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"Sweeping" interiors of Spirit 111 flagship sailing yacht revealed

Spirit Yachts has revealed the "flowing" interiors freshly installed in its Spirit 111 sailing yacht.

The first images of the interior, which were released at the Boot Dusseldorf boat show, show the "sleek contours" of the interior walls, bulkheads and furniture which unite to create a "flowing design".

The curvaceous interior of the 33.9 metre sailing yacht also features floating beds inside cocoons made from steamed tapered timbers.

The design comes from the boards of Rhoades Young, who produced initial interior concepts and drawings. These were later refined by Spirit Yachts' in-house design team who worked closely with the owner.

It the first time the Ipswich based yard has worked with an external interior design firm.

The bespoke seating and bed heads were built by former Spirit Yachts employees Will Fennell and Ben Jackson.

The two-part seating arrangement is constructed out of strips of American walnut, while the completed sofa, which features "sweeping curves", took over 1,000 man hours to build by hand.

Featuring exterior lines by Spirit Yachts's head designer Sean McMillan, the sailing yacht is being built to RINA standards from a wood epoxy composite supported by a stainless steel space frame. It remains on track to be launched in London this July.

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.

The yard’s managing director Nigel Stuart added: “It’s important to the owner that he can spend the majority of his time at anchor and off the dock. Using the propeller regeneration system to regenerate the batteries, he will be able to live comfortably on board for four days at anchor without having to plug into shore power or start the two onboard generators.”

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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