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As interior fit out on the 34m Spirit 111 continues, we reveal images of the custom-built interior furniture as well as details of the sail making contract

Update on the Spirit 111 superyacht

Nigel Stuart


As if the Spirit 111 wasn’t going to be eye-catching enough, the custom, hand-made saloon seating provides a clue as to what she might look like down below.

Currently undergoing interior fit out, the Spirit 111 is on track to launch next summer.  With her coachroof recently fitted, a peak through the fan windows reveals curved internal walls and intricate features.

The bespoke seating and bed heads for the Spirit 111 are being built by Will Fennell and Ben Jackson; both former employees of Spirit Yachts, who have teamed up with the company on this landmark project.

Designed and developed by Spirit Yachts, the first of a two-part seating arrangement is made out of strips of 10mm x 10mm American Walnut, which in total length reach 1.2km.  The sofa, which took over 1,000 man hours to build by hand features sweeping curves to complement the ebb and flow of the seamless wooden interior designed by Rhoades Young.

Above photo: Mike Bowden

When asked what the most challenging aspect of the sofa was, Will explained: “The whole piece has been technically very challenging. Every aspect has been taken to a finite degree to achieve the standards required.  It’s a collection of micro decisions taken almost continuously throughout the build, which come together to produce the end result.  Maintaining a focus on all the details has been hard work; you get so engrossed in it that you don’t see the culmination until the very last moment.”

Above photo: Mike Bowden

Above photo: Mike Bowden

Will and Ben are now focusing on building the second element of the saloon seating, which will be in the same style but approximately half the size.  Will commented: “Despite the smaller size, the second piece will take just as long to build as the first element due to the complex design.”

Above: early drawings of the seating, showing the two pieces in relation to each other.

Above: initial hand drawings by Spirit Yachts then became 3D graphics.

Away from the interior, Spirit Yachts can announce that the contract for the 111 sail wardrobe has been awarded to OneSails GBR (East).

Having pitched against competition from other sail makers, OneSails GBR (East) will be supplying a wardrobe of high performance, three dimensional, recyclable sails including a mainsail, jib, staysail, FFR flat furling reacher and a furling asymmetric.  The sails will be fitted to a Hall Spar carbon fibre mast and in-boom furling to facilitate short-handed sailing.

Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart commented: “The supply of the Spirit 111’s sail wardrobe was decided by the owner’s management team.  After extensive research, they awarded OneSails the business based on the team’s extensive knowledge of existing Spirit yachts, the technological advantages offered by 4T Forte sails, and the fact that 4T Forte sails are the only recyclable sails on the market.”

The sail membranes will be fitted with electronic chips that record data, which can then be used to help optimise sail performance, a feature that will come into its own during Mediterranean superyacht regattas.

John Parker from OneSails added: “The Spirit 111 is a fascinating project, which will bring together the leading marine suppliers in the UK.  The Spirit 111 sails will most likely be the largest ever made on the east coast.”

Next steps for the Spirit 111 will be to fit the coachroof and finalise the cockpit.  Keep an eye on Spirit Yachts’ Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest images from the build.