The Shipman is a cruiser-racer, 28 feet long
and with a draft of 1.55 metres. She has a mast head rig with three
genoas of decreasing size and a spinnaker. Boats have an inboard diesel
engine, a heads, a galley and five berths, two in the main cabin, two
forward and a quarter berth. Her long keel and ability to reduce sail
make her a seaworthy boat. When racing, a crew of about five is normal
and when cruising two or more can sail her.
The class has its own starts in races organised by the Dublin Bay
Sailing Club and at regattas, and the Class Championship is held
annually in a two-day four races event.