Spirit Yachts launched eco yacht: Spirit 111

Spirit Yachts has launched its 33.9 metre flagship Spirit 111 sailing yacht from its Ipswich yard.

The yacht has a wooden hull and self-charging electric motor

The yacht, which hit the water for the first time on October 8, will now spend the coming weeks at the Spirit yard for commissioning. This will include the installation of the mast and the boom. The sails will fitted in around two weeks time before the first sea trial. Trials scheduled to take place before the end of the month. Delivery is slated to be in time for the winter season.

The yacht is now the thee largest single-masted wooden yacht to be built in the UK since Shamrock V in 1930. Also the largest sailing superyacht to come from the Suffolk-based yard to date, easily surpassing the 30.66 metre Gaia, which launched in 2007.

The yacht is the largest single-masted wooden yacht to be built in the UK since Shamrock V in 1930.

Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart paid tribute to the yard’s diligence in the construction of the yacht. “We’re obsessed,” he said. “A lot of hard work and passion has gone into it and our people are just so determined to make sure it’s perfect.”

Spirit has also revealed more details about the eco-credentials of the yacht, which is powered by a Torqeedo electric propulsion system using a 100kW motor. This can propel the yacht for up to 40nm at eight knots from battery power alone. The four BMW lithium battery banks will be recharged during sailing by the rotating propeller shaft.

The most sustainable yacht

Stuart described the yacht as “one of the world’s most sustainable superyachts”.

“From construction using responsibly sourced timber to carbon-saving systems whilst in operation, the Spirit 111 sets a new standard for reducing the impact sailing has on our environment,” he said.

The yacht has been designed with a simple sail plan to enable cruising without crew. Spirit founder and head designer Sean McMillan described this as “nothing less than a feat of engineering.”

Spirit Yachts launch
The yacht being lowered into the water

Two of the largest mobile cranes in the UK and many careful calculations were needed before the vessel was lifted into the centre of the Haven Marina.

The launch of the yacht comes after the yard revealed the “flowing” interiors of the sailing yacht for the first time. Penned by Rhoades Young, the interior design features the “sleek contours” of the interior walls, bulkheads and furniture which unite to create a “flowing design”.

The curvaceous interior also features floating beds inside cocoons made from steamed tapered timbers.

The owner’s cabin on board the sailing yacht demonstrates the “flowing design” of the interior

The bespoke seating and bed heads were built by former Spirit Yachts employees Will Fennell and Ben Jackson. The two-part seating arrangement is constructed out of strips of American walnut; while the completed sofa, which features “sweeping curves”, took over 1,000 man hours to build by hand.

Accommodation meanwhile is for a total of eight guests in four ensuite cabins, including the forward owner’s cabin.

Featuring exterior lines by Spirit Yachts’s head designer Sean McMillan; the sailing yacht is being built to RINA standards from a wood epoxy composite supported by a stainless steel space frame.