SHANNON 53 HPS CONSTRUCTION PHASE 3:
The next phase of construction is the interior woodwork installation
L settee unit in the wheelhouse
Joe Viverios constructing a solid cherry frame
Dave St. Angelo working on one of the thirty one drawers that will go into the Shannon 53. The drawers are constructed of Baltic birch which is very light and very resistant to warping.
Michael Lescault, one of Shannon's bench carpenters
Galley unit being fabricated in the cabinet shop
Here are the beautiful cherry hull ceilings being installed in the forward cabin of Shannon 53 HPS #1
These cherry frames are for the storage lockers in the forward cabin.
The lower bunk unit in the amidships off watch cabin is installed. There will be a large sliding door for this cabin that will make the seating area of the cabin open to the galley. Someone sitting in the cabin will be able to interact with someone sitting in the cabin.
Bob Santos milling some cherry
Now that we have finished the construction of the basic interior woodwork for Shannon 53 HPS #1, the ships systems, like plumbing, mechanical and electrical, willl begin to be installed.
(above) Here the twin Yanmar 110hp diesels are installed. Note the slots outboard of the motors for the trunks for the rectractable daggerboards.
(above and below) The color coded numbered tinned copper strand wiring is installed. Unlike othere boats, the wiring on all Shannons does not run in the bilges where it is wet. The wiring on Shannons is run under the side deck flange. Note the terminal strips that are located throughout the interior. It is much easier to track down a short in shorter length of wiring from terminal strip to terminal strip, rather than a 50'+ wire. There will be at least a mile of wire in the Shannon 53 HPS.
The interior is where Shannon differs from every other semi-custom yacht on the market today. Walt worked with the owners of Shannon 53HPS hull #1 to design the interior exactly as they want it.
These photos show the galley mock-up we created from Homosote for the owners to get a feel for "real" spacial relationships before the interior is built.
(left and below) Walt and carpenter, Mike Lescault, work out the details in the galley mock-up.
(left) Two Yanmar engines arrive and await unpacking for the Shannon 53HPS.
While the deck mold was being completed, the next step in the construction of Shannon 53 HPS #1 involves installation of mechanical systems.
(above left) One of the two Sealand 40 gallon holding tanks with built-in macerator pump and vent line filter.
(above right) One of the two Superstor 12 gallon hot water heaters. One of the best features of the design of the systems of the Shannon 53 HPS is the redundancy, as exemplified by having two independent water heaters so you can still take a hot shower if one of them fails.
Here is a stack of cherry in the rough waiting to be turned into the interior woodwork of Shannon 53 HPS #1
The next phase is the fabrication of the interior woodwork. The owners of Shannon 53 HPS #1 selected a classic Herreshoff look with white bulkheads and solid cherry trim. North Carolina highland cherry is a renewable domestic (not from the rain forest) hardwood. Shannon makes extensive use of solid lumber rather plywood for door frames and drawer fronts as solid lasts much longer. Components are fabricated in Shannon's cabinet shop and then installed. The parts are then removed into our dust-free varnish room, where 10+ coats of varnish Epifanes are applied, then re-installed all finished. No boat company in the world takes greater care in the interior woodwork than Shannon, and we hope that you have the opportunity to inspect the work of Shannon's finish carpenters and varnish crew on Shannon 53 HPS #1.
Cherry galley storage lockers
Curved door tops in forward cabin
Carpenter Peter Raimundo fitting the cherry louvered locker doors