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Old 05-11-2014, 12:58   #1
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Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

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Old 05-11-2014, 13:24   #2
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

How much do you like wood refinishing?

But I like the Shannon 39 better.

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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

This is not a good streak I am on but I have to agree once more with SB1 although the CR has always had a following.
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

What version of the CR38 are you considering? There are three major layouts and at least 4 versions.
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

It's a 1990
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

There are a lot of layouts - the CR is a semi-custom vessel so outside of the two major layouts A/B there are lots and lots of variations on the market. Very few boats are exactly the same.

Unfortunately, very very few CR's come to market. I think maybe there are 10 or 12 worldwide right now and only a very few that I would actually consider. Maybe two or three of them on the east coast of the US.
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

Shannon, hands down.
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

I think a Shannon 38 is a more fair comparison. The Shannon 39 is a bit more modern in that it's a fin keel with a skeg hung rudder. So the Shannon 39 will likely out-perform the Cabo Rico 38 in pointing, light air, and close quarters maneuvering. From an aesthetics point of view, I've never been fond of the spartan looking below decks accommodations on Shannon's. It is the classic Herreshoff style with lots of clean white surfaces and trimmed in hardwood, usually teak. Cabo Rico, in later years, also offered interiors tending toward the same style. This was an option that would lower the final price of the yacht. Some prefer that look, but I don't. I'll keep my teak forest. I find the interiors of Cabo Ricos simply stunning. But that is truly just personal preference.
From a construction quality standpoint, I've found my CR to be well built, but all old boats require some updating/refit. There are a few things which could have been done better, but they are addressable without too much pain. I've not had the opportunity to closely inspect a Shannon, but my understanding is they are very well done. I've found Cabo Rico's to sail well and to handle themselves very well in snotty conditions. They're comfortable and have good tankage. The tanks in older boats may need some work, but the benefit of fiberglass tanks is that they may be worked on in place if necessary.

At the end of the day, I think these two boats are pretty comparable. I'd pick the one that makes your heart go pitter-patter.
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

Shannons have a good reputation. Unfortunately, I understand the company is in bankruptcy.

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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

That should not affect the desirability of these well made boats.
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

Thanks for all the advice, just made an offer on the Shannon 39, hopefully it is accepted. And if so hopefully the survey goes well. If not I'm enrolling in Boat building school this coming summer.
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Re: Shannon 39 or Cabo Rico 38

The Cabo Rico 38 if you plan on doing offshore, better sea kindliness, dryer, were solid vessel.
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