The Spirit 63DH (Deckhouse) yawl was designed to suit cruising around the Caribbean and racing at worldwide classic regattas. A deckhouse was chosen due to the raised coachroof, which would provide protection from the elements. The mizzen rig was added to help stabilise the yacht at anchor in high winds. Panel windows incorporated into all sides of the coachroof facilitate near 360-degree views of the horizon from the chart table.
The cockpit was designed with electric winches within easy reach, a fold-out table with built-in drinks fridge and wide, full-length seats to create a comfortable seating, sunbathing and crewing area. A boom light is fitted to illuminate the cockpit, allowing alfresco dining. A starboard aft locker opens to reveal steps down to an opening section of the transom and a custom fold-out swim ladder; guests also have access to a hot and cold aft deck shower.
Handling is smooth with a 48” mahogany and stainless-steel wheel fitted with a steering brake and the throttle and gear change are within easy reach. A bow thruster, Raymarine navigational instruments and Lewmar remote deployment anchor are in place to assist with manoeuvring and mooring.
Carbon spars and nitronic rod rigging are paired with a OneSails sail wardrobe comprising a fully battened mainsail and mizzen, a 105% jib and a custom electric furling asymmetric for outstanding performance.
Air-conditioned throughout, the interior is bright and airy with modern upholstery and overhead hatches, complemented by natural teak flooring and white eggshell timber with a mahogany trim. Accommodation is for six across three cabins and two ensuites. A spacious saloon allows open plan access to the well-equipped galley.
The maintenance aspect of long distance cruising and liveaboard has been considered throughout the design of the Spirit 63DH. Access to the engine room, which is fitted with hi-density sound proofing, is via the deckhouse, saloon and guest cabin to give multiple access points for servicing.
With a 110hp Yanmar engine, the Spirit 63DH has a maximum speed of 9 knots and a cruising speed of 8 knots, and an approximate cruising range of 820Nm. A 400ltr fuel tank is supported by a second 240ltr tank for longer passages.
Lazarette lockers cater for stowage of a dinghy, outboard engine, gas bottles and all cruising equipment. A Fischer Panda 15,000i water-cooled generator is equipped with a 3 cylinder-engine and offers variable speeds for ultra-quiet running. A water maker, carbon passarelle, Anthony Gallo sound system, washing machine and sun awnings add to this already well-equipped cruising yacht.
Click here to read an interview with the owner of the first Spirit 63DH.
Read the owner and crew’s account of crossing the Atlantic in the Spirit 63DH here.