-from SAILING by Chip Barber
The design goal for the Shannon 39 was to create a medium displacement boat that would accommodate the strongest construction standards in the industry, provide the necessary water and fuel capacities, and create an environment in which people could sail safely, comfortably, and quickly no matter how long the passage. The 39 has a length/displacement ratio of 243, and a sail area/displacement ratio of 17.02. The consensus of yacht designers is that boats with these mid-range figures are the best suited for long distance passage making. The safest ocean voyage is always the swiftest as long as the boat provides security and comfort even in extreme conditions.
The Shannon 39’s hull design has been proven over many ocean voyages. However, like all Shannons, the 39 hull was not designed to win around the buoys races, and no compromises were made for handicap rules or ratings. Shannons set records because they are fast, boat for boat, and because the people sailing them have the big advantage of being on a boat that will not tire them out during the passage.
The information contained within this site will highlight the design, engineering, and construction details that set Shannon apart. Specific construction features and equipment selections are presented to demonstrate Shannon's commitment to serious voyaging boats using only top quality materials and equipment.
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