Spirit Yachts is set to launch its new DH63 yacht at Southampton Boat Show in September, marking the 25th anniversary year for the UK boatbuilder.
Making its world debut the 19.2m yawl sailing yacht has been designed for cruising and racing in the UK and Caribbean, with a deckhouse design incorporating a raised coachroof to provide protection from the elements. Panel windows incorporated into all sides of the coachroof facilitate near 360-degree views of the horizon from the chart table. Also incorporated into the deckhouse is a sofa arrangement with port and starboard bunks for use during long distance passages.
Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart commented, “We worked closely with the owner to fulfil his brief of iconic Spirit style married with practicality for liveaboard cruising as well as occasional racing.”
With a 110hp Yanmar engine, the Spirit DH63 has a maximum speed of 9 knots and a cruising speed of 8 knots, and an approximate cruising range of 820Nm. Carbon spars and nitronic rod rigging are paired with a OneSails sail wardrobe comprising a fully battened mainsail and mizzen, a 105% jib and a custom electric furling asymmetric.
Unlike other Spirit deckhouse designs, the DH63 has a yawl rig. Spirit Yachts head designer Sean McMillan commented, “A yawl rig is particularly beneficial for a cruising yacht and during initial discussions with the owner we identified this would best suit his plans for sailing around the Caribbean.
“A yawl is in essence a sloop with a trim tab in the form of a small mizzen, so the efficiency of the sloop rig is not compromised. It allows a mizzen staysail, which is an effective reaching sail, and if the weather is bad you can be very comfortable flying just a small jib and the mizzen.”
The cockpit has been designed with electric winches within easy reach, a fold-out table with built-in drinks fridge and wide, full-length seats to create a comfortable seating, sunbathing and crewing area. A boom light is fitted to illuminate the cockpit, allowing alfresco dining. A starboard aft locker opens to reveal steps down to an opening section of the transom and a fold-out swim ladder; guests also have access to a hot and cold aft deck shower.
Access to the engine room, which is fitted with hi-density sound proofing, is via the deckhouse, saloon and guest cabin to give multiple access points for servicing. A 400ltr fuel tank is supported by a second 240ltr tank for longer passages.
A Fischer Panda 15,000i water-cooled generator is equipped with a 3-cylinder-engine and offers variable speeds for ultra-quiet running. A water maker, carbon passarelle, Anthony Gallo sound system, washing machine, sun awnings and bimini add to this already well-equipped cruising yacht.
A bow thruster, Raymarine navigational instruments and Lewmar remote deployment anchor are in place to assist with manoeuvring and mooring.
Air-conditioned throughout, the interior is bright and airy with modern upholstery and overhead hatches, complemented by natural teak flooring and white eggshell timber with a mahogany trim.