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A new Spirit 46’ is currently taking shape at the yard in Suffolk after the owner of a 37’ Spirit decided it was time for a slightly larger yacht.

New in Build: Spirit 46’

by Nigel Stuart


A masterpiece of contemporary wooden yacht construction, the exquisite Spirit 46’ only weighs a remarkable 4.5 tonnes – of which half is the weight of the keel. Her glamorous looks, so reminiscent of the meter yachts and ‘sharp boats’ of the 1930s, are coupled with the latest in yachting technology; a classic wooden yacht encompassing beauty, style and performance.

Built for speed (she can regularly achieve speeds of 18+ knots) but with comfortable accommodation and galley space, this elegant yacht can sleep up to five people. With all controls led aft to the cockpit, short-handed or single-handed sailing is accomplished with ease, whilst a full regatta can be undertaken with a crew of just four.  To see footage of Spirit 46’ S’Agapo on a single-handed voyage from San Francisco to Santa Cruz just click here.


This particular Spirit 46’, the eleventh of the MK2 version is benefiting (as do all Spirits) from the experiences of the other owners, with minor but useful ‘tweaks’ to the original design. An extra floor has been fitted forward of the main bulkhead to further improve the hull stiffness in this area. This 46’ will also have a small bulwark and capping rail in place of the previous toerail configuration. This will mean a slightly drier ride in short choppy sea conditions and, with an elegant taffrail, she will be even more beautiful!

Working closely with the owner, the Spirit team are providing support throughout the process, aided by Spirit’s unique in-house design and build one stop shop. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for photos as the new yacht begins to take shape.

Spirit 46’ Technical Spec:

L.O.A. 46’3″ 14.15m

Beam: 9’3″ 2.83m

Displ. 4.5 tonnes

L.W.L. 33’10” 10.3m

Draft: 6’6″ 2.0m

Ballast: 45%

Sail Area: 684sq.ft.

Power: Yanmar