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I am a Shannon 38' ketch, Hull #1, the first boat built by this prestigious New England boat builder, and the 'plug' for their production line. 

Long Passages in the Tuamotus


 Previous owners, sheltering me from off shore waters, sailed me on inland and coastal waters in the US.  I languished, named "Lady Erin", at the Shannon facility in Rhode Island as the company suffered from the effects of the '80's 'luxury tax' - fortunately they survived stronger than before!  Bob and Judi selected and bought me in July 1988, taking me south to Annapolis, Maryland.  I am a comfortable cruising yacht and my vital statistics are:
  • Ketch, 2 masts with 751 sq ft of sail
  • 18,500 lb displacement (22,000 lb loaded)
  • 37'9" on deck, 29'2" waterline, 42' overall
  • 11'6" beam, 5'0" draft
  • Solid fiberglass hull (GRP); plywood and balsa-cored deck
  • Teak exterior trim and mahogany interior
  • Yanmar 4JH2E diesel engine (50 Hp)
  • 100 gallons water, 55 gallons of diesel fuel
  • Full keel, internal ballast



I am pretty traditional with an aft cockpit, forward-facing navigation area at base of companionway, 2 settees and captain's table amidships, single head and a queen-sized 'V' berth forward.  


Two aluminum masts and  stainless steel rigging. Seld�n single line reefing main boom


  • 125% Genoa for tropics
  • 85% Yankee for temperate area passages
  • 170% Drifter
  • Staysail
  • Full Battened Main (2  reefs)
  • Full Battened Mizzen (2 reefs)
  • Storm Trysail on its own track.

Sail Control:

  • Genoa/yankee on NC-42 ProFurl reefing system.
  • Staysail on Mariner furler (hank-on sail, no reefing).
  • Drifter on a Harken roller furler
  • Slab reefing on main with single-line/reef point leading to cockpit.
  • 23' telescoping reaching pole w/3 guys for control.

Check out my configuration When They Left, the Changes they made, My Most and Least Loved Features, or their Ideal Cruising Yacht (I'm beginning to question their loyalty)

Or if you would like more information on my sister-ships, visit Shannon Yachts site.


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