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1985 Shannon 43 Ketch

US$ 189,000*
Kittery, ME
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Kittery, ME
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US$ 189,000 

A Shannon 43 ketch as exceptional as “Sonata” rarely comes on the market. For over the last decade, “Sonata” has enjoyed the best maintenance and care from knowledgeable owners and superior boat  yards, and in turn this Shannon 43 provided her owners with unsurpassed New England (never south) summer cruising experiences.  “Sonata” needs nothing and is ready now for her next chapter in another great Shannon sailing saga, with over $90,000 in recent improvements including electronics, new heads, propane system, stove, deck hatches, six AGM batteries, and bow thruster (list available) 

Specifications, Equipment and Information:



Builder: Shannon

Designer: Walter Schulz



LOD: 43'10"

LWL: 36'7"

Beam: 13'

Displacement: 27,500#

Draft: 4'9” - 8'7"        


 Engine: Nanni/Mercedes

Engine HP: 65  4500 hours 

Sidepower 8HP 12VDC bow thruster



Fuel: 100 gal

Water: 200 gal

Holding: Two Tanks 40 gal.

 ACCOMMODATIONS Forward cabin sleeps two in double berth with filler. Private entrance to forward head. Settees in main salon sleeps three: L-shaped settee to starboard converts to double berth; straight settee to port sleeps one. Private aft cabin sleeps two in double berth. Private entrance to aft head.


FORWARD CABIN Double v-berth with filler sleeps two; Storage and holding tank beneath; Shelving and custom cabinetry above port and starboard; Several lockers; White fiberglass headliner; Overhead hatch; Two opening ports; Separate entrance to forward head; Aqua color tweed cushions;


FORWARD HEAD Located to starboard immediately aft of forward cabin; Double entrance; Single stainless steel sink with vanity - storage beneath; Separate stand-up shower stall with hand-held shower and teak grate; Shower sump discharges overboard. Marine toilet with holding tank plus y-valve for overboard discharge; Deck pump out; Full length mirror; Linen and sundries lockers;


PASSAGE WAY Tall cedar-lined hanging locker in passageway; drawer bank with locker; Mast enclosure;


MAIN SALON L-shaped settee to starboard - converts to double berth; pull-out single settee to port; Storage compartments behind both settees; Shelves and lockers outboard of both settees; Three drawers beneath port settee; Water tank (50 galllons) beneath starboard settee; Fixed centerline double-leaf dinette table with center storage; White fiberglass headliner; Two overhead hatches with screens; Overhead handrails; Seven bronze Spartan opening ports with screens;;


GALLEY U-shaped; Located to starboard forward of companionway; Double stainless steel sink; Moen telescope mixing faucet; Manual Separate fresh water spigot with Seagull filter; Accumulator tank; Manual fresh water foot pump; Raw water pump with separate spigot; Three burner propane stove and oven - two 10# tanks; Top and side loading loading ice box with Sea Frost dual holding plate 110v - engine drive refrigeration/freezer - drains with manual pump to sinks; Four drawer storage bureau; Storage drawer beneath oven; Cabinets above and outboard; Butcher block Formica counter tops; Opening port;


NAV STATION Located to starboard immediately aft of galley - faces aft; Swivel seat with backrest; Lift-top chart table; Instrument array panel; AC-DC panel; laptop shelf; Two drawers; locker with shelves; Clock and barometer; pantry locker.


AFT HEAD Located to port at companionway; Two door entrance: from main salon and aft cabin; Single stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water service; Vanity with storage beneath sink; Sundries lockers; Full length mirror; Separate stand-up shower stall with handheld shower head and teak grate; marine toilet with holding tank plus y-valve for direct overboard discharge; Deck pump-out; Opening port;


PRIVATE AFT CABIN Located to port; Separate entrance to aft head; Double berth with insert; Four drawer bank; Cedar-lined hanging locker; Opening port; overhead hatch; water tank (100 gallon) and small storage area under berth; access panel aft for generator;


INTERIOR APPOINTMENTS Satin varnished teak joinery throughout; Solid teak and holly cabin sole with large access hatches; TV and AM/FM/CD  Two oil lamps; Espar 12VDC forced air diesel heater ducted to all cabins.


DECK Teak bow platform with dual stainless steel anchor rollers; Twin anchor rode deck pipes; Two large foredeck cleats with chocks; Stainless steel bow and stern double rail pulpits; stern boarding gate with fold-down boarding ladder on transom; Twin amid-ship cleats port and starboard with toe rail chocks; Stainless steel stanchions with boarding gates port and starboard; Double lifelines; Teak hand rails on cabin top; Four chrome cowl vents with dorade boxes; Stainless steel folding side boarding ladder; Dunnage box on cabin top; Dinghy chocks;


GROUND TACKLE 45# CQR with 150’ x 3/8" chain and 100’ x 5/8” nylon rode; Fortress FX37 with 20’ x 3/8”  chain and 300’ x 5/8”  nylon rode; Paul Luke 85#  3-piece fisherman anchor with 20’ chain and 300’ nylon rode; Ideal 12VDC ACHW ectric windlass (rebuilt) with chain and rope gypsies;


