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Experienced sailor and client manager Julian Weatherill joins Spirit as Production & Design Director

Spirit Yachts Welcomes New Production & Design Director


This month, leading yacht design and build company Spirit Yachts has announced Julian Weatherill has joined the management team as Production & Design Director.

Having worked in the marine industry for 30 years, Julian brings a wealth of experience to the senior Spirit team.  In addition to sales and client management roles at several well-known British boat builders, Julian has previously overseen the design and construction of sailing superyachts.  Prior to his successful career on land, Julian spent 10 years as a full-time skipper onboard cruising yachts ranging from 65-100ft, sailing over 80,000nm to remote locations including Alaska and across the South Pacific.

Spirit Yachts’ Managing Director Karen Underwood said, “Julian’s reputation is well-known across the marine industry.  He is professional, highly experienced, and he has a great rapport with clients and staff.  In his first few weeks, he has already made a positive impact and we are delighted to have him onboard as we grow the business.”

Julian Weatherill added, “I have always admired Spirit Yachts from afar and I have been even more impressed with the quality of their yachts up close and out sailing.  The team is passionate, and their work is world-class.  I am looking forward to a bright future with the company.”

Founded in 1993, Suffolk-based Spirit Yachts recently launched a Spirit 30 and its second Spirit 72DH yacht, which will be followed by a 68DH and a third 72DH later in the year.