Spirit Yachts unveils designs of one of the largest wooden yachts ever built

Spirit 111' is one of the largest wooden single-masted yachts to be built
Spirit 111' is one of the largest wooden single-masted yachts to be built
The cockpit arrangement on Spirit 111'
The cockpit arrangement on Spirit 111'
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Designs for one of the largest single-masted wooden yachts to be built since the 1930s have been shown.

The 34m sailing yacht Spirit 111’ from British yacht builder Spirit Yachts has been designed to be one of the most beautiful yachts ever built while also being environmentally friendly.

“The Spirit 111’ is an incredibly significant project,” said Spirit CEO and head designer Sean McMillan. “A single-masted wooden yacht of this size that can also be owner driven is nothing less than a feat of engineering and with an exquisite interior design, will truly be a sight to behold once on the water.

“I am immensely proud of the world-class boat-building team we have at Spirit, who are turning the vision of this exciting project into a reality.”

A low freeboard, clear decks and latest sailing hardware have been designed to give the sloop-rigged superyacht outstanding performance for both cruising and racing.

Laminated timber frames reinforced with a duplex stainless steel central cage are used for maximum stiffness.

Four high powered lithium battery banks are incorporated with the batteries able to be recharged through propeller shaft regeneration, shore power and from backup generators.

“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,” added Mr 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.”

The interior of the Spirit 111’ has been created in partnership with Rhoades Young, Spirit Yacht’s first collaboration with an external design agency.

The structural engineering has been created in partnership with Synolo Design and Spirit Yachts in-house naval architect.

Construction began in April at Spirit Yacht’s headquarters in Ipswich and the Royal Institute of Naval Architects approved build is planned to launch in 2019.

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