Besa | Shannon 50' 1982

Portsmouth, RI

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Yacht Name: Besa
Builder: Shannon
Model: 50
Year: 1982
Location: Portsmouth, RI
Asking Price: $189,000
Designer: Walter Schulz
Hull Material: Fiberglass



Shannon’s are highly regarded for their exceptional strength, classic styling, comfortable interiors and functional deck layouts. Many Shannon’s have circumnavigated, and their owners praise the sea kindly motion, excellent direction control, stability, and the numerous sail combinations offered with the ketch sail plan.

Quality Yachts, the premier Shannon service yard, has been involved in her maintenance and a large refit. The current owners have added many valuable improvements, upgrades, and new equipment since 2016. Examples include: New 6K Northern Lights Generator, 2x New A/C and Heating units, New Canvas, New Jabsco electric head aft, macerater pump, sanitation lines and Y valve. New 14 gallon holding tank forward with new lines installed. Replaced new stainless shroud bolts and chain plates. New propane tanks regulator and lines.  Six new batteries and New Salon and cockpit cushions. Many more recent upgrades listed below.

The Shannon50 series was designed and built by the Shannon Boat Company, Bristol, RI. They were introduced at the1982 Annapolis Boat Show as the ultimate cruising yacht in the luxury class for “Bluewater Cruising” and extended passages for a couple or family. Uncompromising construction and design quality, exceptional strength, and many special features resulted in Shannon being featured in renowned marine author/surveyor Ferenc Mate's book 'The World 's Best Sailboats". Shannon’s attention to detail is evident throughout. The interior is light oak woodwork with teak trim, and solid teak cabinsole. 12 cast bronze opening ports, two companionways and multiple deck hatches provide excellent natural light and ventilation.

BESA is one of the finest pre-owned Shannon50 ketches to come on the market in recent years. Her next owner will benefit from hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours invested by her past owners in upgrades and improvements.


Length: 50'
Beam: 14' 3"
Draft: 5' 8", 9' 9"
Water Tank Capacity: 200 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 300 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 25 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Perkins
Engine Model: 4-236
Power: 85 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2000 Hours

Vessel Walkthrough

BESA offers a three-stateroom, two-head layout that is finished in light oak trimmed with teak. The owner's quarters include a double berth to starboard, with chart storage under and ensuite head with separate stall shower. In addition, there is a navigation station to port. This large, comfortable cabin offers direct access to the aft cockpit and has multiple drawers and hanging lockers.

There are two companionway entrances, one aft directly from the cockpit and one amidships. The owner's cabin passageway leads forward by the first of the two guest cabins and U-shaped galley at the base of the forward companionway. The midships guest cabin has upper and lower berths, a hanging locker and drawers, 

Amidships is the main salon with a settee to port and a generous L-shaped settee to starboard. Lockers and shelves are built-in outboard to starboard with additional storage compartments under and behind the settee backrests. The double leaf dining table is mounted on centerline providing dining from both the port and starboard settees. Forward is a private guest stateroom, head and separate stall shower which has been converted to a large locker with multiple shelves 



BESA’S galley features generous counter space (with granite surface) and many storage lockers and drawer banks. The U-shaped layout minimizes the cook's movements while preparing food at sea. The galley is adjacent to the forward companionway for extra light and ventilation. A custom pantry locker is built in behind the adjoining companionway steps. The pressure water system has a ten gallon hot water tank that operates both under power and at dockside.

  • Custom Force 10 3-burner propane New Zealand built stove/oven.
  • New propane tanks, regulator and lines (2017)
  • Grunert holding plate refrigerator and separate freezer.
  • Deep stainless sink
  • Granite countertop (2010)
  • Moen faucets
  • Second faucet with foot pumps for fresh or salt water



The large salon has a settee to port and a generous L-shaped settee to starboard. Lockers and shelves are built in outboard to starboard with additional storage compartments under and behind the settee backrests. The double leaf dining table is mounted on centerline providing dining from both the port and starboard.

