Shannon 43' wheelhouse.
I'm only new here but not new to boats. The centerboard
issue goes on and on and so do a lot generalities.
I'm sure the core
of the issue regarding centerboards on a cruiser is good design and construction.
I do like Shannons but boy, they are not cheap!
Almost 75% of Shannons have a keel/centerboard configuration. Experienced owners have chosen a centerboard
because of the reduced draft
is a real issue in practically every part of the world. Carrying over 6' foot of draft
on a vessel precludes many of the pretty cruising places like the Bahamas
, the Florida Keys
, the Chesapeake, northern Europe
and many others. The centerboard design and engineering on a Shannon is perfect for exploring. For instance, the centerboard and its pin on a Shannon can be removed without hauling the boat. The lifting mechanism is a simple-to-use and easy-to-maintain cable lead to winch
in the cockpit
. There are no complicated hydraulic arms holding the board down on a Shannon, so the board is free to swing up if the bottom is encountered. Once again, the keel/centerboard design on a Shannon has been real world tested and proven since 1981.
Sailboat keels and centerboards