THE KETCH RIG
The ketch rigged Shannon 38 is a "true" ketch, with a mizzen sail that is about equal to the area of the headsails. The popular definition of a ketch is simply any vessel with two masts, the smaller mast being stepped forward of the rudder post. This current interpretation of a ketch has given us a group of recent designs with such small mizzens, especially in boats under 40', that they are, in reality, just yawls. The Shannon 38 is 42'5" overall, including the bowsprit, which allows the necessary room for an adequate mizzen and total sail area.
The Shannon ketch rig, with a high aspect sail plan, sets headsails near1y as large as a sloop, which increases light air performance. When the going gets rough, the ketch can easi1y shorten down and still keep sailing. With a proper size mizzen, a ketch will balance comfortably with just the mizzen and a headsail. In addition, the mizzen mast allows the setting of a mizzen staysail which increases speed when reaching or light air sailing.
A ketch with double headsails gives the crew three self-tending sails (staysail, main, mizzen), which need little attention when coming about, plus a jib with roller furling gear that can be brought down without leaving the cockpit. A ketch rig with two sets of reefs, provides about 13 sail combinations with out a sail change or balance problem. On a sloop or yawl it is difficult to balance the rig once the original sail plan has been reefed.
A ketch rigged Shannon 38 is the ideal rig for the single hander or two person crew for long distance ocean travel in terms of versatility and ease of sail handling.
THE CUTTER RIG
The cutter, with her single main mast stepped further aft than a sloop, has reappeared after many undeserved years of non use. The Shannon 38 cutter rig was designed to carry maximum sail area utilizing the mainsail without the need to resort to large Genoas, spinnakers, "tall boys, ' and other racing headsails.
The cutter rig is very efficient on and off the wind and yet offers versatility in sail combinations. With a self-tending staysail loose-footed on a club boom, tacking and jibing becomes an easy task . In addition, the staysail stay on the Shannon can be detached, so that a light air "drifter" can be set on the bowsprit headstay and tacked easily without walking it around the staysail.
The Shannon cutter will balance with the main reefed , staysail up, and jib furled, while most sloops today that rely strictly on a large headsail to make up for small mainsails can not be balanced easily once sail area is reduced . The cutter rig can sail in and out of crowded harbors and marinas by just using the main, and yet the cutter will also "heave to" under heavy weather
conditions at sea with only the staysail up.
The cutter rigged Shannon 38 offers performance within a manageable sail plan that will carry her to distant lands and great weekend adventures.
The Shannon 38 deck layout was developed from a series of tested ideas to create a true ocean cruising yacht. The aft cockpit/trunk cabin concept has proven itself on every ocean in the world. The aft cockpit keeps the crew dry in a seaway and the trunk cabin reduces excessive and unseaworthy freeboard . Also, the trunk cabin will allow the stowage of a rigid dinghy, which
may be needed in areas with coral conditions.
As attention to the needs of the cruising yachtsman has increased, many builders are now offering a selection of cruising designs. Unfortunately, there seems to be a trend to build wide, deep, and dangerous cockpits. For inshore cruising this may be fine, but offshore a wide and deep cock pit becomes a huge tub that can easily fill with water and cause a vessel to flounder.
Hopefully, there is a compromise between a small box where feet jam and that offers no backrest, and a large and dangerous cockpit built for sitting a t the dock. The Shannon 38 provides a "T" shaped cockpit with oversized scuppers that will seat adults comfortably and yet eliminate the danger of a boarding sea. In addition, the aft helmsman seat lets you face the direction you are
going and separates the people that are "riding'.' from the people that are sailing.
The primary steering is a pedestal wheel system which has proven itself for "feel" with engine controls mounted on the pedestal. In addition, there is a quickly mounted tiller forward in the cockpit, which puts the helmsman under a dodger out of the weather.
The Shannon 38 carries a bowsprit platform, an essential feature on a cruising boat, but one which has disappeared on most designs because of rating rule concessions. The bow plat form provides simple anchor stowage and a lookout station in shoal waters. In addition to carrying a CQR and "lunch" anchor in constant readiness, the bowsprit enables the Shannon to carry its efficient double headsail rig.
THE SHANNON 38 INTERIORS
There are two ways of building an interior in a fiberglass boat. One is to build the interior conventionally, much the same as wood boats were built; the other is to drop a molded fiberglass interior into the hull and then finish it off with some wood trim.
Since everything goes into the boat at one time with the molded interior method (cabin sole, bulkheads, bunks,galley, head , etc.), speed of construction is greatly increased.
Unfortunately, since the engine, tanks, electrical wiring, and plumbing are put in first, and the interior glass unit is put over everything, in some "cases minor repairs represent major problems. In addition, condensation
becomes a major problem and hanging lockers, storage bins, and berth cushions become wet, especially in the tropics.
The conventionally built interior used at Shannon is installed a piece at a time and with the proper planning, provides access to all interior components . The use of wood below, in addition to aesthetics, also provides for the absorption of condensation and is an excellent insulation from heat and cold.
The interior in the Shannon was designed to provide maximum ventilation with twelve bronze opening ports, forward and main skylight hatches, two sets of dorade vents and louvered doors on lockers and compartments. In addition, the interior cabin sides are covered with 1/2'' thick mahogany screwed to frames laminated to the hull. The mahogany ceilings are spaced and separated from the inside hull to provide ventilation and reduce condensation.
The cabin and deck are reinforced and insulated with 1/4" end grain balsa core within a rugged fiberglass laminate to provide protection from the sun and add strength to the deck.
In the Shannon 38, each interior is hand-built using top grade marine lumber, teak, mahogany, and other hard woods. There is no wood grained wallpaper glued to bulkheads or vinyl covering on the wall. Joinerwork and tnm are glued, screwed and bunged (wood plugs), and there are no nails covered with putty. The cabin sole is 5/8" thick teak planking with holly insets. Every effort is made to create strength and beauty, so that the interior will withstand the rigors of use and the test of time. Every interior is custom built so a wide range of alternative layouts can be incorporated.
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