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Shannon 39
$249,000 USD
39ft 0in

Author Ferenc Mate’ opens the Shannon Yachts chapter of “The World’s Best Sailboats” with:  My favorite boats are still long-distance cruisers that can sail the seven seas ably and with good speed, built without compromise in construction or design to serve her crew well regardless of the weather.  Walter Shulz’s Shannons fit that description to perfection.

Shannons are built to be around a long time.  Their owners are experienced, having owned two or three boats before purchasing their Shannons.  They know and appreciate the design and construction details.  Many of these boats have circumnavigated.  Built in Bristol, Rhode Island, America’s hub of quality sailboat construction, over 6500 hours goes into each Shannon 39.  These are boats of substance.

The Shannon 39 design epitomizes the evolutionary design development combining the successful elements of the earlier models; an ideal boat for a couple to liveaboard and cruise the world.  Over 120 Shannon 37, 38’s and 39’s have been built.  This design is known for exceptional seaworthiness with good all-weather speed.  Soft sections forward avoid pounding.  Aft sections are full enough for load carrying and form stability.  The long keel has good directional stability.  The high aspect centerboard provides great windward performance, shallow water access, and a flat keel bottom for careening in remote locations.  Ballast is internal.  A full skeg with propellor aperture protect the rudder and prevent crab pot entanglement.

LOON is in exceptional condition and has been lightly used and well-maintained by her first and second owner.  The original owner cruised LOON around New England during the summer and stored LOON inside a heated shed each winter.  The second owner purchased LOON on Cape Cod in 2015 and had LOON trucked to Seattle.  Electronics were updated and a diesel heating system installed.  This is the seller’s third Shannon.  His first was a Shannon 38, then a Shannon 43and now LOON.  The owner has great confidence in Shannon boats and has cruised his Shannons extensively in the Pacific Northwest including a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island and sail to Glacier Bay, Alaska and returning on the outside.  His commitment to maintenance and upkeep are evident upon inspection.   


  • New Garmin electronics in 2016
  • New bimini and mainsail cover in 2021
  • Freeman watertight hatch added in 2016 for improved engine access
  • Xantrex Linklite battery monitor in 2019
  • ProSafe FS Galvanic Isolator in 2019
  • Carbon monoxide hardwired alarm in 2021
  • Robertson hydraulic autopilot
  • Espar diesel cabin heater
  • New upholstery in 2017
  • Electric mainsail halyard winch
  • Large alternator with Balmar smart regulator
Name of vessel LOON
Model Shannon 39
Year 2002
Builder Shannon Yachts
Designer Walter Schulz & Associates
Price $249,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 39
Beam (feet) 12
Draft (feet) 4'5"-7' 8"
Displacement (pounds) 18700
Ballast (pounds) 6900
Engine model Yanmar 4JH3E
Engine horsepower 50
Engine hours 1670
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 60
Water tank capacity (gallons) 100
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 25

Deck and Hull:

LOON has a white gel coat hull with a 4” high blue boot stripe and red bottom paint.  The classic Walt Shulz-designed hull has an overhanging/flared bow and traditional transom.  Trademark Shannon scrollwork is engraved forward, and the Shannon logo is aft of a sheer bustle.  A stainless-steel rod bobstay secures the 3’ long by 14” wide teak bow sprit.  A primary and secondary anchor roller are fitted to the bowsprit.  A stainless steel-capped rub rail is fitted below the deck edge, fully protecting the hull sides on each side from piling and pier.

Constructions details:

  • Corecell linear PVC foam-cored composite hull hand laid up with isopthalic gelcoat, vinylester resin veil coat, bi-axial laminates and Kevlar hybrids
  • Internal solid lead ballast, encapsulated and sealed within fiberglass laminates(no keel bolts)
  • Reinforcing stringer grid with extra 45×45 degreee bias bi-axial laminates
  • Reinforcing laminates in the bow, keel, and transom
  • Hull to deck joint bonded and thru-bolted every 8” with bi-axial laminates backing the internal hull flange
  • Skeg mounted fiberglass rudder with stainless steel rudder post and internal reinforcing plate
  • Fiberglass centerboard with internal stainless steel skeleton and cockpit-mounted wire reel lifting winch
  • 12V Ideal H2F anchor windlass with chain and line gypsies and up/down foot control buttons on bow

Deck Fittings and Equipment:

