Annabelle | Shannon 39' 1994

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Annabelle
Builder: Shannon
Model: Scutter Rig
Year: 1994
Location: Annapolis, MD

Our beautiful Shannon 39 offering is one of those great boats we are so proud to represent. Her current owner purchased Annabelle in 2015 and promptly spent about 40K upgrading her just because he loved this beautiful boat. He upgraded her because he could and addressed the survey findings plus soda blasted and put on a new barrier coat and bottom paint, upgraded the Garmin display to the latest touch screen, added AIS, new Garmin wind instruments, new max prop, inverter and pretty much everything you could want. She’s now completely ready for you!

If you really pretty classic and traditional high quality boat that is built really well and is a proven sailingyacht, there really are not many to choose from.  Especially true for this classic vessel that has the benefit of modern innovations and improvements. The ones we like are the beautiful, safe, comfortable and capable sailing vessels that have been cared for and will hold theirvalue.One of out all time favorite builders has been and will always be Shannon Yachts, an icon of New England Boatbuilding for some forty years starting in 1975 and still going. Shannon Yachts are wonderful classics, if choosing a dainty Shannon 28 to the Shannon 37 Centerboard “Silk” made famous by Beth Leonard and Evens Starzinger in their first circumnavigation to the perfect Shannon 38 and 39 and the incredible Shannon 43 and the Shannon 51 Flagship, a no compromise world voyager! Of all the Shannon Yachts Shannon 39 modern Shannon design is just the most perfect for the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.


The Shannon 39 is just right! Our sweet and beautiful offering is a 1994 Shannon 39 design with internal lead ballast and a hull shape that results in a stiff and stable boat even in heavy air. In the words of the manufacturer, “The 39 is a middleweight, best for a true coastal cruiser-offshore passage-maker to sail single handed. With her draft of 5’6” she is so perfect in the Chesapeake, East Coast, Intercoastal and the Keys, and of course the Bahamas. The sail plan on the 39 combines the performance attributes of a sloop with the versatility of a cutter.(It’s called a scutter rig.) The 39 is designed to be rigged with a conventional stemhead fitted rollerfurling genoa. Three feet forward on the bow-anchor platform is another stay that accepts a highcut yankee. It’s amazing it took so long to develop it.

The Shannon 39 is a big “little” boat that can scoot into the most private and natural places. She sails so well in light air and heavy weather that you’ll enjoy all your sailing on this beautiful perfectly sized cruiser. The Shannon classic T shaped cockpit means your knees will thank you every time you step behind the wheel. You’ll enjoy great visibility from the helm with all your navigation and autopilot with remote available. The classic interioris romantic and practical. While there is but one stateroom up forward, the dinette makes a lovely double berth in the salon which means you can have kids or guest along for a cruise. The scutter rig design offers many sail configurations for each condition with smaller sails easily managed by a solo sailor or a couple.

Since 1975, Shannon Yachts has established an international reputation for their outstanding construction and overall validity on water. Their Shannon have logged of over a million bluewater miles, meaning they have circumnavigated the globe many times by different owners. When compared with other yacht brands that create and produce the same kind of designs, not many other companies can compete with Shannon’s navigational records. This is why we offer them to those who wish to continue to voyage….and to those who just love great boats and want to cruise the Chesapeake Bay and Bahamas! Two of the very best extreme offshore voyagers; Evans Starzinger and his partner Beth Leonard, circumnavigated their Shannon 37 Ketch, named Silk from 1993 to 1995 some 40,000 miles before they bought and fit out their “Hawk”, a Van De Stadt 47 foot Aluminum Cutter. I know we had more fun our out little boat!

Now it is time for you to enjoy one of the world’s finest vessels. You will definitely fall in love with Annabelle. She is not only a pedigreed yacht, but she is in lovely well maintained condition. With new Sea Frost refrigeration in 2013 and everything in operation condition you can just enjoy. She has just arrived at our Port Annapolis Marina location and ready for your viewing. Call now to come see this lovely vessel and get ready for next year’s sailing season. You won’t be disappointed! Read on and check out the Full Specs.



