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"Conceived by Cornelius Shields in the 1960's as a fiberglass renewal of his cherished IOD class, this Sparkman and Stephens design remains the finest one-design sailboat ever produced. With active fleets sailing throughout the Northeast, Chesapeake Bay, Lake Michigan and California, Shields are raced by sailors who love to compete. At 30' this 4,ooo lb. keelboat will impress you with its ability perform on windward legs and will delight the crew with its ability to drive deep while running." ~ Sailing World
Orion is Cape Cod Boat Builders Shields 30.
"In looks and performance, the Shields is entirely worthy of her distinguished heritage. The idea for her creation originated with Cornelius Shields, one of America's most eminent racing yachtsmen and dedicated enthusiasts. The Shields Class concept of an ideal, moderately sized, low maintenance, high-performance, open cockpit, keel-ballasted sailboat was translated under Olin Stephens' personal supervision into plans and specifications by the New York firm of Sparkman & Stephens." ~ Manufacturers Description
"Cape Cod Shipbuilding's skill and craftsmanship and extensive fiberglass building experience, combined with the use of today's best construction materials, turned this superb design into a lively, well-balanced boat that is fast in light weather and extremely able in a hard breeze. The hull and deck are made of hand-laid fiberglass and color-impregnated gelcoat. The one-piece molded hull is bonded to the deck with fiberglass, while still in the molds, to assure true and consistent lines. The molded parts; the fiberglass hull, the fiberglass deadwood, and the lead keel are securely through-fastened with 3-4-inch silicon bronze bolts. The two main keel bolts accept the attachment of eye nuts and are of sufficient strength to hoist the entire boat. The fiberglass rudder is molded around a 1 1-8-inch bronze shaft and is secured at the top by a bronze-lined rudder port and at the bottom by a special bronze casting faired into the lead and bolted in place." ~ Manufacturer
Working Sail Area: 360.00 sq ft
Standard equipment includes:
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.