watt inverter (removed both 12/2012)

    - added XANTREX battery monitor

    - added two Kyocera 220 watt solar panels (November 2012)

    - replaced battery bank with 7 Group 31 Decca (East Penn) Intimidator batteries (735 amps). Wired all 7 batteries to a single on-off switch (no starting battery). Completely rewired battery bank. (Navigator Marine Electronics). (December 2012)

    - added West Marine 1000 Inverter (December 2012)


    - replaced old 16000 BTU CruiseAir air conditioner with new Mermaid 12000 BTU reverse cycle. (June 2009)  The Mermaid is powered by the Honda EU2000i generator, so can now run air conditioner/reverse cycle heat while anchored out.   Generator runs approximately 4 hours/gallon.  The generator has been set up with an additional 6 gallon gas tank.


    - replaced S/L sea tiger with IDEAL electric windless

     - replaced primary anchor:  44 lb MANSON RAY (Bruce)    

     - secondary anchors include- 300 ft 5/8" nylon/chain, 50 lb MANSON CQR, FORTRESS 21 lb

   - stern anchor includes 125 ft 1/2" nylon/chain and a FORTRESS 15 lb

   - hundreds of feet of spare rode in various lengths and sizes

    - replaced chain with 250 feet 3/8" G4 ACCO  chain; Cong anchor swivel (June 2011)


   - post KATRINA: replaced most winches with ANDERSSEN 52s and 40s (2006)

   - replaced all stanchions, lifelines and the stern rail

   - replaced dorades with stainless steel ABI 

   - replaced hatch arms with MOONLIGHT MARINE arms

    - added Mustang 5 year inflatable life vests with harness, 2 type 1 offshore life vest, jack lines and assorted safety gear 

   - added Scanmar MONITOR steering vane (sold 8/2012. Changed plans for long distance ocean cruising)

   - replaced traveler with HARKEN big boat system 6:1 purchase

    - replaced steering cable


    - CARIBE C10X (December 2008)

   - HONDA 20 hp, added SS 4-blade prop (May 2008)

   - FORTRESS COMMANDO anchor/rode

    - ST CROIX "Little Crane" motor hoist

   - EDSON motor mount

    - Added electric winch handle (Winch Mate) (December 2010)


    - replaced primary inventory and rebuilt trysail and storm sails (April 2005), see PORT TOWNSEND SAILS

   - MAINSAIL 330 sq ft, 4 full battens, 2 reefs, STRONG TRACK with SCHAEFER battcars, 8.77 oz cloth

   - GENOA 395 sq ft, 1 RF reef, 105%, 8.77 oz cloth

   - STAYS'L 130 sq ft, hanked on, removed boom, tracked to cabin top and routed to winch in cockpit, 9.7 oz cloth

   - DRIFTER 485 sq ft, 130%, hanked on second forestay, 2.2 oz cloth

   - TRYS'L, rebuilt by PTS, added a green hi-vis patch

   - YANKEE, rebuilt by PTS, hanked on second forestay

   - I=43.2, J=17.2, P=40, E=16.5


   - Replaced Bimini (SeaSpray Sunbrella) (January 2009)

    - Replaced dodger frame with 1 inch heavy stainless (March 2009)

    - Replaced dodger canvas with SeaSpray Sunbrella (Keys Quality Canvas, March 2009)

    - Added stamoid windlass cover, white (March 2009)

    - Replaced cockpit cushions (May 2008)

    -  New sun awning (Keys Quality Canvas, Marathon, FL) (July 2011)     


    - Replaced lifelines (2006)

    - Replaced stanchions (2006)

    - Replaced standing rigging with 1x19 stainless steel wire and Sta-Lok fittings (Keys Rigging, Inc., Feb. 2009)


   - Replaced the RACOR 500 primary fuel filter (May 2008)

   - Added ALGAE-X fuel polishing system. (May 2008) Routed via 3-way valve, after the ALGAE-X,  to separate RACOR filter to electric   fuel pump and then back to the tank; can polish the fuel without using primary filter.

    - Added Reverso oil changer pump (December 2008).  Can remove and add engine oil and transmission fluid automatically.

    - Re-powered boat with new Yanmar 54 hp 4JH5E April 2010 (Whiticar Marine, Fort Pierce, FL) (included new transmission and alternator) (original engine was a Westerbeke 4-108 40 hp) Had to cut and reshape the engine bed, replace shaft and cutlass bearing, new prop made

    - Added shaft spacer to minimize vibration and keep engine properly aligned


   - Hull painted with Imron (Post Katrina, 2005)    

  - Cabin top and cockpit awl-gripped (Whiticar Marine, Tom) (May 2010)

  - Bottom job (Trinidad), Whiticar Marine (June 2010)


    - added slide bolt lock to companionway for security

    - added shelves to hanging closet for additional storage space

    - original nameboards built by Steve Millard (Quality Yachts, RI) were destroyed in Katrina (2005).  LA built     and carved our new nameboards in 2006.

