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Reduced energy consumption and silent nights were the focus for the refit of this Spirit 76

Energy efficient refit on a Spirit 76

Nigel Stuart


After 11years of extensive cruising and regatta racing in the Mediterranean, Spirit 76 Nazgul of Fordell returned home to Spirit Yachts.  As well as a full service and repairs to general wear and tear, the brief from the owner centred around silent nights and making the yacht more energy efficient.

Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart commented, “The overarching brief from the owner was to drive down the yacht’s energy consumption.  This included optimising the battery system for fast charging from the main engine, and the capacity  to run the air conditioning silently for 8-10 hours overnight. The smaller and lighter generator will now only come on as a back-up.”

With energy efficiency front of mind, the team at Spirit fitted a new, quieter Yanmar 4LV170 engine, which is cleaner and more efficient than the previous one.  Alongside the new engine, Mastervolt lithium ion batteries were installed, as well as a high output alternator, a new Fischer Panda 15000i variable speed generator and a Webasto variable speed V50 air conditioning system.

Nigel Stuart continued, “We analysed and reconfigured the yacht’s systems for optimum battery recharge, which involved linking everything together so it all works in harmony.”

As well as improving the yacht’s energy consumption, Spirit Yachts worked within the owner’s budget to reconfigure a guest cabin and give the interior a makeover.

Nigel Stuart added, “The team altered one of the aft cabins, turning the bed 90degrees and make it into a larger, king-sized bed.  It is difficult to tell which is the new cabinetry and which is the old; all renovation work is in keeping with the yacht as she is today.  We re-used the timber that was cut out during the re-arrangement of the cabin to avoid too much waste.”

After many years of catering to guests and race crew, the galley was given an overall freshen up, including cleaning and re-varnishing the timber, and sanding the teak sole boards.  Two fridges and one freezer were replaced as part of the brief to lower the yacht’s energy consumption.

On deck, all electrical and engineering items, including the winches, were checked for any wear and tear.  Any inefficient running repairs from over the years were upgraded to optimise the electrical systems and hydraulics.  Having had 11years in the salt and sunshine, the exterior woodwork required a re-varnish.  The hull had a new coat of antifoul and the topsides were re-painted.

The rig was removed, inspected and given the standard servicing after ten years of regular use.  All mechanical and electrical elements of the yacht were serviced.

Nigel Stuart added, “The beauty of wooden yachts is not just in their aesthetics.  By building in wood, we are able to renovate and upgrade yachts as and when needed.  A well-maintained Spirit yacht is timeless in both its style and operation, and could outlive us all by some distance.”

Spirit 76 Nazgul of Fordell is now for sale, contact [email protected] or call +44 (0) 1473 214715 with any enquiries.