  • Double anchor roller
  • 35# CQR anchor and 250’ of 3/8” chain
  • Anchor snubber line with stainless steel chain hook
  • Deck washdown hose fitting on bow
  • Fortress FX-27 spare anchor with red storage bag
  • Guardian G4 dinghy anchor and rode in bag
  • (6) 10” Stainless-steel mooring cleats
  • Stainless-steel open mooring chocks forward and midships
  • Stainless steel protective plates for stern mooring cleats
  • (4) 12” x 5” Hood opening ports in cabintop with insect screens
  • (4) 14” x 7” Hood opening ports in cabintop with insect screens
  • Shannon custom 28” x 28” teak and white plexiglass deck hatch over salon; double acting with ABI hinges
  • Shannon custom 26” x 20” teak and white plexiglass deck hatch over forward stateroom; double acting with ABI hinges
  • (2) 4” Stainless-steel cowl vents on teak dorade boxes with stainless steel protective guards on either side of mast
  • (2) 4” Stainless-steel cowl vents on teak dorade boxes over salon

A 3” high by 1” wide natural teak toe rail surrounds the PVC foam cored deck; hand laid up with biaxial laminates.  30” high double uncoated wire lifelines run between bow pulpit and stern pushpit.  Midships boarding gates are fitted with Johnson snap hooks.  The deck, cabintop, and cockpit seat non-skid is Shannon Model-T patterned raised diamond non-skid in contrasting beige-colored gelcoat.  Varnished teak handrails are fitted to the cabintop sides.  Low point deck drains prevent hull side streaking by draining water below the waterline.  The coachroof is well cambered and roughly 18” high.  Varnished teak eyebrow trim highlights the cabintop edge.

  • Beige Sunbrella covers for: anchor windlass (new 2021), dorade boxes, cabintop handrails, deck hatches, steering pedestal
  • Stainless-steel Nova ouboard engine crane with 3:1 Harken block and tackle
  • Edson outboard engine storage bracket on pushpit
  • Forespar man overboard pole with storage mount at shrouds
  • USA Ensign with teak flag staff
  • Mystic Marine stainless-steel swim ladder with genoa track mount

The cockpit is well-designed for sailing and lounging.  9” high coamings flare out to the hull sides from aft of the cabintop to the stern and are capped with varnished teak.  The cockpit is “T”-shaped with good access around the helm.  The settee’s measure 18” wide by 74” long with 12” high properly angled backs.  Coaming cuddies and each side are trimmed with varnish teak and nicely store line tails.  A removable teak grating in the cockpit sole, forward of the helm, covers a recently installed Freeman watertight aluminum hatch.  This hatch greatly improved access to the transmission and shaft seal.   A curved 42’ wide by 13” deep helmseat and angled sole aft of the wheel will keep the helmsman comfortable on all angles of heel.   Comfort is further optimized with an upholstered stainless-steel backrest and fold down footrest.

  • White vinyl-covered foam cockpit cushions
  • Beige canvas cockpit dodger with aft grab rail
  • Beige canvas bimini (new 2021) over helm position
  • Removable beige canvas dodger/bimini connector panel
  • (3) Wichard folding “D” rings for harness tether attachment
  • Manual Whale bilge pump in cockpit
  • Hot/cold cockpit shower
  • Edson steering pedestal with 30” Elkhide-covered wheel and engine throttle and shift controls
  • Varnished teak Edson drop leaf cockpit table folds up from steering pedestal
  • Varnished teak drinkholder (3 drinks) on pedestal guard


Cockpit storage is located voluminous in three lockers.  A propane locker with two bottles is located below the helmseat.  A shallow locker is below the port settee; an ideal location for winch handles and other “quick grab” items.  A large cockpit locker with 34” long by 13” wide opening is located below the starboard settee.  Batteries, charger, spare anchors, lines, refrigeration, starboard side engine access, and storage shelves and racks are located in this space.

