Carolina Wind Yachting Center



Colleen Mae



Sail - Ketch - CB
Shannon Yachts
Walter Schulz
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Hull Material:
27,500 lbs
Bridge Clrnc:
4' 9"/8' 7"
10,000 lbs
Beta 50 (New 2012)
47' 6"
100 gal
Engine Hours:
36' 9"
200 gal
50 hp
13' 5"
35 gal    


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The Shannon 43 has been described as the ultimate long-distance short-handed passagemaker. Walter Schulz's design features and Shannon's construction are remarkable, and the 43's classic lines have been turning heads for nearly three decades.

Colleen Mae is a fully equipped and beautifully maintained example. Stepping aboard, you'll notice an abundance of cruising gear including a bimini and dodger with full enclosure for the spacious cockpit, air conditioning, and diesel heater. She has a new diesel engine and fuel tanks, and the rest of her systems and gear have been replaced and upgraded regularly. See the equipment list below for details.

The centerboard keel provides excellent stability and upwind performance while drawing less than 5 feet, allowing access to anchorages and harbors where other boats this size must anchor farther out. The ketch rig with twin headstays and club-footed staysail is ideal for short-handed sailing and flexible for a wide range of wind conditions.

This is truly a boat that will carry you over the horizon and return you safely home. She is located on our dock here at Carolina Wind Yachting Center in Washington, NC. Contact us at 252.946.4653 to arrange a visit.


Stepping down the companionway, the nav desk and galley are to starboard, with the private aft cabin to port. Just forward of the aft cabin is a head with separate shower stall. Two medicine cabinets and additional storage reside under the sink. Each Shannon 43 is different as the interiors were custom-built to the specifications of the original owners. Colleen Mae has a white fiberglass grooved headliner with removable sections and teak battens. The joinery of the teak interior exhibits the New England tradition of fine craftsmanship.

The main saloon has an entertainment center with stereo and Boston speakers. The L-shaped settee to starboard converts to a double berth, and the straight port settee also pulls out to form a double berth. Both are equipped with leecloths and have storage behind the backrests. The double-leaf dining table has two centerline storage compartments, and there are more storage lockers and shelves outboard of the settees. The interior cushions were new in 2005 and are in good condition.

Forward of the saloon on the starboard side is the forward head, which also has a separate shower stall and additional storage. The V-berth master cabin forward has a custom foam mattress (new 2010) with filler section creating a king-size berth, with shelves outboard and lockers below.


The U-shaped galley with galley strap is ideal for cooking safely at sea, allowing the chef to brace himself securely on all points of sail. Counter space and storage abound, including outboard lockers with sliding doors, a bank of drawers, additional locker space below the counters, and built-in storage for dishes, cups, and pans.

The refrigerator/freezer features both front and top loading for convenient access and cooling efficiency. There are two separate refrigeration systems: a Seafrost engine driven twin holding plate system, refurbished in 2012, and a Seafrost 110V refrigeration system. The stainless steel Force 10 3-burner stove with oven was new in 2006. The double stainless steel sink has hot and cold pressure water.


12V DC and 110V AC electrical systems with breaker panels and monitor gauges
12,000 BTU Webasto Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner, 2010
Two 30A shore power inlets, one for house, second for A/C
3000W Full Sine Wave inverter
Heavy duty 125-amp alternator
3-step regulator with battery condition gauge
Two 48W solar panels with amp meter and regulator
Electrical bonding system
Six Group 31 AGM batteries for house bank, NEW 2014
One Group 31 AGM start battery, NEW 2014
Battery charger


Furuno 1800 color chartplotter, 2005 (NavNet chips from Jacksonville to Maine)
Simrad AP26 hydraulic autopilot (2005) with Remote Control AP22
Litton 406 EPIRB (nav station)
Furuno LCD radar, 1995
ICOM M56 primary VHF radio
Standard Horizon VHF radio (cockpit)
Datamarine control panel speed and distance log
Datamarine wind speed indicator with NMEA output (cockpit)
Datamarine depth sounder
Speed and distance log (cockpit)
6" Ritchie compass with SS binnacle
Kenwood TS50 100W SSB radio with auto tuner to backstay
Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo with USB input, speakers in cabin and cockpit
Boosters for cellular and wifi signals
Wireless server with on-board printer

Deck and Hull

The fiberglass hull and deck feature Airex coring for added strength, reduced weight, and thermal insulation. Colleen Mae's classic lines are complemented by a green boot stripe and bottom. The decks were Awlgripped beige in 2000, and the toerails were rebedded in 2002. The bottom was reported to have an epoxy barrier coat applied in the mid-1990s, and ablative bottom paint has been used, avoiding the excessive build-up that can occur with multiple coats of hard bottom paint.

Sun awning from bow to cockpit bimini
Full cockpit spray dodger with zipper windows and stainless steel grab rails
Bimini top with removable full enclosure with screens, NEW 2010
Covers for binnacle, wheel, sails, dorade boxes, hatches, and handrails

Navigation lights, bow light, and spreader lights
Ideal electric windlass
45 lb. CQR anchor with 230' 3/8" BBB chain and 150' rode
45' stainless steel Lewmar claw anchor
Double lifelines and stanchions
Double bow rail and stern pulpit
Emergency tiller
Hot/cold cockpit shower
Salt water washdown
SS swim ladder
Radar reflector
Outboard bracket
Molded helm seat
Recessed cockpit compartment for life raft
Cockpit cushions (white with green piping)
Teak cockpit table
Teak cockpit grating
Opening ports with screens
Deck chocks for hard bottom dinghy
Chrome dorade vents

Sails and Rigging

Thurston sails, 1995
130% Genoa on roller furler with padded luff
Nylon blooper
High-cut Yankee on roller furler
Club-footed hank-on staysail
Full-batten mizzen
Mizzen staysail
Full-batten mainsail
Two Harken #1 roller furling units on twin headstays
Keel-stepped mainmast
Harken Batcar system with full battens on main
Staysail stay with release lever and sheet led to cockpit
Running backstays for mizzen mast
Harken reefing system controlled from cockpit
Both masts disassembled, refinished and Awlgripped in 2002
11 Lewmar winches (6 self-tailing)
Whisker pole
Rod rigging inspected/passed, 2013


Beta 50 diesel engine, NEW 2012
50 hp at 2800 RPM
4-blade Variprop feather propeller, NEW 2012
Cruises at 6.5-7.0 knots
Espar 28,000 BTU diesel heater with thermostat, ducted throughout
Halon automatic fire control system
Two Racor fuel filters with manifold
Whale gusher hand pump in cockpit
Centerboard pennant replaced, 2012

Safety Equipment and Accessories

1996 Apex hard bottom inflatable dinghy with 4hp Yamaha
Coast Guard safety equipment
Fenders and lines
Anchoria reel and 1" webbing anchor line - rolls up into spools
Two sets of companionway doors (louvered/screened)
Two deck hatches with solar fans
Two oil lamps
Oil trawler lamp
Brass reading lights
Varnished teak trimmed wheel
Numerous spares


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Details on the above vessels are believed to be true and reliable, but cannot be guaranteed.

Offer subject to change, sale, or withdrawal without prior notice.