The Spirit P40 design has been customised to suit the needs of different owners, whether it be luxury cruising or as a superyacht tender. In each variation of the P40 design, three things remain constant: performance, beauty and quality craftsmanship.
Crafted from sustainable timber using Spirit’s wood-epoxy construction technique, the P40 is a performance cruising motor yacht weighing only 4.5 tonnes. Whilst the P40 has slightly less volume than production yachts of her size, the loss in volume is a major gain in performance. With a true planing lightweight hull, the P40 delivers a top speed of 35 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 28 knots. Speed over the water is complemented by smooth handling and impressive fuel efficiency.
Semi-displacement power boats of a similar size cannot reach these speeds and the inefficiency of such designs generates lacklustre handling and poor fuel economy.
The P40 hull design stays true to Spirit Yachts’ 1930s-inspired, elegant style and combines a flared bow with a tumblehome stern. The interior and deck layout can be designed to suit any criteria including layout, itinerary and appliances.
The cruising layout of the P40 includes an open-plan double-berth, although additional accommodation in the deck saloon can be incorporated. With options for dining space below or alfresco in the cockpit, there is also the possibility to specify an enclosed or semi-enclosed wheelhouse. The cockpit galley is well equipped with an electric hob, ample storage for crockery and provisions accompanied by a sink and fridge down below.
Fully air-conditioned with a fitted 220v generator, the P40 also includes an en-suite with separate shower and an electric flushing toilet. A bimini, aft deck shower and swim platform with fold down swim ladder on the transom provide added cruising benefits.
On a more recent superyacht tender version of the P40, the flared bow rises up to meet a long, flush foredeck with a hatch down to stowage for luggage and fenders. Raised margin boards create subtle toe rails without disturbing the clean lines of the deck. Signature Spirit Yachts’ fan windows sit on a slightly raised coachroof forward of a three-pane, curved glass screen, which provides protection from sea spray.
A removable mahogany and stainless-steel mast with the necessary lights and aerials sits forward of the windscreen. Raised helm seats are positioned to port and starboard, with all controls and touchscreen Simrad instruments on the starboard side. A Simrad plotter is housed in the port side dashboard to facilitate navigation from the helm seat. Two Mercruiser TDi 370 engines and a 550-litre fuel tank will deliver a cruising range of 320 nautical miles at 30 knots.
Directly aft of the helm seats is a luxurious, upholstered-leather seating area for up to six guests with the option for a bimini. On the stern are two ski tow brackets and a swim ladder, which folds down over the low swim/boarding platform on the transom. Underwater lighting and a Fusion marine stereo system complete the superyacht-style accessories.
A central walkway between the helm seats to double mahogany doors, which open up into the air-conditioned interior space. Fan windows allow natural lighting into a leather seating area that can be converted to a double bed if required. Hanging storage is to starboard and on the port side a 100litre fridge sits below a small bar area with a laminated mahogany basin.