  • New Salon cushions (2021)
  • Numerous opening ports and hatches for good ventilation.
  • Large folding dining table to allow ease of movement through salon when not dining.



Nav Station Electronics:

  • 12" Furuno Navnet EX2 Plotter with Navionics, most North Atlantic
  • Radar
  • Fish finder
  • RD30 multi displays instruments)
  • New ICOM M605, 25W VHF Marine Radio with HM 195 Remote Command Mic at helm.
  • ICOM M 710 SSB
  • Furuno AIS "B" transmitter/receiver (2011) with mizzen mounted back up VHF antenna
  • Ultrasonic Airmax masthead weather station with direction and speed. Includes built in GPS
  • Remote for windlass with 50' line stored under forward berths

Cockpit Electronics:

  • Furuno Nav Net 2 with 7" color display (radar, plotter, fish finder, AIS)
  • 2 RD30 multi displays, depth & wind adjacent to helm
  • Third RD 30 multi displays on bulkhead, forward end cockpit
  • Foot pedals for bow thruster
  • Counter and remote windlass controls (up and down)
  • Hailer on VHF speaker on mizzen
  • Helm compass serviced and inspected by Andrews Compass Repair Cape Cod.


  • Sirius satellite radio


Electrical System

  • 110 volt AC electrical system
  • 12 volt DC electrical system
  • 2 Dometic 16000 BTU AC units
  • 6 Gel batteries (2019)
  • Inverter 12-600 (2018)
  • Heart Interface charger/regulator
  • Clock & barometer (mounted on bulkhead)
  • All new LED lighting in 2007, except mizzen spreader light and reading lights
  • 2 solar panels with individual charge controllers on top of Bimini (2008)
  • Wind generator on top of mizzen (Air-X Marine) (2007)
  • Underdeck LED lighting (2010)
  • Bonding grid (2018)


Engine & Mechanical

  • Perkins 4-236 totally rebuilt 2001. 2000 hours since overhaul
  • 6kw Northern Lights Gen (new 9/2016) 50 Hours
  • 4 Racor filters
  • Twin alternators, standard and large
  • Double pulley and matched belts for high capacity alternator (2011)
  • Additional fuel tank capacity was added for circumnavigation (total capacity 300 gallons)
  • Marine water heater
  • Stuffing box serviced and drive inspected (2020)
  • New steering cables, shivs, and steering chain (2019)
  • Rebuilt diesel water cooler (2013)
  • New Rule gusher bilge pumps, switches and high water alarms installed with remote indicator at nav. station. (2019)
  • Complete set of engine spares onboard



  • New holding tank forward, new lines installed (2019)
  • Shower drain pump
  • Fresh and salt water galley pumps (2018/2019)
  • Waste hoses replaced (2020)
  • New Jabsco Electric head aft (2018)
  • New macerator pump aft and new lines (2020)
  • Hot water tank
  • 7 fuel tanks
  • New temperature resistant water lines and water pump (2018)


Hull Construction

Hull construction features the preferred Airex coring providing extra strength and thermal and sound insulation. The deck is also fiberglass and is cored with balsa for strength and insulation. All the underdecks, headliners and hull interior wood coverings are fastened to ribs or battens to provide an air space. This space keeps the Shannon cooler in warm weather and retains heat when cruising in cooler climates.

  • Centerboard pennant and manual winch (2013)
  • New Anderson centerboard winch
  • Hull repainted (2007)
  • Serviced grounding system and seacocks (2017)
  • Hull sanded to remove old paint, primed and two coats of Interlux ablative antifouling paint applied (2021)


Main Deck

The Shannon 50's innovative deck design provides a double trunk arrangement with roomy aft cockpit and double companionways. Unlike most double entry sailboats, the Shannon 50's forward companionway entrance is accessed from deck level, not the higher top of the trunk cabin. This reduces the number of steps. Opposite this entrance is an area between the forward and aft trunk cabins, that is ideal for the liferaft mounting. By keeping the liferaft off the top of the cabin at deck level, it does not restrict visibility, is protected from heavy seas, and is easy to access.

