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Spirit 46’ Helen has recently left the Spirit Yachts’ yard in Suffolk following an extensive refit.

A Beauty Reborn: Spirit 46’ Helen and her recent refit

by Nigel Stuart


Spirit 46’ Helen has recently left the Spirit Yachts’ yard in Suffolk following an extensive refit, with results to be proud of.

Helen’s third owner brought her over to the UK from Greece after she had been unused for a considerable time.  The highly skilled team of craftsmen and women at Spirit carried out a full respray, sanded back and re-varnished all the wood and replace the deck teak.

As well as restoring her elegant finish, Spirit worked on bringing the construction of Helen up to date and fine tuning her performance capabilities.  For example, the winch fittings have been brought up to date, AIS fitted, modernised rigging put in place including bringing her mast to a more upright position.  However, as with all Spirits, Helen’s durable construction has stood the test of time and her hull, keel and rudder remain untouched and still in excellent condition.


Spirit 46 Helen and her recent refit CREDIT EMILY HARRIS

Image credit: Emily Harris


Of the recent work, Helen’s owner comments: “The work carried out on Helen by the team at Spirit is first class, their attention to detail is second to none and I have been very impressed.  Sean and Nigel have kept me involved throughout but their leadership and guidance have driven the project and Helen now looks like a brand new yacht.”

Helen’s owner continues: “Spirit yachts are extremely durable and their construction could go on for many decades.  Helen simply needed lots of care, attention and expertise applied to bring her back up to the standard of a new Spirit yacht.”

As part of its ongoing partnership with OneSails East, Spirit worked closely with John Parker to revitalise Helen’s sail wardrobe.  With a new suite of sails, including an asymmetric, and a spinnaker pole system added, Spirit expect Helen to be competitive on the race circuit this summer.

Helen’s owner is extremely complimentary of Spirit’s collaboration with OneSails East and of John Parker in particular: “John’s infinite knowledge has been key to Helen’s refit, he works seamlessly alongside Spirit and his experience of Spirit Yachts meant he was perfectly placed to fine tune Helen to perform at her best.”

Keep an eye out for Helen at the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai regatta this week, with updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Spirit Yachts will be launching a new Spirit 46’ at the upcoming Southampton boat show from 11th – 20th September.  To book a test sail or private viewing, please email [email protected] or phone +44 (0) 1473 214715.


Spirit 46’ Specifications:

L.O.A :                   46’3″ / 14.15m

Beam:                   9’3″ / 2.83m

Displacement:  4.5 tonnes

L.W.L:                   33’10” / 10.3m

Draft:                    6’6″ / 2.0m

Ballast:                 45%

Sail Area:             684 sq.ft.

Power:                 Yanmar