The latest updates from Spirit yachts currently under construction
If you were to step inside the Spirit yard, you would be met with the warm, natural smell of timber and a cacophony of boat-building sounds ranging from buzzing sanders to the tapping of chisels. Once your eyes take in the craftsmen and women busy at work, you would then begin to notice the details of the projects they are creating.
Upon entering the yard, the 72ft silhouette of the new Spirit 72DH (Deckhouse) looms from up high. Peering into the hull, you would see the interior carcassing (plywood phase) is complete with the final trims, panels and cupboard doors to follow. The deck beams are being fitted to allow the sub-deck to be added by the end of the year. In January, the team will lay the Lignia decking and fit the hand-crafted Sipo Mahogany cap rail.
Above: the new Spirit 72DH in build
Designed for Mediterranean family cruising and occasional racing, the Spirit 72DH is a deckhouse with a difference. Spirit has focused on weight reduction throughout the build to deliver performance on the water. In the interior, the 72DH is the first Spirit deckhouse without a ‘mid-level’ seating and navigation area linking the cockpit and the main interior space. Instead, the companionway steps lead straight down into the open plan galley.
Above: a render of the new Spirit 72DH
In front of the 72DH, is the smaller but equally pretty form of the Spirit 30. She is a lightweight day sailor designed for cruising and racing in coastal or lake locations. Having overlaid the timber hull with a flax fabric and bio resin barrier, the yacht was rolled over to allow fit out to begin. The bow and stern internal areas have now been varnished, the plywood is down on the deck and the team is working on the cockpit.
Above: inside the Spirit 30
The Spirit 30 was due to be revealed at the Düsseldorf boat show, which has been postponed to 17th – 25th April 2021. To register interest in viewing the yacht (either at an event or at Spirit’s Suffolk headquarters) email [email protected]
Next to the Spirit 30, is the sleek Spirit P40 motor yacht. As a superyacht tender, she is under a confidentiality agreement, but as she nears completion it is clear she will be a head turner.
Stepping next door into the adjacent yard, you are met by the long, elegant lines of the Spirit 65DH (Deckhouse) in the latter stages of her build. Her interior is almost complete, including American Walnut cabinetry, bespoke upholstery for the saloon, deckhouse and cabin seating by Tetrad (a British company producing high quality hand-crafted furniture and upholstery), and a brushed zinc galley work top. With the interior in the final furlongs, Spirit’s team of electricians and engineers have set to work on the last stage of installing the yacht’s systems.
On deck, the cap rail has been fitted and the Lignia deck is laid. After Christmas, Lignia decking will be laid on the coachroof and in the cockpit, and the final exterior finishing will begin.
Above: fairing the cap rail on the Spirit 65DH
Designed for family cruising in the UK, Mediterranean and Caribbean, the brief from the Spirit 65DH owners was for a beautiful yet practical cruising yacht that leaves minimal impact on the environment. As well as an Oceanvolt electric drive system, the yacht will have OneSails 4T FORTE™ recyclable sails, an inflatable tender with a Torqeedo electric motor and energy efficient systems throughout her interior.
Above: a render of the new Spirit 65DH
Early next year, a new Spirit 44CR(e) will go into construction. If you are interested in a Spirit yacht, contact the team via the details below for new build timings.
+44 (0)1473 214 715