1988 Shannon 28

US$ 79,500
Marion, MA
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Shannon 28 Cutter Rigged Sailboat

Year: 1988

Price:  $79,500 US

Located:  Marion, MA

Hull Material: Fiberglass

Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel




Pride of ownership is clearly evident in this Shannon 28 fully equipped by knowledgeable owners for coastal and blue water cruising. She is built with the skill and quality materials that are hallmarks of Shannon Boat Company of Bristol, RI , as confirmed by owners worldwide including the legendary Monk Farnham who set two Guiness records on board his Shannon 28, and by Ferenc Mate’ in his book The World’s Best Sailboats. "Samara" is for the sailor who values quality and safety.


"Samara" has an efficient cutter rig, with new main sail, furling headsails, and drifter/reacher plus all new running rigging, that makes for comfortable handling in all wind and sea conditions and surprisingly fast passages thanks to her generous sail area and long waterline. Down below, her Herreshoff-style interior makes "Samara" airy and bright. She sports new cushions, and is so well equipped and with generous storage that she is ideal for both extended bluewater world cruising and living aboard, or pleasurable summer day sailing with an occasional overnight.


The last Shannon 28 built, "Samara" has been lovingly cared for by her owners and her condition and updates defy her age. It would cost $500,000 today to duplicate "samara" and all her features.  She is a “must see” for discerning sailors for whom the beauty and craftsmanship of a classic yet modern vessel is all part of the sailing experience.


Fall in love with "Samara". You’ll be glad you did.


Boat Name


Builder: Shannon Boat Company

Designer: Walter Schultz

Modern Hull Shape: Displacement, with cutaway forefoot and rudder skeg

Rudder:  Stern mounted on protective skeg



LOA: 30 ft 6 in

Beam: 9 ft 6 in

LWL: 23 ft 0 in

Length on Deck: 28 ft 2 in

Maximum Draft: 4 ft 3 in

Displacement: 9300 lbs

Ballast: 3600 lbs

Headroom: 6 ft 2 in


Engine Brand: Yanmar

Engine Total Power: 24 HP

Engine Model: 3GM30F, 3 cylinder

Engine Type: Inboard

Drive Type: Direct Drive

Propeller: 3 blade propeller

Year Built: 1988

Engine Hours: 1328

Condition:  Excellent

Fuel Usage:  0.5 gallon/hour (average on 2 week cruise)



Fresh Water Tanks: 3 Stainless steel (60 Gallons Total)

Fuel Tank: 1 Aluminum (20 Gallons)

Holding Tank: 1 PVC (20 Gallons)



Number of single berths: 2

Number of double berths: 1

Number of cabins: 1

Number of heads: 1


 Full Specifications


Mechanical and Electrical Equipment

24 HP Yanmar 3 cylinder diesel model 3GM30F with access from cockpit lockers and cabin

Engine control panel in cockpit with tachometer and light/alarms

Fresh water cooling

Raw water intake strainer

Racor fuel/water separator filter

Seafrost refrigeration with engine driven compressor

Espar diesel powered heating system

CNG gas 2 burner stove with oven and solenoid switch

110 volt AC shore power system and AC outlets in cabin

Water heater with 110 volt heating element and engine heat (2009)

12 volt DC ships system with auxiliary outlets in cabin and cockpit

2 house batteries -- 100 AH AGM each (2009)

2 engine start batteries --100 AH AGM each (2009)

Battery charger

Electric bilge pump with auto/manual control

Electric CNG shutoff valve

AC & DC electrical panels with circuit breakers

Fuel level indicator on fuel tank and in cabin

Propane/CNG, fire, and CO monitors and alarms in cabin

Pressure hot and cold water

Waste tank level indicator with electric/key control and pump for offshore pumpout

All seacocks are bronze tapered barrel type

Navigation lights

Mast top LED navigation and anchor light

Fireboy system in engine compartment


Rigging, Sails & Canvas

Keel stepped mast with single spreaders

Aluminum mast,  boom, and staysail boom

Stainless steel wire standing rigging

Harken roller furling systems for jib and staysail with Schaffer and Harken blocks

Self-tending staysail boom and FICO traveler with track mounted on coach roof

Recessed FICO boom traveler mounted on cockpit bridge deck with 4 part Harken mainsheet system

Extra-long Schaffer 1-1/4” jib tracks on toe rails with Schaffer blocks

Schaffer and Harken sail hardware

All new NE Ropes, NovaBraid and Samson running rigging

Lewmar self-tailing #40 jib sheet winches and bronze cleats

Lewmar self-tailing #30 staysail sheet winch

Lewmar self-tailing mainsail halyard winch

Full batten mainsail with 2 reef points – Quantum/Thurston (2013)

Staysail --Quantum/Thurston (2013)

Yankee jib -- Quantum/Thurston (2013)

Drifter/Reacher with ATM sock -- Quantum/Thurston (2013/2014)

120% Genoa  Jib -- Thurston (2002)

Dodger -- Thurston Canvas (2006)

Cockpit awning attached to dodger with side and aft panels (2003)

Mainsail cover

Binnacle/wheel cover -- Thurston Canvas (2012)

Padded steering seat cover -- Thurston Canvas (2012)

Steering bimini with connecting awning to dodger – Thurston Canvas (2015)



Garmin GPSMAP 740S Chartplotter - 7" WVGA color display at helm with wind direction/speed/depth/radar (2011)

Garmin GMR18HD Radar (2011)

Garmin GMI10 display on cockpit bulkhead (2011)

NMEA 2000 network (2011)

Garmin GWS10 mast top windspeed/direction sensor (2011)

Airmar DST800 depth/speed sensor (2011)

