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1988 Shannon 43

Beaufort, North Carolina, United States


This yacht has just been re-powered with a new Yanmar 4JH57. This is Yanmar's new Tier 3-compliant technology and offers direct-injection common rail.  This increases the power at lower RPM's and lowers the emissions.  That means when sailing downwind, there are no diesel fumes, which is uncommon on most sailing vessels.  This re-power is a major enhancement to a world class yacht.

Exceptional sailing performance and a customized interior make the Shannon 43 the foremost yacht for coastal cruising or long distance passage-making. While offering a traditional look above the waterline, the Shannon 43 exemplifies state-of-the-art design and construction techniques. She is fast on all points of sail, seaworthy, and comfortable. A boat for two-person sailing and liveaboard, with two private staterooms and dual head arrangements, she provides accommodations for owners and guests. The underwater hull design is a keel centerboard.  "Wild Goose" is an easily-handled double headsail cutter.  She has the preferred cutter rig, solid rod rigging, comfortable cockpit, and the perfect layout below for underway accommodations, or while at anchor behind your favorite tropical island.

This particular yacht is fully equipped for world travel.  She underwent major refits in 2012 and 2016.  This vessel has been professionally maintained, upgraded, and equipped.  Wild Goose is ready to go  She can be provisioned and on her way with her new owner in short order.

Please review the detailed listing to understand why this is a special yacht. Shannon 43's are certainly World Class, and "Wild Goose" actually takes that to a new level.  She needs to seen if you are interested in a Shannon 43.


This listing is courtesy of the BoatWizard MLS and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey representation of a particular vessel.

Basic Boat Info

Price: US$249,000
Boat Name: Wild Goose
Make: Shannon
Model: 43
Year: 1988
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Designer: Walter Schulz & Associates
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Centerboard


Length: 43 ft
Length Overall: 43'10 ft
Length Of Deck: 43'10 ft
Waterline Length: 36'7 ft
Beam: 13 ft
Max Draft: 8'7 ft
Min Draft: 4.75 ft
Displacement: 27,500 lb
Bridge Clearance: 63 ft
Cabin Headroom: 6'5 ft
Dry Weight: 27,500 lb
Ballast: 10,500 lb
Single Berths: 1
Double Berths: 3

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Rope Cutter: true
  • Model: 4JH57
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 57hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 2016
  • Engine Hours: 160


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Aluminum
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 200 gal
Water Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 44 gal


Heads Count: 2
Total Liferaft Capacity: 6
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Cruisers, Cutter


An offshore hull must be designed for both speed and a comfortable motion.

The forward sections of the hull beneath the waterline must be "vee'd" with a fine entry to avoid pounding in a seaway. Flat forward sections, influenced by inshore rating rules, punish and fatigue the crew during extended passages. The mid sections must be full enough to allow the placement of tanks near the centerline and below the waterline. Tanks placed in the ends of a boat affect the trim as fluids are consumed and weights change. The aft sections must have enough buoyancy to overcome the constantly changing weights of crew in the cockpit and gear in the lockers. The hull design must be able to accommodate the necessary weight that is required for tankage, gear, equipment, machinery, etc. In the 21st century it is not difficult to design a light racing boat that will go fast, but an offshore cruising yacht must be able to carry the necessary tonnage and still provide fast passages on all points of sail and in all wind speeds. The keel must be strong enough to go aground without undue concern about unseen, collateral damage from keel bolt sheering.

The ability to get around the side decks easily on a moving boat in the dark is absolutely critical. Genoa tracks, blocks and shrouds placed in the middle of the side decks have no place on an offshore cruising boat.

The cockpit design is the most critical aspect of a sailboat.

Without a doubt the safety and comfort of the crew is a key element in the ability of a sailing yacht to go long distances. Fatigue is the major factor in accidents and navigational errors aboard boats. Experienced cruisers know that 90% of daylight hours in the tropics are spent in the cockpit. Therefore, the ability to sit, lean, lay and stand comfortably must be designed into a cockpit. The seats must have seatbacks high enough to support a person's back in a normal sitting position. The distance between the cockpit seats must be less than 30" so a person can brace themselves easily with their legs when the boat heels. The "Tee" shaped cockpit on the Shannon 43 has raised wings on the aft side of the fore and aft seats that provides another transverse seat back to sit and lounge while facing forward. The cockpit sole at the helm is angled to create a level place when the boat is heeling. The helm seat is curved to prevent slipping when heeled. The entire cockpit on Shannon's is surrounded by strong, high coamings to protect the crew from boarding seas.