Electronics and Navigation:

  • Garmin AIS 300 (2016)
  • Garmin GPS Map 7612 (2016 in cockpit)
  • Garmin GPS Map 7608 (2016 at nav. Station)
  • Garmin 18/24 xHD Radar (2016) – mast mounted
  • (3) Garmin FMX wind display (2016)
  • Garmin GMI 20 Multi display (2016 at nav station)
  • Garmin GNX 20/21 Multi instrument display (2016 at cockpit bulkhead)
  • Depth sounder
  • Depth and speed transducer
  • Simrad AP20 autopilot control in Navpod at steering pedestal
  • Simrad/Robertson J300X autopilot computer
  • Robertson RPU160 hydraulic autopilot pump and ram
  • Standard Horizon Quantum GX2360S at nav station with RAM mike in cockpit and hailer horn on mast below radar
  • Ritchie 5” Powerdamp compass on steering pedestal
  • Individual running lights
  • Masthead tri-color
  • Masthead anchor light
  • Mast mounted steaming light
  • Mast mounted deck light and spreader lights
  • 12VDC white Hela two speed cabin fans
  • Clarion AM/FM DC player with (2) BABB speakers in salon and (2) Sony marine speakers in cockpit
  • Schatz Royal Mariner Ship’s clock and barometer/thermomer set on main bulkhead


Electrical System:

  • Bass AC/DC breaker panel with DC analog voltmeter
  • Xantrex LinkLITE battery monitor
  • Blue Sea Systems battery selector switches
  • Statpower Truecharge 40 amp 12V battery charger
  • (4) West Marine Seagel 12V 97.6 amp hour batteries in house bank
  • West Marine Seagel 12V 97.6 amp hour start battery
  • 30 Amp Marinco shore power inlet
  • Marinco white 50’ 30 amp EEL shore power cord (new 2021)
  • ProSafe FS galvanic shorepower isolator (new 2019)
  • 150 Amp alternator (PowerMax 150S) with Heart smart regulator
  • SeaLand holding tank monitoring system (Tankwatch III)
  • GFCI AC outlets throughout boat
  • Cigarette style charging ports


Mechanical and Plumbing Systems:

The Yanmar engine is located below the companionway in a well-insulated box.  Removal of the upper companionway ladder allows for quick fluid and visual checks via an access panel.  Once the lower ladder section is removed, the entire front panel lifts away for front end access.  The aft end, transmission, and stuffing box are accessed from a panel in the starboard cockpit locker.  Additional access to the aft end is gained through a watertight Freeman deck hatch in the cockpit sole.  All system components are of the highest quality available for reliability.  Access is well thought out for maintainability.

  • Yanmar 4JH3-E 51 HP diesel engine with 1670 hours
  • Transmission Kanzaki KBW20
  • 3 Blade 16” x 14” fixed propeller and 1” stainless steel shaft
  • Bronze Spartan Marine prop shaft stuffing box
  • Spartan Marine bronze seacocks
  • Racor 500MA fuel filter with 2 micron element and vacuum gage
  • 57 gallon aluminum fuel tank
  • 45 gallon and 42 gallon stainless-steel water tanks
  • VDO water and fuel tank gages
  • SHURflo freshwater pump
  • Manual freshwater foot pump in galley
  • Icebox manual drain pump
  • Manual saltwater pump in galley
  • Hot water heater (5 gallon Isotemp 0151R)- engine and 110V
  • Hot/cold cockpit shower
  • Whale Gulper 220 shower sump pump
  • Raritan PEIIE electric/manual head
  • 25 gallon plastic holding tank
  • SHURflo macerator pump (3200-001 13 gal/min)
  • Whale Gulper 220 bilge pump
  • Ultra Safety Systems high bilge level alarm
  • Whale Gusher 10 manual bilge pump
  • Anchor washdown pump (SURflo-Blaster)
  • Espar D3LC diesel forced air 12V cabin heater
  • Refrigeration (SeaFrost 9077 R) Engine driven or 12VDC assist
  • Tasco three burner propane stove/oven with crash bar
  • (2) 26.2 lb aluminum propane tanks
  • Xintex S2A LPG solenoid control/alarm

Sails and Rigging:

LOON has a “Scutter” sailplan developed by Walt Schultz in 1994 as a variation of the sloop/cutter arrangement with the foretriangle of a double headsail sloop and the mainsail of a cutter.   All rigging and hardware components are top quality with a mix of Schaefer, Harken, Antal, and Lewmar components selected as “best choice” for their purpose.  The mainsail halyard and reef lines are led aft to an electric self-tailing winch on the starboard cockpit coaming.  The two headsails are roller furling and the mainsail is fitted with lazy jacks making LOON very easy to sail.