VHF radio in cabin

USB charger in cabin


Ground Tackle

Ideal electric windlass with foot switch

Bow sprit with 2 anchor rollers and hawse pipes to split anchor locker

25# Manson Supreme anchor with 40' chain and 250' of 8 plait rode

10KG Bruce anchor with 40' chain and 150' rode

Fortress anchor with 20’ chain and rode


Outside Equipment

Double bow rail and stern rail

Double lifelines

Lifeline gates port and starboard

Folding stainless steel boarding/swim ladder with teak steps on port side

Large foredeck hatch with solar vent and custom screen

2 bronze cowl vents to cabin on teak dorade boxes

6 bronze opening ports with screens

Companionway teak hatch and hatch boards

Custom companionway teak hatch drop-in screen

Pressure wash down in cockpit

Manual bilge pump in cockpit

Varnished teak toe rails and rub rails

Bronze deck cleats and chocks

Edson pedestal steering with engine controls

Edson 24" wheel with elkhide cover

Yanmar engine control panel

Varnished cockpit table with cover

Custom removable teak helm seat with padded cushion




Gimbaled, two-burner CNG range and oven and solenoid switch

Two CNG tanks stored in cockpit locker

Cook top tray and unique pull out support so it functions as additional countertop

Deep sink with hot and cold pressure faucet

Manual water pump at sink

Deep double (freezer and refrigerator) ice chest with SeaFrost system and drain pump

Custom dish racks

Pot locker

Multiple storage lockers as well as drawer beneath stove


Miscellaneous Equipment

Brass clock and barometer in cabin

Boat hook

3 fenders with covers

4 dock lines

2 jack lines

2 snatch blocks

Life preservers

2 life rings mounted on stern rails

MOB rescue block and tackle

Magma propane gas grill with cover

Shore power cord

Tapered pine seacock plugs

Collapsible radar detector

2 bronze winch handles

2 floating winch handles

Ships bell

Emergency tiller



The interior of "Samara" is finished “Herreshoff style” in beautifully varnished teak and white laminates for a more spacious feeling. It is configured in Shannon's "A" layout.


Starting forward, there is easy access to the split anchor locker. Next are V-berths with storage under and shelving and lockers along the V-berth’s length. A generous hatch with solar fan and screen and adjacent cowl/dorade vents ensure superior ventilation even on the warmest nights. A unique design for storage of the filler cushion and board results in an additional seat that is convenient at the dining table. Beneath the insert is generous storage.


The main cabin has settee berths port and starboard. The berths slide inboard, and together with alcove foot extensions they form two more adult-size berths. Beneath these extensions and behind the back cushions you will find additional storage. There are custom shelves and lockers above and outboard of the settees and water tanks under. A custom slide out chart table is located on the starboard along with auxiliary equipment controls.  The chart table, which is handy to the galley, provides additional counter space.  A custom teak, drop leaf table is ideal for dining below without obstructing movement in the cabin. Aft of the port berth is a hanging locker with deep shelving and counter top, followed by an enclosed head area.


The head includes a marine toilet with holding tank and waste treatment system, as well as a waste system monitor and key switch control for overboard discharge when permitted. There is also a vanity with a sink and hot and cold pressure water. There is an opening port in the head and numerous lockers for storage.


Opposite to starboard is the well-appointed galley. The deep sink is forward, served by hot and cold pressure water. The two-burner CNG gas stove with an oven is located between the sink and the ice box.  The large, thickly insulated ice box, which has a Sea Frost freezer and refrigeration system, is aft. There are numerous lockers for storage and a unique shelf beside the sink that uses the stove cover for additional counter space. An opening port offers good ventilation.


Behind the companionway ladder is the AC/DC electrical panel, engine access door, VHF radio, and storage bin for tools, etc.


Six bronze portholes with screens ensure that the cabin is always bright and well-ventilated. Interior lighting includes overhead fixtures, LED reading lights above settees and in the V-berth and under-counter galley lighting. The cabin sole is teak and holly. Stereo/speakers add ambience to the truly lovely cabin.



The Shannon 28 is extremely well constructed and built with the integrity of all of the larger Shannons.  "Samara" was built using NPG-iso gel coat and vinylester outer skin laminates. Also her deck is PVC foam cored instead of less expensive balsa core that can absorb water. As the last  Shannon 28 built, she received many custom cabinetry features.


Every year Samara receives the best of preparation for each season with full mechanical and rigging services, fresh bottom paint, complete exterior varnish, and the hull, deck and stainless buffed and waxed.


Recent additional work on "Samara" includes:


New lifelines (2001)

Lifeline stanchions rebedded (2001)

Bottom stripped and barrier coated with Interprotect (2008)

Water heater replaced (2009)

Chain plates rebedded (2010)

Fire extinguishers (2012)

Head faucet (2012)

Pressure washdown in cockpit  (2012)

Waste holding tank and hoses (2012)

Manson Supreme anchor, chain and rode (2012)

Steering seat cushion (2012)

Binnacle/steering cover (2012)

All new sails (2013)

All new running rigging and miscellaneous sail hardware (2013)

All new dock lines (2013)

Cabin stereo (2013)

Head pump (2013)

Engine exhaust elbow (2013)

Test & service engine injectors (2013)

Clean cooling system & heat exchanger (2013)

Update Fireboy engine fire system (2013)

Cabin and V-berth cushions (2013)

Cockpit table cover (2014)

Anchor sail and fittings (2014)

Propane/CNG detector (2014)

Smoke alarm (2014)

V-berth hatch solar vent (2014)

Reicher clinometer (2014)

Replace all engine mounts (2013/2014)

Engine lift pump (2015)

Overhaul Espar cabin heater (2015)

LED mast anchor and tricolor light (2015)

Bimini over steering seat (2015)


















Please contact Bill Ramos at 401.253.2441

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