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Craftsmanship

World renowned woodwork

Spirit Yachts comprises a highly skilled team of boat builders, finishers, cabinet makers, joiners and mechanical and engineering experts, all of whom are passionate, dedicated and highly skilled.

Hull construction of a Spirit yacht begins with laminating wooden (Sapele) ring frames with an extraordinary degree of accuracy over full size computer generated patterns. These are then positioned upside down onto a ‘strongback’ before the centreline structure is laminated as one continuous structure over the entire length of the hull. The beamshelves are then fitted before the whole assembly is meticulously bevelled and faired to take the first fore and aft layer of hull planking. In the larger Spirits the central frames are reinforced with laser-cut stainless steel inner frames to take the loads of the mast, chainplates and high aspect lead keel below.

The hull planking is then reinforced by the application of double-diagonal veneers epoxy bonded at 45° before the whole hull is covered with an epoxy glass sheath. This last phase is not structural but stabilises the timber to allow for the perfect hull paint finish Spirit yachts are noted for. Carbon spars and rigging, the latest in sail technology and modern deck gear demonstrate Spirits are built to perform as well as look aesthetically beautiful. Down below, the exposed mahogany frames and hull planking provide a natural warmth and beauty. Intricate joinery and exquisite cabinet making below deck showcase Spirit’s eye for detail and expertise when working with wood.

“I challenge anyone not to fall for the Spirit’s craftsmanship. The smell, feel and look of the finish is faultless, and you’d simply never tire of looking at the frames, planking and intricate joinery.”

- Toby Hodges, Yachting World

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