COCKPIT Full length seats port and starboard with lockers below; T-shaped helm section in stern; Helm seat - with propane storage beneath - Two tanks; Helm step platform; Bridge deck forward; Pedestal mounted wheel steering; teak capped cockpit coamings with cubby storage; Dodger and bimini with connector and clear panel full enclosure; Sliding companionway hatch with sea hood; Teak companionway drop boards - with convenient storage rack; Companionway louvered screen doors; Companionway screen; Teak grate with life raft storage compartment below; Folding teak cockpit table with drink & binoculars holder; cockpit cushions.


SPARS AND RIGGING Double headsail ketch rig; Sail area 970 sq ft; awlgripped aluminum spars; Main is keel stepped; Mizzen is stepped in cockpit on reinforced bridge; Navtec stainless steel rod rigging; two Harken roller furling for headsails; Harken adjustable mainsheet traveler on cabin top; Quick release inner forestay; Club boom for hank on staysail; Boom crutch for main; Separate storm jib track; Running backstays for mizzen;


LEWMAR WINCHES Two 55 CST two speed primaries; One 43 CST two speed secondary and one 46 CST two speed for main sheet; Two single speed 6C traveler winches on cabin top; Mainmast winches include: two 30 CST,one16C and one 24C two speed halyard winches; one 8C on main boom; two 8C on mizzen mast and one 6C on mizzen boom;


SAILS Total of Ten: Main with Dutchman; Mizzen with Dutchman ; 140% genoa; 100% tri-radial Mylar composite jib; Yankee working jib; club staysail; Storm jib; Storm trysail; Mizzen staysail; Asymetrical spinnaker with ATN sock;


AUXILIARY DIESEL Nanni/Mecedes 65hp 4-cylinder, FWC; Aquamet stainless steel shaft; Three blade fixed bronze prop with line cutters; Racor dual primary fuel filters;


DIESEL GENERATORWesterbeke 3 cylinder, 5KW; Racor fuel filter; Oil change hose;


TANKAGE 100 gal of fuel in three  ( replaced in 2003) aluminum tanks; 200 gal of water in three stainless steel tanks – keel water tank (replaced in 2004); Two holding tanks with deck pump out and y-valves for overboard discharge; Manual overboard pumps both holding tanks; 110v hot water heater with engine heat exchange system;


PLUMBING Hot and cold pressure water service to galley plus both heads and showers; Two electric bilge pumps; Manual bilge pump; Raw intake pump for main engine can be used as emergency bilge pump; Deck wash down fore and aft; Spartan bronze sea cocks with double hose clamps


AC-DC ELECTRICAL 120 VAC shore power and 12 VDC systems; Bass distribution panel with master and individual breakers; Shore power cord; battery charger with external smart regulator; Westerbeke 5KW generator; Powermax 120ampengine alternator;  Battery selector switch; Alternator control; Battery monitor; 12VDC navigation and running lights; 12VDC interior lighting; red/white lights in galley and aft head; 110VDC GFI outlets;


ELECTRONICS/NAVIGATION Ritchie 6" pedestal mounted compass; ICOM MC-502 VHF at nav station with control mic in cockpit; ICOM IC 728 HAM/SSB with insulated mizzen stay antenna; Raymarine E80 and E120 plotter/radar/GPS; Raymarine ST6002 autopilot with Lewmar electric drive; Raymarine ST60 knot meter-distance log, depth sounder; wind speed and direction.


SAFETY AND SURVIVAL Emergency tiller; Assorted life jackets; LifeSling;


CONSTRUCTION Hand laid-up (no chopper gun)  molded fiberglass hull with white gelcoat, biaxial laminates, vinylester veil coat and closed cell PVC Airex linear foam core; Raised teak toe rail with stainless steel striker; Teak rub rail with stainless steel rub rail;  Hand laid-up molded fiberglass deck - white gelcoat, biaxial laminates, Dyvinylcell cross -linked PVC foam core (no balsa) with contrasting tan diamond -pattern nonskid; Deck is adhered to the hull with Sikaflex  and mechanical fastened with thru-bolts to hull flange; Modified performance cruising hull design  keel (cutaway forefoot and cutaway in front of the ruder skeg) with encapsulated solid lead internal ballast (no keel bolts); Centerboard cavity in keel; Skeg hung rudder; Pedestal mounted wheel steering with cable and quadrant and emergency tiller; Keel stepped mainmast; Mizzen stepped in cockpit with compression bridge; solid teak and holly double-screwed cabin sole;


MISCELLANEOUS Docklines, fenders, extensive spare parts, safety equipment, Baha fuel filter; Two Sporta-seats; two boarding ladders; screens for all ports and hatches,etc.


Maintenance records available on request


Please contact Shannon Brokerage at 401-253-2441

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