February 5, 2015 will mark the 40th 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, it's with great pleasure that we are announcing that we have formed a new division of Shannon Boat Company, and are refocusing the Shannon Boat Company business model.

Going forward our mission will be the "Virtually New" Shannon Boat Company. 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 2015 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.

Our new division 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. Heading up this new division will be long time employees, Tom Quinlan and Luis Couto 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. Of course, Walt Schulz will be involved in the "Virtually New" division of Shannon Boat Company, as well as the development of newer more efficient and less costly methods for preserving classic wood yachts for decades to come.



"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

First Look: Defiance 46

excerpt from POWER & MOTORYACHT, September 2013

"Chances are you’ve never seen anything quite like the Defiance 46 from Shannon Yachts. Sure her profile looks conservative and straightforward, but it conceals some creative propulsion ideas and a running surface you’ll want to know about ". Learn more here.➤

Tested: The Shannon Defiance 46
April 2014

"This Down East-inspired cruiser has some secrets below the waterline that dial up her effiency. Check out the Defiance 46 by Shannon Yachts and prepared to be surprised."

"Chances are you’ve never seen anything quite like the Defiance 46 from Shannon Yachts."

Read our full test of her here.➤

VIDEO BONUS: Click to see a video as we talk boat design with Walter Schulz of Shannon Yachts. ➤

New Launch: Shannon 38 HPS

Still going strong, Shannon launches their latest cruiser. Learn more here>
by Herb McCormick

Why Compromise? (Shannon 38 HPS)>
by Jen Brett, March 2014

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The new Shannon Defiance 46 with extended hardtop and flybridge powering on Mount Hope Bay, Rhode Island
The beautifully sleek look of the new Defiance 46 with extended hardtop
The 38 HPS is a bold departure from conventional sailboats. With an inside helm and high stability hull, the 38 HPS is extremely fast, ocean ready, and comfortable for long distance passages. The Shannon 38 HPS has 2'6" draft and twin diesels, sloop or scutter rig. Read about the new Shannon 38 HPS>
Shannon 38 HPS

The Shannon 38 HPS sailing on a cold and windy November day in Mt Hope Bay before she heads south for the winter. If you would like to arrange an inspection and seatrial on the Gulf Coast this winter, contact Bill Ramos.

photo by Billy Black

....It's all about "Getting There"

On September 28, 2012 Walt and his crew, Luis Couto, Rick Frazier and Tom Sullivan delivered the Shannon 52 RDP from Bristol, Rhode Island to Annapolis, Maryland for the boat show. Despite the good forecast, they ran into heavy weather and rough seas right outside of Newport, but the crew stayed warm and comfortable in the wheelhouse. It's times like these that the inside helm station on the 52 RDP is worth its weight in gold!


Below are some photos and caption submitted by owners Bill and Susan Forgione downloaded from after the race in the 2014 Leukemia Cup Regatta. It looks like it was a great race and a great day for "Miramar" and her crew.

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52 RDP
"But for losing the Genoa, I think we would have placed. We took 5th despite the 120 PHRF rating and starting 20 minutes after the boat that took 1st in the pursuit race. Despite loss of Genoa, we still passed a number of boats with just the Yankee and Mizzen staysail. "--Bill Forgione

Video: The Shannon Owners' Experience

Knowledgeable, experienced sailors know that foreign builders cannot compete with the excellence and the value offered by a quality American boat builder like Shannon. One of the most important reasons to buy an American built boat is that the same people who built the boat are available in person to deliver the boat to the new owner and to provide technical assistnce in all aspects of operating the new vessel. We have just completed a new DVD of the recent delivery and owner check-out of Shannon 53 HPS. You may watch the video below now, or request your own DVD from Read about the Shannon Owners' Experience more>

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!
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"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>