  • Metalmast Marine keel-stepped white painted aluminum double spreader mast with Antal mainsail track and car system
  • Metalmast Marine white painted aluminum boom
  • Navtec rod rigging with chromed bronze open turnbuckles
  • Fore and aft lower shrouds
  • Leather covers on spreader tips
  • Masthead pigstick halyard for burgee
  • Masthead wind direction Windex
  • (2) Signal flag halyards to lower spreader
  • 4:1 Schaefer boom vang
  • Cabintop-mounted 4:1 Schaefer mainsheet traveller
  • Schaefer 5:1 mainsheet
  • (2) Harken MKIII roller furlers for jib and genoa with control lines led aft to cockpit through Schaefer stanchion blocks
  • Facnor drifter roller furling
  • (2) Jib halyards
  • (1) Main halyard
  • Removable staysail stay and halyard
  • Swivel block and crane on masthead for spinnaker halyard (not run)
  • Boom topping lift
  • Lazy jacks
  • Split backstay
  • Track on front side of mast for spinnaker pole
  • 15’ long and 10’ long Schaefer “T” track on caprail on each side with (8) pin adjustable lead cars for jib/genoa
  • (5) Stainless-steel cleats on cockpit coaming
  • Lewmar 30ST winch on mast
  • (2) Lewmar 24 winches on mast
  • (4) Black anodized aluminum cleats on mast
  • Lewmar 44 12V electric winch on starboard cockpit coaming for mainsail halyard and reef lines
  • Lewmar 44ST winch on port coaming for mainsheet
  • (4) Lewmar rope clutches on cockpit coaming (main halyard, main sheet, and (2) reef lines)
  • (2) Lewmar 54ST primary sheet winches on cockpit coamings
  • Mainsail 422 sq. ft. (Sperry Sails, 2002)
  • The Canvas Company mainsail cover (new 2021)
  • Genoa 462 sq. ft. (Sperry Sails, 2002)
  • Yankee 168 sq. ft. (Sperry Sails, 2002)
  • Drifter (Kappa Sails, 2002)


A proper seagoing companionway provides access to the cabin.  The fiberglass overhead slider is artfully inlaid with varnished teak and rubber and fitted with a strong varnished teak grab bar aft.  Two gloss varnished sliding washboard lift out of stout channels.  An 8” high step eases passage over the 15” high stainless steel capped threshold; all designed to keep storm seas from entering the cabin.  The companionway ladder is in two sections.  Steps are vanished teak with rabbited traction grooves and black non-skid tape for traction.

Interior design, materials, and installation are executed by experienced craftsmen in a Herreshoff style with contrasting white painted surfaces and darker varnished Mahogany cabinetry.  The result is stunning, warm, and elegant.  Solid varnished Mahogany is used throughout for cabinets.  Bulkheads and cabinet boxes are staved with solid Mahogany.  Tall, contoured fiddle/handholds surround countertops and open shelves.  Large lockers have full louvered doors.  Drawer fronts are raised solid Mahogany panels.  Cabinets and lockers are fitted with positive latches.  Interior metal hardware is stainless-steel or chrome-finished.  The overhead is gloss white tongue and grove panel and the trunk cabin insides are Frosty White Formica; brightening the interior.   Varnished Mahogany overhead grab rails make for safe movement in rough conditions.  The cabin sole is ½” solid teak and holy atop marine plywood and finished with a rubbed effect varnish.  Hull side ceilings are Spruce with satin varnish.  Headroom measures 6’ 1” in the salon, 6’ in the head, and 5’ 10” in the forward stateroom.

Starting at the bow is a forward stateroom entered via a paneled bifold door to port in the main bulkhead.  The “V” berth measures 6’ 6” long by 7’ 8” aft by 18” forward.  An infill cushion and board cover a dressing seat in notch.  The 5” thick foam mattress is divided to facilitate access to storage bins below.  Upholstery is a tasteful taupe/grey fabric.  All upholstery was renewed in 2017.  Access to the divided anchor locker is through a hatch forward of the berth.   At the aft end of berth are two drawers with hinged faces.  14” wide shelves are above/outboard of the berth and fitted with a book battens on the forward half.  Aft to port is a drawer bank with locker above an open shelf.   An 18” x 10” mirror is on the aft bulkhead. 110v GFCI duplex outlet, two dome lights, two reading lights, a cabin fan, overhead hatch and two opening ports finish this stateroom.