Experienced owners and surveyors have often complimented the Shannon 50's spacious aft cockpit   design and features . The cockpit's extra length angled floor at the separate steering station, high backrest, wide winch

bases, and conveniently located switches are just a few of the benefits of the cockpit design. There is also plenty of room forward of the helm station for outdoor dining on a large removable table and lounging offshore under the full­ width companionway dodger. Forward is a custom bowsprit with double bobstays, twin headstays and 2 bow rollers.

  • Lighthouse 1501 windlass, double capstan and gypsy with chain counter, foot controls, helm control) and remote control
  • Split chain locker
  • Anchor chain (150' port side of split chain locker, 250' starboard)- G4-High Test 7/16")
  • 80 lb Manson Supreme anchor (2010) w/150' of the chain
  • 250' 7/16" spare portion of chain
  • Spare Fortress 37 anchor with 200' line
  • Hydrovane, wind driven, completely independent of steering and autopilot
  • Hot and cold on-deck shower
  • Fore and aft saltwater wash down pumps (2010)
  • Side stanchions w/double lifelines and port and starboard gates
  • Stanchions and lifelines (2007)
  • Pushpit and pulpit - heavy gauge and taller (2007) . Impressive custom design with more working space around the bowsprit.
  • Spreader lights
  • Sanded and coated brightwork with Silkkens Cetol Natural Teak finish on rub rail and toe rail. Hatch frames removed and varnished with 7 coats of Epifanes marine varnish and re-installed. (2018/19)
  • New Sunbrella canvas hatch covers (2018)
  • New Sunbrella canvas bimini for mid entry hatch
  • Teak cockpit grating can be raised for sleeping
  • Teak trimmed wheel
  • Teak caprail replaced (2002)
  • Hydrovane self steering windvane (2011)
  • Full set of deck hatch and opening port screens
  • Deck hatches rebuilt (2008)
  • Rebuilt companionway hatches/seals (2012)
  • 12 bronze opening ports rebedded and interior of trunks replaced with white panels
  • Custom high capacity dinghy davits
  • Main traveler and traveler winch (2012)
  • Original winches rebuilt and greased and new winches inspected (2018)
  • Nonskid area of deck painted (2018)
  • Rebed forward portlights and deck gear (2017)
  • Stainless steel Vetus ventilator cowls
  • Rail mounted barbecue
  • Dock lines


Sails & Rigging

  • Keel-stepped, aluminum main and mizzen masts (2007)
  • Double head sail ketch rig
  • Twin headstays with two Profurl roller furling systems (one for yankee, one for genoa)
  • 2 Navtec hydraulic backstay adjusters
  • 13 winches
  • Mainsheet traveler - new (2012)
  • Custom mizzen sheet traveler with cam that allows trimming from the helm
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Rebed staysail track (2017)
  • Chainplates (2017)



  • Fully battened main (2007)
  • Mizzen(2007)
  • Yankee (2007)
  • Genoa with foam luff and leech cover (2007)
  • Mizzen staysail
  • Cruising spinnaker with ATN sock
  • Rod standing rigging replaced (2007)
  • Running rigging replaced (2007)
  • Furlers on both headsails and staysail - cockpit controlled
  • Cockpit mainsail winch - electric
  • Mack Pack sail covers
  • Changed staysail to self-tending (2007)



  • Full cockpit dodger and bimini (2018)
  • Midship companionway dodger (2018)
  • Sail covers (new 2018)
  • New upholstery throughout (2021)
  • Custom cockpit cushions (convert to sleeper) (2021)



  • Givens 8-manliferaft
  • Halon engine room automatic fire extinguisher (2012)
  • Life vests
  • Emergency tiller