    - Replaced old Hillerrange stove with TASCO (Taunton Stove Company). (November 2009)

    - Replaced old cockpit table with new Edson Marine teak luncheon table (May 2010)

    - Custom mattress built for V-Berth by Handcraft Mattress Company. Fort Lauderdale location. Premium Latex. One piece with custom     side to side hinge. 8 1/2" plush with #5 Tencel pillowtop.  Worth every penny. (May 2010)

    - Replaced bronze port screens (June 2011)


PORT TOWNSEND SAILS (highly recommended)

    Of all the upgrades and boat projects to prepare for offshore cruising, finding a sail maker has been the most difficult. Many lofts claim to build "cruising sails", but I found them to be lacking in design and quality (Their way of thinking was if they built a non- racing sail, then it was a "cruising sail". When I met Carol Hasse, owner of Port Townsend Sails, I finally found the real deal. They only build cruising sails. She has a lot of blue water experience, will spend time with you and her sails are works of art. 


    Great customer service, great products, produces light in the boat like a lamp in your home, yet are energy efficient. Great look and upgrades the interior look of the boat.


   Excellent customer service, lots of boat building products, tools, etc. Great selection of fasteners


    We cruised to Key West/Dry Tortugas in 1998 for a season and have since then added 1000 hours to this unit.  In 2008, replaced a chip board and pump.  We keep a spare, rebuilt pump on board.  This is a strong autopilot.  Good customer service.


    Awl gripped spars in 1997.  If you want the very best, Jamestown Boatyard is a good choice. Jim, the manager, is very experienced and helpful.


   Owned a CQR and a RAY (Bruce) for five years, used both enough to appreciate the quality; Although expensive, this is a classic case of you get what you pay for.  Your primary anchor/rode is the last thing you want to scrimp on.


   "Genesis" came with the old Par diaphragm pumps, I tried more than one brand before settling on SHURFLO.  However,  I did not like their new "smart series" pumps, so I returned it.  They refunded me and actually asked for product input.  Now have the 4 GPM/2 gallon SS accumulator tank and have been very satisfied.


    Their business is primarily engine water pumps, but they have much more.  Very good prices, quick delivery and excellent service.


    High quality marine LED lights for the military but sell to the public, the best masthead tri-color/anchor I could find, excellent service


    I replaced 3/8 BBB ACCO chain with 5/16 HT but could not find a shackle that was strong enough.  This company has it all, G-209-A series for marine 


    Excellent service, knowledgeable staff, great prices


    Excellent service, owner Tom is a sailor and knows this business, competitive pricing, quality products, excellent advice


    Large company with many products, excellent prices on RACOR filters, etc


    Shannon has a passion for building offshore yachts that is on the highest level.  This is one of those rare companies that puts quality and service before money.  Regardless of whether you buy a new yacht or a used one, you will always be a part of the Shannon family.


    Excellent company.  John and Libbie have a great business and have extensive experience with power-related systems.  John and is available for FREE consultation,.  Invaluable resource to help you design a working system to meet your energy needs. 


     Bought our Mermaid A/C from Wright Marine.  Professional, great service.


    Unfortunately, I found out about Ocean Options AFTER I had purchased my Sea Recovery water maker from another  dealer.  They have a very knowledgeable staff that understands water maker installation.  If you are going to buy a Sea Recovery water maker and plan install it yourself, I highly recommend that you buy it from Ocean Options. I found about  them from Shannon Yachts and they answered my installation questions even though I did not buy my unit from them.  Now, that's great customer service! 


  We replaced our 30 year old Hillerrange stove with a TASCO stove, model 755LP from this family-owned company in Massachusetts.  They have great customer service and have a great product. 


After trying all kinds of mattress pads, including one that we spent over $500 for, we finally had a custom mattress built by the Fort Lauderdale, Florida location.  Great customer service. Helped us pick out a mattress designed for comfort.  Sent very thorough instructions for measuring.  This is one of the best purchases for our boat.  We now sleep in comfort every night!  Worth every penny!

HAWTHORNE MARINE, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jeff Hawthorne is a first-rate refrigeration (and A/C) expert. Very knowledgeable, thorough.  Can install new system, or revamp old systems.  Highly Recommended.


Steve Shiver and Chad McKey are knowledgeable, thorough, and affordable electronics experts.  They can analyze your boat's electronic systems and make recommendations for upgrading an outdated with a safe, state-of- the-art electrical system. 


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