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In-build: Spirit 111 flagship sailing yacht begins interior fitting

The 33.9 metre Spirit 111 sailing yacht project has begun interior fitting at Spirit Yachts' Ipswich headquarters.

Elsewhere, the construction of bespoke furniture has begun for the saloon, which will be fitted into the interior before the coachroof is fitted in the autumn.

It comes after the yard turned the hull in February this year. The yacht is due for completion in summer 2019.

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 as the hull was turned in February, 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. The Spirit 111 features 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 yacht's 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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