This high quality, classic blue water boat offers wonderful ambiance with all the substance that makes beautiful things worth owning. Annabelle is truly charming with her warm teak interior and beautiful cabinetry. If you love the romance of sailing vessels, you will really enjoy the interior space that surrounds you with lovely joinery accented by the classic Shannon overhead and traditional teak and holly cabin sole. It is cozy and inviting but also spacious in terms of the layout. Actually, you can sleep five fairly comfortably. As you enter the main salon, the practical galley is to starboard with the main salon just forward. The L-shaped settee to starboard has a large drop-leaf table that opens to seat six and even eight. The L-shaped settee makes a lovely double berth for your guests also. The straight settee to port gives you ample seating and pulls out to make a wide sea berth on a passage. The sit down outboard facing nav station is just aft of the settee in a good spot. One of the features we really like is the aft head to port that is right at the companionway with no need to go forward. There is a shower stall designed so that you can have a seat on the toilet and not get the whole bathroom wet. It’s a cool feature. The owner’s forward stateroom is a wide and comfy V-berth. There is ample storage for all you need with shelves, drawers and a hanging locker. The cabin lights, both overhead and reading lamps are a great addition.

  • Classic teak interior with room to sleep five
  • Lovely teak joinery
  • Two oil lamps
  • L shaped settees to starboard converts to double berth
  • Settee to port is a wonderful sea berth
  • Teak drop-leaf table with seating for six
  • Loads of storage everywhere
  • Master cabin forward with an amble berth
  • Aft head and stall shower
  • Practical galley to starboard with front and top opening fridge
  • Stereo with interior and exterior speaker systems


The practical galley located just at the companionway on the starboard side so you can pass up dinner in a bowl so easily. It is the classic U-shape with good counter space, drawers, and storage.


  • Tasco three-burner gimbaled stove with fiddles with oven, safety bar and strap
  • Xintek solenoid control and fume detector and propane shut off
  • Double deep stainless steel sinks
  • Sea Frost 12v refrigeration with front and top opening refrigerator
  • Freezer compartment
  • Pressure water, hot and cold
  • Fresh water foot pump


  • 96 Gallons in two 48 gal tanks
  • Pressure water pump
  • Plumbed for water maker
  • Hot water heater
  • Standard marine toilet
  • Separate shower
  • Y Valve at the head for overboard flush offshore
  • Holding tank 20 gallons with level gauge and dockside pumpout


  • Garmin Radar and Plotter
  • Garmin 2010 GPS Plotter at the nav station
  • New Garmin display for chart plotter at the helm (touch screen)
  • AIS integrated with Garmin
  • VHF radio, Horizon Intrepid with RAM mic
  • Single sideband SGC 2000 with insulated backstay
  • New Garmin wind instruments
  • Datamarine depth and speed
  • Raymarine ST600  autopilot with wireless remote
  • EPIRB 406 (needs battery)
  • Binnacle compass
  • Masthead Windex



  • Yanmar 4JH2E  with under 2700  hours is supper clean
  • Serial no #07961
  • Diesel 50 gallon tank in port cockpit locker
  • Full engine instrumentation in the cockpit
  • Diesel is well maintained each season
  • Racor fuel filters with pressure gauge
  • Engine mounts replaced in 2004
  • New rudder shaft seal and packing 2006
  • Traditional shaft seal repacked in 2006 in good condition
  • New three blade Max prop 2016
  • Spare fixed three blade prop
  • Wheel steering


12 Volt system:

  • Four group 31 gel cell batteries in boxes
  • Charged by 50 amp main alternator or shore power
  • 12 volt electrical breaker panel
  • Electric bilge pumps
  • Cabin lights
  • Stereo with inside and outside speakers
  • Navigation lights at deck level
  • Tri-color masthead light
  • Steaming light
  • Foredeck lights

110 volt Shore power:

  • 30 amp shore power connection
  • Shore power cord  50’
  • Battery charger
  • Inverter
  • Ducting for air conditioning is installed (no compressor)




Shannon thoughtful scutter rig with a masthead blade jib as well as a masthead genoa gives you all the options for wind strength and direction.