The most important issue for long distance sailing is that one person must be able to sail the boat without assistance in all wind and sea conditions.

A husband/wife sailing team on a long passage means one person is below resting or cooking while the other person is above deck sailing. An offshore boat's rig must accommodate sail changing, reefing and tacking by one person without jeopardizing safety. Dependence on an autopilot for sail management can be dangerous if the unit fails, especially when the person on watch is out of the cockpit on deck. At
Shannon, Walt Schulz has been dealing with the real issues of short handed sailing in boats over 38 feet since 1975 . No company in the marine industry has more experience than Shannon in setting boats up for husband/wife sailing teams to go long distances confidently without additional crew.

Bullet-Proof Construction

Shannon's construction techniques and building materials have set the benchmark for quality offshore yachts. Shannon has been building composite linear PVC foam cored one piece hulls since 1981. In the test tank of the oceans of the world, Shannons have been up on reefs, rocks, breakwaters, coral heads and even picked up and dropped off a pier by Hurricane Andrew without holing the hull to prove the strength and integrity of our construction methods. There is no balsa wood used in any Shannon hull and deck.

The hull to deck joint on Shannons is comprised of an internal hull flange which receives the deck that is both bolted on 8" centers as well as being bedded in adhesive bonding compound. All structural bulkheads are attached to the hull with continuous fiberglass filaments that are threaded through the bulkheads and tabbed using vinylester resin. The ballast lead is internal and encapsulated creating a second hull skin above the lead. Water tanks are 316L stainless steel, and fuel tanks are 5052 marine alloy. All tanks are designed and placed to be removable without having to cut the boat apart using a chainsaw.

Keel design and construction issues are often overlooked until there is a major problem.

Unlike Shannon, 90% of the sailboats being built today have lead keels bolted to the bottom of the hull. There can be significant problems for boat owners with bolt-on keels. When a boat goes aground the sheer loads on the keel bolts is tremendous and there is no way to ascertain any damage to the bolts without removing the entire keel. The upward force on the aft top edge of a bolt on keel can create structural damage to the hull. And if the boat with a bolt on keel has a centerboard with a slot in the lead, the soft lead can close around the board when running aground. While bolting the keel on a sailboat is a cost effective construction method, Shannon does not use this technique because of the stated problems for owners going aground. When a Shannon runs aground, and many have in the past 25 years, the damage (if any) can be quickly observed and field repaired easily.

The centerboard and its pin on a Shannon can be removed without hauling the boat. The lifting mechanism is a simple-to-use and easy-to-maintain cable lead to winch in the cockpit. There are no complicated hydraulic arms holding the board down on a Shannon, so the board is free to swing up if the bottom is encountered. Once again, the keel/centerboard design on a Shannon has been real world tested and proven since 1981.


  • Newly re-powered - Yanmar 4JH57 -  >200 HRS !!!
  • Cutter Rig with Rod Rigging
  • 6kw genset - Westerbeke
  • Solar Panels
  • Newly upgraded electrical system
  • Significant Raymarine Offshore Network System
  • Monitor WindVane for offshore self-steering
  • Extensive offshore/cruising inventory
  • Upgraded tankage
  • Two Zone Reverse Cycle A/C

This Shannon 43 provides the opportunity to own a world class offshore cutter. She is a true live aboard vessel as depicted in her custom interior.

Wild goose has enjoyed major investments by the current owners in two recent refits, that enhance her comfort, safety, and value.

The custom enlarged master stateroom is forward with a private head and shower.  The quest stateroom is aft.  It has a double berth and custom mattress, as well.  The quest stateroom has private access to the second head and shower.

The main cabin has an L-shaped settee to starboard and a straight settee to port.  They are both covered a green teal fabric.  Above each settee are louvered cabinets and bookshelves.   The finish is a classic satin. The cabin sole is solid teak and holly.

The galley is U-shaped and provides a safe secure place to prepare meals.  Located on the starboard side, it provides easy access to the cockpit.  The navigation station is aft of the galley, and is impressively equipped.

Details of the the Yacht follow:


There is a full v-berth with a custom mattress and 2 drawers below, and louvered teak cabinets and bookshelves outboard.  There are two reading lights, Hella fan, 2 opening ports, and a large hatch overhead providing plenty of light and ventilation.  One hanging locker, a 3-drawer stack plus a shoe bin.  This provides excellent storage for long passages.

The sink and vanity are separate from the head and shower.  There is private access from the forward cabin to the master head and shower.

