Spirit Yachts in-build P70 motor yacht takes shape
by Miranda Blazeby
Spirit Yachts has revealed new in-build images showing the progress of its 21.7 metre classic motor yacht, the P70.
In-build at the Suffolk-based yard for a 2019 launch, the yacht was commissioned by a “knowledgeable owner” and was designed by Spirit Yachts’ head designer Sean McMillan.
Work has now begun on painting and varnishing the upper decks, with scaffolding scheduled to be lowered from the top deck next week. Interior varnishing, meanwhile, has also begun in the aft two cabins and owner's cabin. The team will soon begin work on the forward guest cabin and corridor area before progressing to the aft saloon, galley and wheelhouse.
All major engineering components have now been fitted, including the engine, drive shafts, generator, batteries, stabilisers, hydraulics and sewage treatment. The final fixing of the electrics will take place when the interior finishing has been completed.
When complete, the owner-operated yacht will be capable of cruising 1,000 nautical miles at 18 knots to enable the owner to cross the North Sea without having to refuel.
The P70 build has followed the same core processes as Spirit’s sailing yacht hulls, the yard said, and includes a layout stipulated by the owner.
This will see the master cabin placed at a separate end of the boat to the guest accommodation, while the dining saloon will be open plan and placed next to the galley, as there will be no crew on board.
The wheelhouse will sit midships on the main deck leading into the main saloon. This will be equipped with a TV, bar and panoramic views from the forward windows. The accommodation and living area meanwhile will sit on the lower deck.
The ensuite owner’s cabin will sit forward and be equipped with a bath and single ensuite cabin, that can double as an office. The yacht will also feature a hydraulic crane capable of deploying a 3.7 metre RIB.
Twin Man i6 800hp engines will provide a cruising speed of 18 knots and top speed of 25 knots.
Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart said the yard is experiencing “increasing demand for motor yachts.” “Spirit Yachts is known for its custom sailing yachts, but we are seeing increasing demand for motor yachts tailored to suit an owner’s cruising plans,” he said.
“We are renowned for our design style, build quality and engineering expertise, so we know we can successfully deliver world-class motor yachts alongside our portfolio of sailing yachts.”