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In-build: Hull turned on Spirit 111 flagship sailing yacht project

The 33.9 metre Spirit 111 sailing yacht project has reached a construction milestone after the hull was turned at Spirit Yachts' Ipswich headquarters.

One of the largest single-masted wooden sailing yachts to be built since the J Class era, the Spirit 111 is due for completion in summer 2019. As the new images below 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 interiors by Rhoades Young, this 33.9 metre sailing yacht is being built to RINA standards from a wood epoxy composite supported by a stainless steel space frame.

Speaking earlier this week, Sean McMillen, CEO and head designer at Spirit Yachts, 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."

This is the first project on which Spirit has worked with an interior design studio and the results of this new partnership can be seen below — the Spirit 111 will boast a curvaceous interior, with floating beds inside cocoons made from steamed tapered timbers.

Environmental factors have been a key consideration in the Spirit 111's development, with the 30-year-old client keen to spend long periods of time on board with the minimum of fuel burn.

To this end, the 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.

The estimated top speed under power is 11 knots, but the owner is more interested in sailing performance, with a custom carbon rig, Lewmar hydraulic system and an extensive OneSails 4T40 sail wardrobe specified.

The yard 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, this will be the largest sailing superyacht from the Suffolk-based yard to date, easily surpassing the 30.66 metre Gaia, which launched in 2007.

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