  • Berth - Handcraft Mattress Queen Plus  -  2002
  • CruiseAir A/C - reverse cycle 5000BTU - 2002
  • Head - Raritan Marine PHII toilet - 2014
  • Electosan Type 1 MSD - rebuilt 2016
  • Jabsco Y-Valve system
  • Rule 98A Shower Drain System - 2011
  • Shower faucet - Scandvik 10401 - 2013
  • Sink faucets - 2016
  • Hella Fan
  • Two sets of custom sheets

The aft cabin has a double berth with custom mattress and 2 drawers below. There are reading lights, 1 opening port , a large hatch overhead, and a Hella fan for plenty of light and ventilation. One hanging locker and a 3-drawer stack provide ample storage for long passages. Private access from the aft cabin to the aft sink, head and shower. 

  • Berth - Handcraft Custom Mattress Double Plus - 2002
  • Head - Raritan Marnie PHI toilet - 2014
  • Jabsco Y-Valve System
  • Direct overboard shower pump w/strainer
  • Shower faucet - Scandvik 10401 - 2013
  • Hella fan
  • Two sets of custom fitted sheets

The main cabin has an L-Shaped settee to starboard and a straight settee to port - both covered in a green teal fabric.  Above each settee are louvered cabinets and bookshelves. The teak bulkheads have a satin finish. The cabin sole is solid teak and holly.

  • The starboard settee extends to double berth with lee cloth
  • The port settee extends for comfortable single berth with lee cloth

A/C - Heat

  • Cruisair 16000BTU (Main cabin & aft stateroom) - 2002
  • March Pump - 2012


  • Drop Leaf Dining table comfortably seats 8
  • OPTION: Teak cocktail table with drop leaf
  • Upholstered leather settees - 2014
  • Zwaardvis Marine nav station chair


  • Alpenglow overhead lights with dual power & night vision
  • Most interior lights have been converted to LED bulbs
  • Brass Dome Lights
  • White Dome Lights
  • Brass Reading Lights
  • Courtesy Floor Lights throughout
  • Weems & Plath Brass Oil Lamp


  • Hella Marine 12V Turbo Fans - 4
  • Utility fans - 2

Barometers and Clocks

  • Weems & Plath Nightwatch
  • Weems & Plath Endurance - 2002
  • Howard Miller Time & Tide
  • Plastimo Ships Time w/ alarm


  • Cockpit speakers - Poly-Planer
  • Interior - Poly-Planer
  • Clarion CZ501 CD/MP3/WMA Receiver - 2012
  • Triax UFO III Marine Digital TV Antenna - 2009


  • Cabinet Latches - Phoenix Lock Polished Brass 203-2-P
  • Floor Boards - Spartan Marine Polished Brass P59PB Flush Ring Pulls

The galley features a Force 10 three burner range with oven and broiler stove, GE microwave, deep double SS sinks with pullout faucet, seawater/refrigerator drain foot pump, manual water pump, and Seagull drinking water filter & faucet. SeaFrost top loading freezer and refrigeration accessible from the top and the front for ease of use. Three storage lockers, draining pot locker, and custom spice rack.

  • Corian Countertops
  • Underway security belt for galley
  • Force 10 3-burner Range w/ Oven, Model# 63351 - 2003
  • Microwave - GE - 2016

Refrigerator and Freezer

  • SeaFrost BD Air-cooled system - 2004
  • New compressor & all lines - 2004
  • Rebuilt cold box 2 lg w/ lids – new insulation - 2004
  • Freezer - top loading
  • Refrigerator - top loading & side door

Galley Water

  • Moen Extendable faucet - 2012
  • Whale MP3 Footpump – refrigerator drain / seawater intake -2013
  • SeaGull IV Water Purifier - 2014
  • Fresh water hand pump backup


  • Raymarine Seatalk NG NMEA 2000 Backbone - 2012
  • Raymarine e7 Multi-function display - 2012
  • Raymarine i70 - 2012
  • Raymarine S 3G Course Computer
  • Raymarine ST6001+ Autopilot Control
  • Raymarine Type 2 Linear Autopilot Drive
  • Raymarine 4kW 18” HD Radome - 2012
  • Raymarine AIS650 Transmit & Receive - 2012
  • Shakespeare Antenna 5215 Dedicated for AIS - 2015
  • Raymarine ST60+ Wind Control Head
  • Raymarine ST60+ Speed Control Head
  • Raymarine iTC5 Instrument Transducer Converter - 2016
  • Raymarine E22158 SeaTalk to SeaTalk NG converters(2) - 2012
  • Raymarine E85001 SeaTalk/NMEA0183/PC interface (2) - 2012

