One of three buildings located at 19 Broad Common Rd., Bristol, RI.
Aerial view of Shannon's 26000 sq. foot facility
Walt Schulz designing a new cabin layout in CAD
The Homosote mock-up in a bare hull
Fairing a plug
Building a deck plug
Walt Schulz examines a new hull right out of the mold
Landing the deck on a hull
Walt Schulz is President of Shannon Boat Company, the company he founded in 1975 to design and build the Shannon brand of blue-water sail and power yachts. As a hands-on president, Schulz, a naval architect and marine engineer, oversees engineering and production, and participates in the company's sales, technologies, marketing, accounting and administration. After over 4 decades in the marine industry Schulz is a recognized leader and expert. he has written numerous articles that have been published in various yachting magazines over the years, has been a keynote speaker at many trade, professional and community agencies, and provides consulting services for marine related projects. He holds 5 marine related patents, including a "powerboat with improved hull", a first in the industry. He is currently finishing his first book, a guide to boat ownership and repair, which is expected to be released in late 2017. In 2015 he established a non-profit charity The Shannon River Marine Heritage Foundation with the mission to provide boating and fishing excursions on Shannon built adaptive boats for disabled people. In addition to that, SRMHF will train and hire disabled veterans in the marine industry.
A native of Bristol, RI, Bill started out as a part-time fiberglass production worker for Walter Schulz in 1975. After completing school, his full time employment at Shannon began in 1978. He is a graduate of Brown University and Cornell Law School, and is admitted to practice law before the RI and U.S. District Court Bars. He is responsible for Shannon’s sales and marketing, purchasing, administration, and customer service. During his tenure at the company, Ramos personally has sold over $100 million in new and brokerage Shannons, and has helped to create Shannon Boat Company’s image as one of the world’s premier yacht builders. Ramos is knowledgeable and experienced in all aspect of yacht sales, construction, service, and operations.
The daughter of a naval architect, Erin has spent her entire life in the yacht industry. She studied international relations in New York City, Washington, DC, and Switzerland, and design at the New York School of Interior Design and Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the Association of Yacht Sales Professionals and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. Erin is in charge of advertising, public relations, boat show organization and customer relationship management. She has been employed at Shannon for 20 years.
Thomas Quinlan is a graduate of Diman Vocational School, Fall River, MA; and started his career as a carpenter/shipwright in the marine industry at Alden/Freedom Yachts. Quinlan has been employed at Shannon since 1979. He was promoted to cabinet shop foreman, Production Manager, and then Vice President in charge of all aspects of construction and personnel at the company. His responsibilities include bringing to reality the creations of Walter Schulz, as well as scheduling Shannon’s manpower and material needs on a day-to-day basis, and supervising the maintenance of the 26,000 square foot production facility and extensive yacht construction equipment and tools. Quinlan also interfaces with all Shannon owners during the construction process, gathering the information necessary for work change orders. He also is Shannon’s best woodworker, personally creating the most detailed cabinetry to finish each yacht.