UK boatbuilder Spirit Yachts has unveiled a first look of its new 34m wooden superyacht, billed as the largest single-masted wooden yacht since Shamrock V in the 1930s, at the Southampton Boat Show that opened this morning.
The first look of the Spirit 111, which is being built for a young European owner, reveals a striking and unique curved design throughout, created in partnership with Rhoades Young. Sleek contours bring together the exterior, interior walls, bulkheads and furniture, seamlessly combining into one spectacular flowing design. It marks Spirit Yachts’ first collaboration with an external design agency.
At the owner’s request, the project will offer optimum performance and comfort, with the addition of a long list of green credentials. According to Spirit, the 111 will be one of the most environmentally friendly superyachts ever created, with its owner able to cruise in comfort for extended periods utilising four high powered lithium battery banks. All power consuming components have been carefully selected to be highly efficient, using minimal power without impacting performance. The batteries can be recharged through propeller shaft regeneration, shore power and from backup generators which are class leading in terms of efficiency and low emissions.
“By investing in state of the art energy saving technology, we are creating one of the world’s most environmentally friendly and sustainable yachts, without compromising on performance or comfort,” says Spirit CEO and head designer Sean McMillan. “From responsibly sourced wood to carbon-saving systems, this yacht will set a new standard for reducing the impact sailing has on our environment and oceans.”
Key eco systems include electric propulsion using a new 160kW Torqeedo motor, four BMW battery banks, and two Torqeedo generators to allow for optimum running performance. There is also a Lewmar hydraulic system that uses high and low DC voltage motors and a Vortex reservoir to reduce the amount of oil in the system by 90%. Air conditioning and air heating is managed by two Webasto variable speed units that have been designed to operate in the most power efficient manner with Eco1, Eco 2 and Max modes.
Delivery of the boat is scheduled for July 2019.
The Ipswich-based builder has been in expansion mode of late, doubling its manufacturing capacity at the end of last year with a new 750sq m hall, whilst increasing its workforce from 26 to 50-plus over the last 18 months.
Current boats in build include its first 19m (63ft) Deckhouse sail yawl due for launch in the new year; a 21.3m (70ft) P70 motoryacht; and a new 49ft sailing yacht. Work is also due to start on a new 65 Deckhouse.