Other Items

  • Actisense NGT-1 USB NMEA 2000 to PC Connection - 2012
  • Navionics charts (U.S.; Germany/Iberia; XL9 43XG Mediterranean & Black Sea; Central & South America)
  • Firdell Blipper 210-7, RORC and ORC compliant Radar Reflector
  • Raymarine Wind Transducer (transducer replaced 2010, cable replaced 2014)
  • Windex 15 Wind Indicator
  • AirMar Depth Transducer
  • AirMar Knot Meter

At Edson Pedestal

  • NavPod Instrument Housing - 2012
  • Edson instrument Arm - 2012
  • Edson Steering System
  • Ritchie Model SP-5 6” Compass

Navigation Lighting

  • Aqua Signal Series 40 Tri-color/Anchor/Strobe Light

Running Lights

  • Stern: Perko 1332DP0CHR
  • Bow (Port/Stbd): Perko 170-MP-DPI

Hella Series 2984 masthead light - 2012

Hella Series 6176: LED Module 70 Deck Floodlights(3) - 2012



  • Icom IC-M802 MF/HF Marine Transceiver
  • RC25 Control Head
  • SP24 Speaker
  • SSB iCom AT-140 Antenna Tuner - 2012
  • Insulated backstay for SSB antenna

Standard Horizon Matrix AIS+ GX2150 at nav desk - 2016

  • Standard Horizon CMP30 RAM3 Remote in Cockpit - 2016
  • Standard Horizon 240SW PA Horn - 2012
  • Metz Antenna (mast mounted)
  • Metz Antenna (stern mounted)

iCom IC-M72 Handheld VHF Radio

IslandTime Standard Wifi System w/ wireless router - 2012


Westerbeke Generator

  • Westerbeke BCD 6.0kW 10.6 hp
  • Westerbeke Generator panel - Nav station
  • Groco ARG-500-S bronze sea water intake strainer
  • SL3 Water pump - 201

Kyocera 80w Solar Panels - 2

  • Ferris Multi-Source Voltage Regulator w/ Divert Function

Marinetics Mod 650 Master Control panel - 2002

Marinetics EP 9330 Expansion panel - 2002

AC Master Control Panel

DC Master Control Panel

Blue Sea Systems Analog DC Voltmeter

Magnum Energy ME Series Power Inverter / Charger - 2016

  • Magnum ME-RC Remote Control - 2016

Xantrex Battery Monitor LinkLITE - 2011

Xantrex Digital Echo Charger - 2014

ProMariner proSafe FailSafe 30 Amp Galvanic Isolator - 2016

Duracell AGM Group 31 Batteries

  • House bank 420 amp (4) in 2 banks - 2015
  • Separate forward battery for ElectroScan - 2015

30 Amp Shore Power

  • Inlet Breaker - 2012
  • Shore Power Cord - 2014

AC System

  • GFCI Outlets Galley and Heads - 2006

Standing Rigging

  • Navtec Nitonic 50 Rod Rigging - 2004
  • Twin head stays
  • Twin back stays - 2004
  • Twin bob stays
  • Turnbuckles - all cotter pins replaced 2014
  • Mast by Metal Mast Marine
  • Tides Marine track system - 2014
  • Metal Mast folding aluminum mast steps
  • Custom Lewmar Stainless Steel Traveler system
        Chokes replaced - 2012
  • Clubfooted self-tending staysail

Winches - Lewmar

  • Mainsheet 46ST
  • Genoa Sheets #55 ST (2)
  • Staysail Sheet #46 ST
  • Genoa Furler #46ST
  • Main Halyard #46 ST
  • Jib Halyard #30
  • Staysail Halyard #24
  • Reefing Lines #16 (2)
  • Main Sheets #8 (2)


  • Quanum Full Batten Main sail HA 8.62 Dacron with 3 reef points - 2003
  • Stack pack mainsail system
  • SSI Mast Boot - 2012
  • Main Halyard, Sheets, Traveler Control Line, Outhaul - 2008
  • Topping Lift - 2014
  • Reefing Lines:STA-Set 7/16"-130' (30'-#1; 44'-#2; 56'-#3) - 2012
  • Block & Tackle Preventer System


  • Quantum 120% No. 2 Yankee Genoa - 2010
  • Hank-on Sails for 2nd headstay
  • Manchester 60% high clew hank-on Yankee
  • Drifter / Reacher 150% triradial 1.5 oz nylon, 980 sq ft Starburst design
  • Schaefer 3100 Jib Furler - new drum 2010
  • Forespar Whisker Pole System with mast track storage - 2011
  • Genoa Halyard - 2012
  • Furler Control Line - 2014
  • Sheets - 2015


