Design philosophy: Beauty sells boats. Beauty is essentially free, since
it costs no more to build a well designed, lovely boat than to build an
ugly, ill designed one. Moreover, good production design can actually
reduce the cost of construction.
Shannon believes in leaving a small footprint on earth and consciously
limits himself to design projects which are
ecologically friendly, fuel efficient, and fun. He does not
believe in giant fuel guzzlers or cannot justify megayachts.
He enjoys designing small, simple boats, which can be more fun, and don't
make a huge dent in the planet's dwindling resources.
Biography: Grahame Shannon was born in Grenada, the British West Indies to a
nutmeg plantation family. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 4
when the political climate in Grenada turned sour. After his
schooling in Alberta, be worked as a computer engineer for more than 10 years for IBM, MAI and Telex. In 1979, he took a drastic
cut in pay to pursue his dream of becoming a yacht designer. In
1984, he bought his first computer, a Radio Shack Tandy 2000 and worked
on developing tools for yacht design. As an offshoot from
his yacht design work, AutoSHIP
was born and in a span of five years, AutoSHIP became the world's
leading PC-based hull design software with clients from over 40
countries. When the company got too big, Mr. Shannon sold the
company and went back again to his first love - yacht design. He is
and very selective about his projects. He remains actively racing
In 2010, Grahame Shannon co-founded TouchSquid Technology Inc, with his
son James Shannon with the vision of developing TouchSquid - a
Universal TV remote control
Android tablet computer with a built-in Infrared Blaster and a
proprietary software app.
Grahame Shannon is most famous for being the founder of AutoSHIP Systems
Inc., the developer/publisher of the PC-based AutoSHIP hull design
software. The company was since sold in 1993 and continues to
operate as a software developer/publisher.
In 1995, he was part of the America cup challenge design team, America
Cube for the yacht Mighty Mary. He was also part of
the design team for the most popular dinghy in the world - the
Walker Bay 8. Today, he does custom design work for
private clients, and some consulting work for production companies.
Some of his sailing adventures include sailing from BC to Hawaii on his
self-built folkboat, circumnavigating Vancouver Island, cruising the
Carribean, and the canals in Southern France. In 2008, he embarked
on a three-month sailing trip from BC to Alaska - this time, on a Hanse 37.