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Old 14-10-2009, 17:20   #16
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Location: St Marys City Md
Boat: Shannon 37 cutter
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Good selection of quality boats, capable of going anywhere. I've owned a Shannon 28 for past 18 years so I'm obviously biased, but here are a few thoughts for what they are worth. (1) I've sailed my Shannon at 7.2 kts (10.5 SOG in Gulf Stream) in 25-30 kts of wind for hours at a stretch, doing 305 miles in 50 hours; passed Cape Dory 36's offshore several times, kept up with a Valiant 37 and Hinckly 35 offshore for 36 hours, and was more comfortable than friends in an IP 31 in same conditions; not slow in my book, although they like 10 -15 kts, and they only motor at about 5.5 kts. (2) Access is good and everything can be removed for mods/repair without anything more than popping bungs. (3) Carrying a RIB would be hard if not impossible; rollup dink fits on cabin behind mast just fine. (4) Quality of workmanship and materials hard to beat; designed for serious offshore work. (5) Not as much elbow room as an IP, but I think has more usable storage (deeper lockers, cavern under V, etc).

Good luck in your search.

Bob & Chel
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