  • Quantum 9 oz. Dacron with 1 reef point - 2003
  • Halyard - 2014
  • Sheet - 2015
  • Outhaul - 2008
  • Topping Lift - 2014
  • New Yanmar 4JH57 - 2016
  • New upgraded shaft coupling - 2016
  • New ZF30M Transmission - 2016
  • New Yanmar cockpit engine panel - 2016
  • New cutlass bearing - 2016
  • New Osco exhaust mixing elbow - 2016
  • New stuffing box  and packing- 2016
  • Newly packed rudder post stuffing box - 2016
  • New Groco ARG-1000 engne sea water intake strainer - 2016
  • Aqualift muffler
  • Double Racor fuel filters with switch over capability
  • Westerbeke BCD 6.0kw Genset
  • Groco ARG-500-S bronze generator sea water intake strainer - 2016
  • Westerbeke Generator panel
  • Vetus Bow Thruster
  • Monitor WindVane for offshore self steering
  • CruiseAir Reverse Cycle A/C  - 21,000 BTU's
  • 3-blade propeller with line cutter
  • Edson chain and wire steering
  • Brand New Engine Yanmar 4JH57 - 180 engine hours!
  • Yanmar Cockpit Engine Panel
  • Transmission ZF30M
  • Osco exhaust mixing elbow
  • Stuffing Box
  • Cutlass Bearing
  • Groco ARG-1000 Sea Water Intake Strainer
  • ShurFlo Aqua King Premium 4.0 Fresh Water Pump
  • ElectroScan Type 1 MSD new electrode plates & mixer motor - 2016
  • Magnum Energy ME Series Power Inverter/Charger
  • ProMariner proSafe FailSafe 30 Amp Galvanic Isolator
  • Standard Horizon Matrix AIS+ GX2150 - 2016
  • Standard Horizon CMP30 RAM3 Remote in Cockpit - 2016
  • Rocna 55 lb Anchor - 2016
  • Inmar 290H-TS High Pressure Air Floor Tender - 2016
  • Rebuilt Centerboard System & Cable - 2016
  • 2 Mustang Type 1 life jackets - new with tags 2016
  • ElectroScan Type 1 MSD (2012)
  • Monitor WindVane (2010)
  • Raymarine ST1000+ Tiller Autopilot with custom attachment to
  • Monitor WindVane (2010)
  • Jabsco Self-Priming Macerator Pump w/ Run-Dry Protection (2014)
  • 5 AGM Batteries (2015)
  • Raymarine SeaTalkng NMEA2000 backbone (2012)
  • Raymarine e7 Multi-function display (2012)
  • Raymarine 4kW 18” HD Radome (2012)
  • Raymarine AIS650 Transmit & Receive (2012)
  • Shakespeare Antenna 5215 Dedicated for AIS (2015)
  • Raymarine i70 (2012)
  • Actisense NGT-1 USB NMEA 2000 to PC Connection (2012)
  • Hella Series 2984 masthead light (2012)
  • Hella Series 6176: LED Module 70 Floodlights(3) (2012)
  • SSB iCom AT-140 Antenna Tuner (2012)
  • Standard Horizon 240SW PA Horn (2012)
  • IslandTime Standard Wifi System (2012)
  • Double stainless bow and stern rails, double 1/4” wire lifelines with mid-ship S&P and stern boarding gates (2012)
  • FloJet 4125 Quad II Series Diaphram Bilge Pump (2012)
  • Water Witch Bilge Pump Switch 217 (2012)
  • Rule High Water Bilge Alarm (2012)
  • Steiner 7x50 Marine Binoculars (rebuilt by Steiner 2016)
  • Custom Stainless Steel side boarding ladder (2014)
  • Whale MP3 Footpump – refrigerator drain / seawater intake (2013)
  • Ideal Vertical Bronze Windlass – with rode capstan and 5/16” HT chain gypsy (rebuilt by Ideal 2010)
  • Jabsco saltwater anchor / deck Wash Down System with hose at bow (2010)
  • Forespar Whisker Pole System with mast track storage (2011)
    Edson model# 521-100ST Stern 316 stainless steel outboard engine bracket (2011)
  • Honda BF2 2.3 HP outboard engine (2013)

Running Rigging

  • Main Topping Lift (2014)
  • Main Reefing Lines:STA-Set 7/16"-130' (30'-#1; 44'-#2; 56'-#3) (2012)
  • Genoa Sheets (2014)
  • Staysail Halyard (2014)
  • Staysail Topping Lift (2014)
  • Staysail Sheet (2015)
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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