Season's Greetings and Happy New Year 2016
2016 is going to be a GREAT YEAR!
  • We have 3 brand new very exciting models being introduced in the new year which we will tell you all about soon. The website is being built right now!

  • The Shannon Amphfoil is just about ready for global marketing.

  • Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation is heading very nicely into the new year, thanks to the many donations from our friends who sincerely care about helping our wounded warriors and disabled people share a rewarding and fulfilling life on the water, (something we all take for granted!) Keep up with SRMHF on Facebook

  • We'll be conducting a contest to win a super beautiful Shannon-restored "Virtually New" custom 36' Downeast powerboat valued at $200,000 and all profits will go to the Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation. Imagine owning a 36' completely refitted, updated, restored Shannon powerboat for only a $200 entry fee and a winning essay! Stay tuned for more information about the contest.

We are SO looking forward to the new year, and we thank all of our friends who have supported us for the past 40+ years. We wish you all peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in 2016!










February 5, 2016 will mark the 41st anniversary of the start of Shannon Boat Company in Rhode Island by Walt Schulz, right here in Bristol. The constants here at Shannon for four decades have been uncompromising bullet-proof quality, unsurpassed custom-to-order craftsmanship, unparalleled owner service and constant product improvement. Now we are extremely pleased that we have been able to refocus Shannon to the needs of all our Shannon owners and their vessels.

In 2015, after carefully analyzing the current marine industry conditions, even though we still have people that want new Shannons, we have found it can be more cost effective for new buyers to purchase "Virtually New Shannons"--complete refits of our older fleet brought to 2016 standards and rebuilt to last until the next century. We will take an existing Shannon hull, deck and interior and build a new Shannon from the gelcoat to the smallest detail to create a vessel that is "brand new" by every definition of the word, and for a fraction of the cost of a new Shannon. We will be documenting with videos and stills (see below) our latest "Virtually New Shannon" project which is a 1986 Shannon 43 in from Texas. Check back and watch the transformation!

We will also work with current owners who are interested in modifications or complete refits and naturally, classic wood boat restoration will also be an integral part of our activity. We will be restoring a classic wood lobster boat soon to be trucked from the Chesapeake and we are looking forward to having another wood boat in our shop for beautification. Heading up this new division will be long time employee, Tom Quinlan along with the experienced Shannon people who have created the most sophisticated and complicated yachts built anywhere in the world. Our crew fully understands how a boat, any sail or powerboat, was originally designed and built "what's behind the behind", how systems are designed and installed, what parts are reliable and how to get things done right.


Contact Bill Ramos for more information

hatches removed
Planning for the work
Inside the shop
removing hardware
Preparations to begin making the Shannon 43 "virtually new"

An American Company Since 1975
Some of our friends and Shannon owners may or may not be aware that we at Shannon have been working intensely for some time to organize a non-profit charity, the Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation now that the Amphfoil project is in the investment development stage. 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.

We kicked off the program in October 2015 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. Please go to to see how you can help.

NOTE TO SHANNON OWNERS: An email/letter was sent to you October 28, 2015 notifying you of important changes in our policy concerning your boats and also informing you about our non-profit charity The Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation described in the text above. If for any reason you have not received our email or letter, or if you have recently beome a Shannon yacht owner, please click on the link below for more information. Current Shannon owners please be advised that this offer to register as a charter member in the Shannon Owners' Club has expired as of December 31, 2015. Please call or email Bill Ramos (401-253-2441, email if you missed the deadline.


Pilar takes out veterans
Walt Schulz and friends out for a ride on PILAR on a beautiful Fall New England day. Everyone had a great time!

"CAPT. MORGAN IS AT THE HELM" by David Liscio Reprint from SAILING, February 2009
Actor Morgan Freeman talks about his sailng experiences on his Shannon 38 and Shannon 43

One of the most widely read and respected sialing authors gives a review of Shannon in an excerpt from the book

DESIGN REVIEW: Shannon 53HPS, by Charles Mason, Executive Editor NEW SAILBOATS REVIEW, 2010


"SHANNON 53HPS: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW" A review by Editor-At-Large and "Boat of the Year" judge Tim Murphy CRUISING WORLD

"SHANNON 53HPS: POWER STRUGGLE" Excerpts from SAILING, February 2010, by Heather Steinberger (PDF)

"SHANNON BUILDS A BOAT FIT FOR A QUEEN" Reprint from Bristol Phoenix, January 23, 2007

"CHOOSING MY PRIDE AND JOY" by Bruce Burman. Reprint from "Cruising", Magazine of the Cruising Association

Shannon STec Technology, Inc.
STec Technology, Inc. is a division of Shannon Boat Company that has a highly trained team of employees experienced in building custom molds, tooling and engineering designs to build the new STec watercraft. Walter Schulz, founder and president, has patents a NEW water craft design using proven hydrofoil and surface effect technologies to achieve high speeds with comfort and fuel economy.

The Shannon 20' and 30' Amphfoils combine a hydrofoil design with surface effect technology to achieve speeds over 100 knots (111MPH). Imagine being able to fly a few feet on a cushion or air above the sea matter how rough the seas without any FAA regulations or aircraft pilot's license! The Shannon Amphfoil means amazing speed, comfort and pure unadultrated excitement. Stay tuned for more about the Shannon Amphfoil, with pictures and videos.

Thanks to all the investors in the Amphfoil project, we have been able to complete the first phase of the Amphfoil prototype model, the initial sea trials were outstanding, we will be filing the final patent soon and are awaiting spring here in New England to go out on the water again. Anyone wishing more information about investing in the Amphfoil project, please contact Bill Ramos.

The New Shannon Amphfoil

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
"Shannon 52 RDP "Miramar" owners Bill & Susan Forgione sailing in Oriental, North Carolina. Photo by Walter Abercrombie
Greg Souder 53HPS #4
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

Hard docking made easy with the twin screw Shannon 53 HPS

D.W. Hopkins, a friend of Shannon, shot this video of the Shannon 53 HPS with Bill Ramos behind the wheel while leaving a tight spot at the Annapolis Boat Show.

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Photos of Shannon 53HPS at the Annapolis Sailboat Show .

contributed by John Leichty

Thanks, John!


We'll be updating our Facebook page Shannon Boat Company regularly with new photos and events here at Shannon. Our owners' album is filling up with gorgeous photographs received from Shannon passagemakers around the globe. We are proud to be building yachts that take our owners safely and comfortably to all the distant places they want to go. Check it out>