” The Shannon 38 is a good option for a couple who want an affordable cruising boat that can take them anywhere.

Wanigan, Shannon 38’

Interview with the Captain – Sam Pollard

About the Boat

Why did you choose to buy a Shannon?
Shannon’s are good quality boats well suited for offshore sailing, which is something I’d like to do more of. The cutter rig offers a versatile sail plan, and the full keel is less prone to snagging lobster pots. I chose this particular Shannon because it was local and a good buy, or so I thought at the time!

What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
I looked at a wide variety of boats ranging from old classics to J Boats. In the end I settled on the Shannon because I liked the style and it fit my needs more than other boats on the list, and it also fit my mooring.

How did you come to find/locate her before purchasing (and what’s the boat’s history if you know it)?
It was private sale that I found on craigslist. She was located in Taunton, MA and had been sitting on the hard for three or more years. I am the third owner. The previous owners had the boat for about 30 years, and the first owner had her for a short time before upgrading to a larger Shannon.

What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
In addition to a number of cosmetic improvements, system updates, and a bottom job, I have added an autopilot, solar, chartplotter, all new running rigging etc. Next on the list is an AIS transceiver and dinghy davits.

What are the features you like most about your boat?
I really like the roomy cockpit which is great for dinner aboard with friends, and I enjoy the nice teak interior. I also like the cutter rig for its versatility in different weather conditions.

Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
My brother-in-law built a large sailboat which he and my sister cruised on back in the eighties. In 1989 I joined them for two weeks in the Bahamas, and that was it. I was hooked.

Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating/sailing organizations?
Boston Yacht Club

What boats have you previously owned?
Sea Sprite 23, Sabre 34, Express 37, and a Bristol 41.1.

How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
When I’m not working on it, I use it mostly for day sailing and overnights, with an occasional week away. I’m targeting a longer trip to Maine this coming season and some extended trips in the future. I also enjoy spending evenings on the mooring watching the harbor activity and having dinner aboard.

What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
I am more of a DIY owner and finding the time is the biggest challenge.

Do you have any notable boating resources you use?
Harbormoor, of course.

Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Shannon like yours?
The Shannon 38 is a good option for a couple who want an affordable cruising boat that can take them anywhere. My advice is to spend a little more for one that has been well maintained and updated by previous owners. They are older boats so maintenance history is important, and having to catch up on deferred maintenance can be difficult and expensive.

What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
Wanigan is derived from an Algonquin term that is used in the Pacific Northwest to describe a small, portable cabin either on skids for logging, or on a barge. When I was very young we lived in a Wanigan in Alaska, and that experience seems to fit this boat.

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