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Shannon Shoalsailer 32

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All variable-draft boats depend on a fully deployed keel for windward performance. Walt Schulz of Shannon Yachts set himself the challenge of designing a 32-foot cruising boat that would sail to windward without drawing more than 30 inches. The result is the Shannon Shoalsailer, and Schulz's beamy design with dual shallow-draft bilge boards reportedly does just that. Schulz says the hull shape is his secret weapon. Once you sail into that shallow gunkhole, the Shoalsailer's large cockpit and wide-open accommodation plan is designed to provide a very comfortable night on the hook. Price: $213,000 (sailaway, FOB Bristol, RI). Shannon Yachts, 401-253-2441

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