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Spirit Yachts

Masters of the modern classic

A passionate lifelong sailor and skilled yacht designer, Sean McMillan founded Spirit Yachts in 1993.  After thousands of sea miles delivering boats all around the globe, Sean had a clear vision: to build the most beautiful yachts that perform on the water.

25 years on, Spirit Yachts is comprised of a team of expert boat builders and engineers from all over the world.  Based at waterside premises in Ipswich, Suffolk, Spirit Yachts designs and builds sail and power boats for performance racing and blue water cruising.

Spirit Yachts designs and builds its yachts in-house; a collaborative approach that involves the new owner from start to finish.  After establishing an owner’s criteria, hand-drawn designs evolve into flawless 3D concepts using the very latest state-of-the-art software overseen by our in-house naval architects.

For larger sailing yachts, Spirit pioneered construction with a stainless steel reinforced by wooden ring frames and planking. Using new techniques and modern technology to create strong but lightweight yachts, Spirit Yachts continues to innovate and challenge the preconceptions of wooden boat building.

From specialist engineers and electricians to the meticulous finishers who hand-varnish each build, Spirit’s world-class team see each project through from beginning to end. Combined with many years of experience, Spirit’s holistic approach offers a unique combination of creativity, innovation, practicality and excellent customer service.

“Spirit is an appropriate name for the yard. Its relative youth, however, means that its ethos easily embraces the strengths of old and new techniques, building true modern classics.”

- Boat International on Spirit Yachts

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