It’s not often that someone comes up with a truly new idea in boating, but Walt Schulz, the founder and president of Shannon Yachts, has one and it’s called the Shannon 36.
To keep boating comfortable for aging baby boomers who might not be as agile as they once were, Shannon started a line called Silver Concept, which has special features for owners with mobility or age issues. The problem, he says, is that “most boats are designed for 40 year olds, which is fine as long as you stay 40.” The goal of Silver Concept is that no one has to stop boating because of age. Shannon makes low-profile, classic Downeast boats from 28 to 58 feet.
The new Shannon 36 Silver Concept models include split island double berths for easy access; power sliding doors; wide passageways; a proprietary swim platform that raises and lowers to adjust to any level and a ramp swings out for side-to boarding; a proprietary lift that converts conventional steps into a mechanical lift system for going from the salon to the accommodation deck below; a “knee-under” power helm seat modeled after the driver’s seat in a luxury car; bow and stern thrusters, and one-level decks from transom to the helm.
Each boat can be customized. After all, says Schulz, “90 is the new 60.”