SHANNON 53 HPS HULL #4
LAUNCHING DAY
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#1 Shannon 53 HPS #4 "Polaris" is loaded on the trailer of Brownell Systems of Mattapoisett, MA. Tommy Brownell is the best boat mover in the world - no hyperbole.

#2 Before the sun is up, the Shannon convoy accompanying "Polaris" rolls down the road to make the early morning moon high tide.

#3 At the boat ramp, thanks to the help of Harbormaster Joe Cabral and the Bristol, RI police department

#4 Walt Schulz boards the boat after christening her with blackberry brandy.

#5 Safely launched on a beautiful October morning on Bristol harbor.

THE CHECK OUT
#1 After the masts are rigged and stepped, "Polaris" is at the dock waiting for the owners to come in for their checkout. Besides giving people a lot of boat, Shannon also provides a lot of service. This includes checkouts of the mechanical and electrical systems, orientationof all the electronics, sailing instruction and docking drills on every Shannon. Boat dealers just give the keys to new owners and wish them good luck.

#2 Owner checkouts with Lou Couto, Shannon's chief mechanic, starting in
the bow looking at the two anchor rodes with chain in the divided chain locker.

#3 Looking at the galley plumbing hose runs. All seacocks and hoses on a Shannon are labelled for easy owner identification. Obviously this does not happen when boats are built in the Far East.

#4 Checkout continues in the engine room.

#5 Interior helm station electronics ready for the electronics checkout.

Note the bottle of blackberry brandy from Walt Schulz's christening ceremony.

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