Heading into the new year we are optimistic that 2017 will be the best year ever here at Shannon Boat Company. Shannon Yacht Brokerage firm is busier than ever, having new listings and more recent sales in the last few months. No brokerage firm has sold more Shannons and for a higher percentage of the asking price than Shannon Yacht Brokerage. Visit our site www.shannonyachtbrokerage.com for the latest listings, videos, and information about boats on the market. If you are thinking about selling your boat, call Bill 401-253-2441 email email@example.com for a market analysis and assistance.
With all the good fortune we have had at Shannon over the past 42 years, we believe it's all about giving back, in helping others to have a better life through the magic of the sea. Making our Hemingway sportfishing boat replica Pilar accessible for those with disabilities to enjoy has been one of the most rewarding projects in my career. Then, partnering with Harry Horgan, president of Shake-A-Leg Miami and moving Pilar to his facility in Miami was almost too good to be true. I commissioned Pilar in Florida last week and we began organizing the calendar of boat and fishing trips on Biscayne Bay for groups of autistic children and war veterans. After witnessing the joy on the faces of the children and veterans, I knew my mission would be accomplished with Harry "at the helm". In addition to Harry and his Shake-A-leg Miami crew, we were fortunate to have found and hired an Iraqi war veteran, Sean Polk, who single-handed his Bristol sailboat from North Carolina to Miami in December. Sean will be working along with Harry's people giving rides to autistic children and fishing excursions to war veterans who are mentally or physically impaired and who are facing adversity and hardship in their daily lives.
To support the program, several days a week Pilar will also be taking out the public on fishing excursions, harbor tours, sunset cruises, and much more. Pilar is the only fully accessible boat of its size in the U.S. and is located on one of the most beautiful bays in Florida. Because charter fees are actual donations to SAF for tax deduction, those who charter Pilar will be "having fun and helping others". If you are in the neighborhood stop in at Shake-A-Leg Miami and see all the wonderful things happening there or call to reserve at boat ride on Pilar.
Next on the agenda is the conversion of a Shannon Shoalsailer which was donated to SRMHF. The Shoalsailer will be renamed the Defiance 35. Because of its wide beam and stable hull design, the Defiance 35 is suitable to be converted with accessible features for the use of veterans and people with disabilities at Shake-A-Leg Miami. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Bill at Shannon.
SHANNON...NOW IN OUR 41ST YEAR! We have introduced the brand new very exciting Silver Concept powerboat models that address changes is lifestyles: a yacht for today and tomorrow. The Shannon Silver 28, Silver Sailer 35, and the Shannon Silver 38, are all leading-edge in boating for the "ageless boater".
FISHING, CRUISING AND SAILING IS STILL ATTAINABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. Correspondingly with boats for the "ageless boater", Shannon's goal is to keep everyone in boating by paving the way to the restorative powers of outdoor fresh air boating, fishing and by converting suitable pre-owned boats to adaptive boats. If you have limited mobility or are in a wheelchair and dream of fishing, sailing or cruising, we can help you find a pre-owned boat that is capable of being converted for accessible and adaptive use to fit your budge and specific needs. READ MORE>
SHANNON RIVER MARINE HERITAGE is progressing very nicely into 2016, thanks to the many donations from our friends who sincerely care about helping our wounded warriors and people with disabilities share a rewarding and fulfilling life on the water, (something we all take for granted!) The adaptive modifications for people with disabilities to our flagship Pilar are almost completed and Pilar will be ready for fishing excursions, boat rides and harbor tours. Keep up with SRMHF on Facebook and www.shannonriverfoundation.org. We will be posting our harbor tours schedule for the general public as soon as the weather warms up on www.explorebristol.ri.com. All profits from ticket sales will go to the Foundation to help keep up maintenance on Pilar and to continue getting those people with disabilities out on the water having fun. Any veterans who might who want a job in the boat industry or working on Pilar, we want to hear from you, so please let Bill Ramos know.
In looking forward to our 42nd year, we thank all of our friends who have supported us for the past 41 years. We wish you all fair winds and calm seas in your journeys.
Why the Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation?
Building yachts with an unbroken chain of management for over 40 years, Shannon has survived back-to-back recessions, economic downturns, and the crippling luxury tax of 1990 that put dozens of boat builders into bankruptcy with thousands of employees losing their jobs. Through it all Shannon is still strong and we are ready to give back! It has taken three long years to reach this juncture with the SRMH Foundation but we’re now fully underway. The focus of SRMH is to train veterans and/or persons with a disability for employment in the boat industry, and to get veterans and people with a disability out on the water sailing, boating and even fishing in custom adaptive boats. We’re going to give those much less fortunate an outdoor experience that the rest of us take for granted and also give our transitioning military heroes a career opportunity. If you are a veteran, or know someone who wants employment in the exciting boat industry, contact Bill Ramos today.
We kicked off the program in October with a boat ride for persons with a disability on Walt Schulz's latest classic wood boat restoration...a perfect re-creation of Ernest Hemingway's 1934 Pilar, a 38 foot Wheeler. Pilar has already been modified by Shannon for people with limited mobility and more features for accessibility are planned. Pilar will be the flagship of SRMH and will travel to marinas along the East Coast to promote public awareness of those facing the challenge of living daily with disabilities. Please go to www.shannon-river-foundation.org to see how you can help.
Walt Schulz and friends out for a ride on PILAR on a beautiful Fall New England day. Everyone had a great time!
Very frequently we have Shannon owners and non-Shannon owners send us pictures of Shannons that they spot all over the globe. We try to put them up on our site or on our Facebook page whenever we can. Below are two videos already on YouTube of the Shannon 53 HPS that you may enjoy. Thanks guys, keep those photos coming
Shannon 52 RDP "Miramar" owners Bill & Susan Forgione sailing in Oriental, North Carolina. Photo by Walter Abercrombie
Here's a beautiful photo taken on April 5 of Greg Souder enjoying an early Spring day on his Shannon 53 HPS, spotted by Marshall Tyler, another Shannon owner who was also on his Shannon. Marshall writes " It is spring in Oriental. Come visit anytime. This afternoon I spotted a very fine Shannon yacht heading north on the ICW at Lowlands, NC just before the Coast Guard station".
We love knowing where our Shannons are all over the world. Thanks Marshall for contributing to Shannon Spotters
Photo of Shannon 53HPS at the Annapolis Sailboat Show contributed by John Leichty
(Below) Not exactly a Shannon Spotter, but here's a marvelous view of Carl Nelson's 55HPS "MoonTide II" taken from his drone in the Bahamas yesterday. Thank you, Carl, we are duly impressed!!..(and a little jealous, too.)
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