From cruising yachts to day sailors; catch up on the latest news from current projects under construction
The Spirit Yachts headquarters in Suffolk is a hive of activity with concepts in design, projects in build and new yachts in the water being finalised ahead of their first adventures.
Spirit Yachts yard manager Adrian Gooderham commented, “As always, we have an eclectic mix of custom yachts in build. From hybrid and fully electric cruising yachts ranging from 44 to 72ft to a 30ft day sailor, the team is working hard to deliver on the high standards we set for ourselves.”
Above: left is the Spirit 72DH (Deckhouse), right is the Spirit 44CR(e)
As you first enter the yard, you can see the team busily working on the hull of the new Spirit 44CR(e). Fully electric with solar panels integrated into her aft deck, this yacht is designed for cruising in comfort and occasional racing with minimal impact on the environment.
The yacht is now in the carcassing (plywood) phase of the interior fit out. Work has started on constructing the bed in the forward master cabin and Spirit’s skilled team of cabinet makers is preparing to begin the doors and cupboards.
Above: Spirit 44CR(e)
Meandering around the 44CR(e) and heading up the steps you meet the Spirit 72DH (Deckhouse) at deck level. Due to launch later this year, the yacht has been designed as a lightweight cruiser with the performance for regatta racing in the Mediterranean.
Looking over the 72DH, the recently-varnished, gleaming Sipo Mahogany cap rail is the first thing to catch your eye. Heading down below, Spirit craftsmen and women can be seen fitting out the spacious interior. The team has meticulously book-matched the grain of the Sipo Mahogany veneers throughout the interior to ensure the pattern of the timber is seamless at the panel joins.
Above: Spirit 72DH
With the galley, navigation area, aft guest cabins and heads nearly complete, the sole boards will be fitted throughout once the under-sole engineering and wiring is finalised. The yacht will have modern, bright interior with a combination of natural light, as well as up and down lighters, spot lights and warm LED strip lights. See interior renders of the finished yacht here.
In the adjacent side of the yard is the small but beautifully formed Spirit 30 day sailor. Work has started on laying the Lignia decking and the bulwarks have been clad ready for the cap rail to be fitted.
Above: Spirit 30
Following closely in the wake of the above-mentioned Spirit 72DH are two more yachts of the same style and size. Despite their similarities, all three yachts will have distinct differences in their interior designs and deck layouts due to the custom nature of every Spirit yacht.
The ringframes for these two 72DHs have been constructed in tandem and they are nearly complete. Each ringframe is hand-built by Spirit’s in-house team and is made up of 22 planks (5mm thick, 8m long) of Sipo Mahogany, which are glued and pressed together before being bent and clamped in place to let the glue dry. Keep an eye out for further details on these two beautiful blue water cruising yachts.
Above: Spirit 30 with Spirit 72DH ringframes in the background
In the final phases of their build journeys are two new Spirits; the P40 superyacht tender and the Spirit 65DH. Whilst the P40 is under a non-disclosure agreement, the new Spirit 65DH will is available to be viewed exclusively during the upcoming Spirit Yachts private view.