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S/V Queen Jane



Queen Jane - Shannon 50 Ketch built in 1983 by Shannon Yachts, Bristol RI; 
Designed by Walt Schultz



The Queen Jane is Shannon 50 hull number 15 and was originally constructed during the year 1983. She was christened the BRAVA and served for 15 years as a captained charter in the British and US Virgin Islands as well as in the New England area (Rhode Island). She was purchased by Kate and Jordan Bigel in the fall of 1998 and shipped to Seattle, Washington where an extensive refit and rebuild was undertaken at YachtFish Marine on Lake Union. 

After two years the QUEEN JANE was the result. The Queen Jane 2000 bears little resemblance to the original vessel. Every system has been removed and replaced over a two year period. She was completely painted using LPU (Imron) and has been fitted out with the highest quality equipment available. Below you will find some statistics about the Queen Jane and after that a list of equipment worthy of note.


Photos of the Queen Jane re-launching in May 2000



While in New Zealand in 2001 the Queen Jane had an unfortunate collision with a container vessel and required major repairs. Her bowsprit was sheared clean off and part of the bow and deck had to be rebuilt. Below are photos showing the repair underway as well as the re-re-launching of the Queen Jane. 


Photos of repair work done in New Zealand in 2002





LOA 50' 11"

LWL 42' 9"

BEAM 14' 3"

DRAFT 5' 8" Up/9' 9" Down

DISP 39,000 (empty)

SA 1300

SA/Disp 17

Ballast 15,500lbs

Fuel 189 US Gal

Water 150 US Gal

Holding 44 US Gal


About the Name


The Queen Jane is named after a Bob Dylan song which appeared on the album "Highway 61 Revisited" which was released in 1965. The full name of the song is "Queen Jane (Approximately)". You can listen to a verse of the  song using the RealPlayer or read the lyrics. The song was also part of the repertoire of the Grateful Dead and was played in concert by them regularly.


Propulsion Perkins M90 82hp

Genset Phasor 3.5kw

Alternators Balmar 185 and 150

Voltage Regulation AmplePower, NextStep

Refrigeration Glacier Bay WhisperJet

Heating Espar DLC8

Watermaker Spectra

Communications Icom M710, Icom M127

SCS Pactor radio modem, PTC-II  

Satellite Communications Iridium handheld phone

Weather OCENS SeaStation 2000, Vetus MetroLiner, Furuno FAX207

Radar Furuno 1831 w/FMD-811 LCD slave

Instruments KVH Quadro

Sonar Interphase TwinScope

Computers Intel PIII/500, DataModul 15" LCD, Panasonic Toughbook 71

AutoPilot Simrad AP20/AP22 w/Hynautics ram

Windvane Monitor

Solar Panels Siemens SM110

Inverter/Charger ProSine 3000

Charger (230vac) Freedom 40i 

Power Monitoring Link 20/Link 10

Radar Detector C.A.R.D.

Electrical Panels Paneltronics

Bow Thruster Wesmar 5hp

Sails Halsey/Lidgard, Seattle WA

Standing Rigging SparTech, Redmond, WA

Spars SparTech, Redmond, WA 

Running Rigging Fred Huffman Rigging, Marina Del Rey, CA 

Canvas Ron's Lake Union Upholstery, Seattle, WA

Mattresses Foam Source, Washington

Dodgers Artful Dodger, Port Townsend, WA

Sanitation Lavac 

Sea Anchor Para-Tech 24'

Drouge Series Drouge 

Tender Gig Harbor Boatworks & Zodiac 10' inflatible

Cooker Force 10 




Failures and Repairs


This section is an experimental segment on boat maintenance and repair. A proper log was not kept aboard the Queen Jane as it might have been. Instead, below, I have tried to list from memory each system which has undergone unplanned matinenance or modifications (to solve some unanticipated problem perhaps) what was done and why. The idea is to give people some idea of what kind of things can come up that are very hard to plan for. 


Items are freeform and are in roughly chronological order. 


Monitor Wind Vane (line chafe & breakaway tube)

Main winches

Engine idler pully

Main engine Alternator (primary)


Tank monitoring device

LP Gas sensor

Radar radome cable (chafe)

Galley sink drain

Reefer circ pump

Inflatible dinghy

Sat image receiver

Wind vane (gear dislocation

Voltage regulators

Fuel pump, 12v (for priming and bleeding)

Genset fuel feed pump

Watermaker feed pump 

Autopilot pump motor

Wind vane (breakaway tube breaks twice)

Idler pully bearing

Watermaker compressor cracked

Stbd. solar panel

Stbd railing (bent)


Hot water heat exchanger hose

Hull blisters

Centerboard trunk fiberglass work

Bow thruster motor

Pressure water pump & pressure switch

Oil change pump

Reefer cutoff switch

Inverter/charger (got wet, died)


Shaft seals/cutless bearing


And much much more...