The head/shower is to starboard and just forward of the main bulkhead.  Entry is via a bifold privacy door in the forward stateroom or from a paneled door in the forward passageway.  Bulkheads and cabinet boxes are of white laminate for ease of cleaning and trimmed with varnished Mahogany.  Forward is a vanity.  The countertop is solid surface Nevamar (similar to Corian) Fawn Mist with an integral white oval sink.  The sink measure 15” x 10” and is fitted with a soap pump and Scandvik faucet with pull out spray/shower nozzle.  A holder on the aft bulkhead hangs the nozzle/hose when showering.  A shower curtain and overhead track protect entry doors when showering.  An overboard drain pump removes water.  The Raritan electric flush head is outboard/aft.  Medicine and linen lockers are outboard.  Mirrors are fitted to the forward bulkhead and trunk cabin interior.  The sole is a combination of white tile, and removable white plastic board; forming a shower grate.  Varnished wood handrail/towel bars are secured to the aft and forward bulkheads.  Heater outlet, 110V duplex GFCI outlet, opening port, over sink bar light, overhead dome light, and cowl vent empower this space.

The salon is centrally located and optimized for offshore sailing and in port living.  A 26” long by 36” tall cedar-lined hanging locker with 27” wide by 14” wide open shelf and deep storage locker above, is located forward to port.  Dedicated storage racks for cowl vent cover plates and the emergency tiller are fitted inside the hanging locker.  Equally sized salon settees measure 78” long by 24” wide and are fitted with sculpted cushions.  Settee bottoms slide inboard forming a 30” wide berth for sleeping.  Lee cloths are fitted for offshore sailing.  Bin storage is outboard of the seat backs.  Outboard and above the settees are louvered door lockers aft and horizontally divided bookshelves forward.  Three pull out drawers are below the port settee.  Water tanks are below port and starboard settees.  A centerline drop leaf dining table measures 40” long by 43” wide and has storage racks for 14 bottles inside.  Four Frigast reading lights, cabin fan, four dome lights, stereo speakers, five opening ports, overhead handrails, overhead hatch, heater outlet, and 110V outlets complete this cabin.

The navigation station is to port of the companionway and has a 33” x 18” outboard facing chart table.  A leather-covered barrel chair rotates on a substantial pedestal mounted on a 6” high platform.  The slightly angled chart table top hinges open to access a 3” deep drawer.  A bookshelf with ships manuals is below the chart table.  Aft is a 14” wide by 40” tall hanging locker.  Navigation and communications electronics are flush mounted in a console above the chart table.  A red/white bar light is above the chart table.  An Aquasignal chart light, 12V outlet, and 110V outlet are also fitted.  A varnished binocular box is mounted immediately to port of the companionway.

A quarter berth is located to port, just aft of the companionway and nav station.  The berth measures 78” long by 44” wide forward and 24” wide aft.  The mattress is 3” thick.  A cabin fan and reading light are fitted.  The diesel tank and bin storage are below the berth.  An access panel to the steering system is aft.

The galley is to port of the companionway and well configured for meal preparation underway or at anchor.  The galley countertop is solid surface Nevamar Fawn Mist and trimmed with contoured, varnished Mahogany fiddle/handrails.  Corner relief of these fiddles eases wipe down and water drainage.  Forward/inboard an extra 18” by 12” “flip up” counter adds surface space while preparing large meals.  From forward/inboard is a bank of five drawers.  A trash bin and storage space are below the double stainless steel sink.  A large top-loading bin is outboard.  Three sliding, paneled doors close deep lockers with shelves below the deck edge.  A stove/oven gimbals inside a stainless-steel liner and is protected by a crash bar.  A hinged drawer below the stove holds pans and pots.  Aft to starboard is a huge top opening fridge/freezer.  Above the counter and recessed into the aft bulkhead is a dedicated china cabinet.


  • Double stainless-steel sink with equally sized 10” wide by 14” long by 10” deep basins
  • Grohe single lever faucet with pull out spray nozzle
  • Salt water hand pump
  • Freshwater foot pump
  • Dish soap dispenser
  • Tasco three burner stove/oven with pot clamping rails and gimbal lock
  • Padeyes and belt for cooking in extreme sea conditions.
  • Wood-trimmed cover for stove
  • 12 cubic foot fridge/freezer with acrylic sliding divider shelves
  • Seafrost holding plate 12V and engine driven refrigeration system
  • Xintex S2A propane solenoid/alarm
  • Overhead dome light
  • Flourescent over counter bar light
  • Duplex 110V GFCI outlet
  • 12V cabin fan
  • Opening cabinside port with screen


  • Lifesling
  • Sailboat “motif” throw cushions in salon
  • Books






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