Spirit Yachts has reached a milestone in the construction of its 33.9-metre Spirit 111 sailing yacht project after the hull was turned at its yard in Suffolk.
Spirit 111 will be the largest sailing superyacht built by Spirit Yachts to date.
This rendering of Spirit 111 shows the 'cocoon' beds that will feature inside, with accommodation for up to eight people.
Spirit 111 is due for completion in mid-2019 and will be one of the largest single-masted wooden sailing yachts to be built since the J Class era. As the new images released by the British yard show, the hull is now structurally complete and the yard can progress to the interior fit-out stage.
Featuring exterior lines by Spirit Yachts’ head designer Sean McMillan and interior styling by Rhoades Young, the sailing yacht is being built to RINA standards from a wood epoxy composite supported by a stainless steel space frame.
McMillan, who is also Spirit’s CEO, said, “As we head into our landmark 25th year in business, the rollover of our largest yacht to date was a moment in history for Spirit Yachts, and a spectacular sight at our yard on the edge of the River Orwell.”
Working with an interior design studio for the first time, Spirit 111 will boast a curvaceous interior, with floating beds inside ‘cocoons’ made from steamed tapered timbers. Accommodation will be for up to eight people.
There has been a focus on environmental factors during the project’s development, with the 30-year-old client stating they are keen to spend long periods of time on board without burning too much fuel.
As a result, the sailing yacht will be fitted with a 160kw Torqeedo electric propulsion system supported by four BMW i3 lithium battery banks that can be recharged while cruising under sail power, or topped up by a pair of 25kw back-up generators.
Her estimated top speed under power is 11 knots, but the owner is more interested in sailing performance; a custom carbon rig, Lewmar hydraulic system and an extensive OneSails 4T40 sail wardrobe have been specified.
Spirit Yachts added that the beam will be 6.4 metres, with a maximum draught of 4.05 metres and a fully laden displacement of 65 tonnes, while Jens Cornelsen of Cornelsen & Partner is providing project management services.
When complete, Spirit 111 will be the largest sailing superyacht built by the Ipswich-based yard to date; its previous flagship was the 30.66m (101ft) Gaia, which launched in 2007.
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