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Spirit Partners With Rhoades Young on New Spirit Royale Designs

by Nigel Stuart


For the very first time, Spirit’s head designer and CEO Sean McMillan has teamed up with specialist yacht designers Rhoades Young on the plans for a new 110’ motor yacht; Spirit Royale.

Staying true to the classic lines and elegant wooden build synonymous with Spirit Yachts, McMillan and the Rhoades Young team have produced a majestic motor yacht design on the back of considerable interest from a yacht broker in the Mediterranean.  Jonathan Rhoades and Dick Young’s team have been involved from the very start of the yacht’s concept stage.  Following in-depth discussions with Spirit on the lifestyle criteria for the yacht, Rhoades Young produced a General Arrangement plan, which visualises the interior and exterior yacht in stunning watercolour designs.




Sean McMillan comments, “We are delighted to be working with the extremely talented and professional team at Rhoades Young in Spirit Yachts’ first partnership with an external design agency.  Maximising on our combined expertise, we have created an aesthetically beautiful wooden motor yacht, which is both generous and practical in its design and layout.”

The accommodation onboard Spirit Royale is exciting and spacious, whilst retaining Spirit’s classical and sophisticated style.  A light and airy owner’s suite located on the main deck offers a 200° panoramic view with double doors opening out onto a private foredeck.  The cabin itself has an en-suite with bath, shower and twin basins as well as a large dressing room with ample hanging space and a dressing table.   A writing desk and fitted settee offer options for a peaceful work and leisure space away from the main party of guests.

Guests have the option of two double and two twin cabins on the lower deck. All guest cabins have either opening skylights or portlights as well as en-suites with separate shower cubicles and plenty of storage space.


With the guidance of the Rhoades Young team guest areas have been well thought out, with careful consideration given to the lifestyle and the functional requirements for guests and crew.  Both practical and impressive, the full height staircase under an octagonal glass atrium provides access to the main saloon, lower saloon, wheelhouse and guest cabins. The spacious saloon offers impressive entertaining space with the option for furniture to be specified by the owner.  With the possibility to seat ten guests for dinner, the Spirit Royale has been designed for wining and dining as well as intimate family time.

As a secondary lounging area the lower saloon has additional seating and a drinks bar with surrounding stools.  The piece de resistance of this lower saloon is the ‘fold-out’ hull section that merges the interior and exterior of the yacht for ultimate waterside luxury.  The opening hull creates a large open outdoor swimming and sunbathing platform complete with swim showers and provision for tenders to come alongside and drop off guests.

The aft area on the main deck has been designed for long lazy lunches or formal dinner parties for at least ten guests with additional seating and sunbeds for relaxing in the sunshine.

On the bridge, the wheelhouse is well equipped with glass instrumentation and joy-stick ‘sky-hook’ control.  Panoramic windows offer 360° views for the two watch keepers from their elevated seats, which are positioned forward of additional guest seating and a separate navigation table.

Back on the lower deck, a well-equipped crew area comprises a captain’s double cabin, additional twin cabin and a comfortable crew mess area.  In addition, the commercially equipped galley and laundry space contains refrigerator, freezer, ice-maker, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, five burner range and microwave, amongst other amenities.  Crew access is direct to the main saloon without any inconvenience to guests.

Finally, McMillan and team have included an 8.5m Classic ‘Slipper’ style harbour launch and a 4m ‘Whitehall’ style sailing dinghy, both of which are housed aft on the upper deck with crane launch direct to the water.  An additional 3.6m Williams jet drive RIB is housed under the foredeck, also with crane launch direct to the water.


Spirit Royale 110’ Specifications:


LOA: 34.25m 112ft

LWL: 28.50m 93ft 5ins

Beam: 7.5m 24ft 7ins

Draft (laden): 2.0m 6ft 7ins

Displacement: 52 tonnes (light), (83 tonnes fully laden)

Power options: 2 x 575hp Caterpillar C9 Acert / 2 x 580hp Yanmar 6HYM

Drive options: Hydraulic Azimuth drives / Twin screw shaft drives

Gensets: 1 x 33kva, 1 x 20kva

Stabilizers: Zero speed, Vector finned. Gyroscopic as optional extra.

Speed: 13.5 knots max, 11 knots cruise

Fuel: 20,000 litres, approximate cruising range 2000+ Nm

Water: 10,000 litres, water maker 600lt/h


To find out more about the new Spirit Royale designs, please contact Nigel Stuart: [email protected] or +44 (0)1473 214715.