|The Shannon Defiance 46 Difference
Safety, Comfort, Stability, Beauty and Seaworthiness
Fuel Economy Walt Schulz’s patented revolutionary SRD hull design gives the Defiance 46 better fuel economy and longer range than comparable sized motor yachts. (U.S. Patent #6,994,049 and #7,225,752)
Comfort: The SRD hull shape produces an amazingly stable and comfortable ride with exquisite steering characteristics even in extreme sea conditions.
Performance: The SRD hull design does not requiring a lot of horsepower to reach planing speed (unlike deep vee hulls) AND does not pound uncomfortably at top end speeds (unlike semi-displacement hulls). The Defiance 46 runs beautifully at 7 knots, 14 knots and 21 knots which is very unusually in a power boat.
Safety Engine room vents The sleek and sculpted curved aft cowls on the Defiance 46 are there for more than aesthetics they are open in front to induct air into the engine room. On most power boats the engine vents are located on the side of the hull this is a disaster waiting to happen when sea water in a rolling sea situation overwhelms the engine room vent baffles and pours into the engine room. Putting the vents up high on the deck rather than low in the hull is much safer.
Safety Side decks, swim platform, dinghy storage and doors On most power boats, maneuvers such as docking, anchoring, and mooring/storing/launching a dinghy is perilous because of narrow side decks, a wide raised aft deck and engine boxes, low or no bow rails, no side door for the helmsman, and no transom door leading to a swim platform. The Defiance 46 has them all, and walking around the boat will show how much safer it is move around to dock, anchor, moor and use your tender.
Safety Visibility The helmsman of the Defiance 46 has unobstructed 360 degree visibility, unlike other power boats that have hazardous blind spots that compromise safety.
American Construction Asian and Third World boatbuilders take advantage of slightly less direct labor costs but the trade-off is shoddy workmanship, increased transportation expenses, and inferior materials from local suppliers. The Defiance 46 is built by the New England craftsmen of Shannon Boat Company using the best material and components available. Shannon is recognized as America’s premier builder of sail and motor yachts and has been under the uninterrupted direction of Walt Schulz since 1975.
Customer Service No boat company in the world takes better care of owners than Shannon . Buying a Shannon provides instant membership into one of the most exclusive clubs in yachting with total support provided by the Shannon people anywhere in the world. This is not altruism but good business. The only potential negative thing about owning a Shannon is the amount of attention a Shannon receives from others as Shannons are appreciated by knowledgeable boaters everywhere in the world. We cannot afford to have one owner say any less than his boat is the best in the world and the company has stood behind it totally for as long as he has owned it.