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One-Design Class Type: Keelboat

Was this boat built to be sailed by youth or adults? Both

Approximately how many class members do you have? 300

About Shields

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. Don’t dismiss this as “just another pretty boat” until you have experienced the essence of one-design racing in a Shields. Very affordable, Shields sailboats have remained true to their original charter and maintain strict class rules on sail purchases to create a level playing field for all competitors. If you are interested in owning a Shields or starting a fleet, please contact us at

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Boats Produced: 259

Class boat builder(s):

Cape Cod Shipbuilding

Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America? 175

Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:

New England, Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and California

Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker? Yes

Ideal combined weight of range of crew:  900

Boat Designed in 1962

Beam: 6′ 5 1/4″

Weight of rigged boat without sails: 4600

Draft: 4’9″

Mast Height: 39′ 4 5/8″