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Art of the classic yacht

Style, technique & materials

Spirit Yachts is globally recognised for its modern classic yachts and has built a reputation for classic style complemented by quality and performance.  The ingenuity of a Spirit yacht is the seamless combination of old and new; classic design incorporated with the latest modern technology.

Spirit Yachts CEO and head designer Sean McMillan is renowned for the iconic long overhangs, low freeboard, elegant lines and swept teak decks now synonymous with Spirit design.  Sophisticated classic design from Spirit comes hand in hand with the finest quality and craftsmanship.  Spirit Yachts are built by hand using a range of different timbers; from mahogany to Douglas fir, teak and Brazilian sapele.

All Spirit Yachts are eligible to race in the Spirit of Tradition class at classic regattas worldwide and many existing owners compete annually with extremely successful results.  The criteria for the Spirit of Tradition class is yachts designed with a classical look built using modern techniques and materials.  Spirit of Tradition yachts must also demonstrate excellent craftsmanship on deck and in the hull, however they may have modern underbodies and appendages and use the latest technology in their rigs.

“This East Coast yard deserves respect for championing wood-epoxy building methods and perfecting the niche of Spirit of Tradition boats.”

- Toby Hodges, Yachting World

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