Shannon Yachts

One of the design goals of the Shannon Coaster 58 was to maximize long term livability without raising the center of gravity of the yacht to the point where costly, complicated and drag-inducing active vane stabilizers would be necessary. This goal was accomplished by using the inherently stable and patented shoal draft low profile SRD Tec hull design which offers a wide beam, in combination with a “multi-level” cabin layout deck structure. The air draft or height of superstructure above the water of the Shannon Coaster 58 is only 16’9” (5.1m) which is about the same as a forty-five foot powerboat with a fly bridge, and much less than a 55-60 foot trawler’s air draft. Superstructure height above the water not only affects stability but also affects bridge clearance on the ICW, especially in Florida and other places where canals and low bridges are common. Like all Shannons, the Coaster 58 offers each owner the opportunity for 100% personal customization including layouts and interior décor choices.

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The owner’s stateroom on the upper aft level of the Shannon Coaster 58 features 270 degree panoramic water and harbor views plus total privacy. The Sopening screened windows and overhead hatches create excellent cross ventilation when the weather is pleasant and are supplemented by air conditioning and heating systems. Besides the large centerline queen berth, the full-sized dresser, drawers and hanging lockers provide for year round wardrobe needs. A spacious en suite bathroom includes an enclosed tiled shower stall. A few steps up leads to the private aft lounge sun deck which can also be protected with an extended roof for shade. At the forward end of the owners stateroom there are steps and a door that lead up to the wheelhouse.

The wheelhouse on the Shannon Coaster 58 uniquely provides 360 degree visibility from the helm station. The nine foot wide wheelhouse includes three Stidd chairs plus a raised aft bench seat. An opening skylight is located overhead for both light and fresh air. The large helm console accommodates all the latest “glass screen” navigation equipment and controls. There are doors on both sides of the wheelhouse that lead out to the upper side deck and a modified “Portuguese flybridge” forward which includes a six foot bench seat for riding outside on nice days. Outside steps located on center lead down to the foredeck. A novel feature of the Coaster 58 for a vessel under 80 feet are controls for the engines, bow and stern thrusters on the side decks port and starboard for easy docking in tight quarters. A visually dramatic wood spiral staircase located inside the wheelhouse leads down to the main salon.

The salon (really a true living room) on the Shannon Coaster 58 can be accessed by the staircase from the wheelhouse along with doors port and starboard that open to the lower side decks. Large side windows create a spacious and airy feel as well as providing views to the outside. A full-sized couch is located on the port side with end tables and two facing chairs for conversation. On the starboard side forward of the spiral staircase is the entertainment center, liquor cabinet and retractable forty two inch flat screen TV.

Aft of the salon is the day head, galley and dining area. The goal of this area was to have a specific location for food preparation and eating contiguous with the outside lower aft lounge deck for easy and enjoyable entertaining. The gourmet-designed galley includes under counter draw-type refrigeration/freezer units, stove/microwave (various choices available), dishwasher and trash compactor. There is an abundance of counter space, a large double sink, and ample dish storage lockers plus a food pantry. Across from the galley is the dining table that seats eight people with the choice of fixed settee/day berth or chairs. Aft of the galley is an informal seating area for just relaxing.

Utilizing a large sliding door, the outside lower lounge deck becomes an extension of the galley/dining area. With deck chairs and a stowable table, the lower deck is a great place to eat outdoors. The entire transom swings down to create a 14’x4’ swim platform for sunning and swimming.

Forward of the salon/living room are the guest cabins. Since every interior on a Shannon is custom designed there is limitless choice of layouts. One optional layout shown here sleeps six in three private cabins with two heads. This layout includes a VIP guest cabin with queen berth, private head and stall shower but the owner of a Shannon Coaster 58 could also select to have a workshop cabin or perhaps a laundry room forward.

There has never been a motor yacht like the Shannon Coaster 58 that offers the livability of an 80 foot plus yacht yet still is small enough to be easily handled and docked by only two people. Shannon’s international reputation for building rugged offshore yachts and its four decades of boat building experience is in evidenced throughout every aspect of the interior layout of the Shannon Coaster 58. Walt Schulz would be interested to hear of any improvements in his preliminary design that you might propose.