  • Keel stepped mast with double speaders
  • Shannon scutter rigged headsails with Harken furlers for genoa and jib headsails
  • Rod rigging in good condition
  • Genoa furler has two slots
  • Aluminum spares
  • Mainsheet traveler on stainless steel mount
  • Jib car tracks with Schaefer blocks
  • Whisker pole
  • Line stoppers


  • main mast has Lewmar #24 ST winches for halyards
  • Lewmar #44 mainsheet winch on the cabin house
  • Lewmar #54 CST primaries for genoa sheets on the combing
  • Lewmar #40 CST secondaries port and starboard for jib or genny
  • Lewmar #44 on the sb quarter spinnaker winch


  • Total working sail area 750 sq ft
  • New Quantum sails in circa 2005 with very light use
  • Quantum full batten laminated mainsail with lazy jacks system
  • 140% Quantum tri-radial genoa with Harken furler
  • 78% Yankee Jib with Harken furler
  • 160% Reacher by Quantum 2004 with little usage can be installed on the furler


  • Shannon Yachts construction: modern composite construction, original gelcoat
  • 5’6” Draft, great for the Bay and Bahamas
  • Encapsulated lead ballast 7,600 lbs
  • New epoxy bottom coating 2015 with all old bottom paint removed for baby smooth bottom
  • Survey in 2015 said the bottom was in good condition with no signs of blisters
  • Bronze thru hulls and sea cocks are bronze ball valves in good condition
  • New bottom paint 2016
  • Topsides original gelcoat in very good condition, white hull with green boot stripe
  • Teak rub rail with stainless steel strike
  • Hull deck joint is horizontal flange bonded and thru bolted
  • Fiberglass sandwich deck construction with balsa core
  • Shannon molded non skid deck surface
  • Wide side decks
  • Bow pulpit, mast pulpit and stern rail
  • Stainless steel deck hardware
  • Six mooring cleats including the midship cleats
  • Four stainless steel dorades on teak boxes
  • Exterior trim is teak
  • Stainless steel opening ports with screens
  • Two large opening hatches with screens
  • Companionway hatch boards
  • Bow and stern pulpit
  • Outboard motor mount on stern rail
  • Outboard lifting crane
  • Double lifelines
  • Beautiful T shaped cockpit with the best helm station aft
  • Ample scuppers
  • Hot/cold cockpit shower
  • Cockpit lockers
  • Opening stern rail with drop down swim ladder
  • Aft helm station with perfect visibility
  • Elkhide wheel
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Edson outboard motor mount on the stern rail
  • Instrumentation, Garmin GPS Radar plotter and Autopilot with remote
  • Engine instrument panel
  • Good access to mechanicals through cockpit lockers


  • Full boat cover by Quantum
  • Dodger (forest green and well worn)
  • Bimini sun shade
  • Helm cover, sail cover
  • Winch covers


  • Lewmar electric windlass new in 2014
  • Double bow rollers
  • Primary Bow Anchor 45# CQR with 150' 3/8 chain and 50’ rode
  • Spade type stern anchor
  • Wash down system!


  • Dinghy 10’ West Marine HIN WMP263BEF203
  • Four person Zodiac MP4 liferaft in canister under cockpit sole (certified)
  • Coast Guard required safety equipment
  • Epirb (not certified)
  • Two electric bilge pumps (one is automatic)
  • Manual bilge pump in the cockpit
  • Flares
  • Fire Extinguishers – four
  • Type four throwable
  • Boarding ladder
  • Engine compartment fire suppression – halon (out of date)
  • Fenders and dock lines
  • 6-gal gas tank for dink
  • Mast head fly – pig stick
  • Yacht ensign
  • Lightening protection system


Length: 39'
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate