The Spirit 56 represents the Spirit concept in one of its most refined and flexible incarnations. Whilst conceived primarily as a true ‘blue water’ world girdler with the ability to carry all the stores and equipment that such a concept demands, this supremely elegant yacht also has the grace and pace to revel in the great classic regattas.
A Spirit with a little more displacement (12 tonnes) and a lot more volume, the Spirit 56’ is most suitable for an owner who revels in spending extended periods of time afloat or travelling longer distances quickly and efficiently and with the minimum of fuss. The deck layout is clean and purposeful so the yacht can easily be set up for short or single-handed sailing.
The interior layout is well laid out for entertaining with a large owner’s suite forward and a beautiful guest suite aft, which are supplemented by a flexible saloon and a twin Pullman style cabin giving additional sea berths when on passage. Every aspect of this classic 56’ design is optimised for comfort and practicality from the size and number of the skylight hatches, the generous cupboard and hanging space and the substantial lazarette, which provides ample storage for all necessary equipment.
The mechanical and electrical specification may be specified as required with the capacity to carry generator, watermaker, extra tankage or batteries – the possibilities are unlimited. Despite her bias towards cruising, the Spirit 56’ is no slouch. By now well proven in regattas, she is capable of speeds in excess of 14 knots off the wind and 9 knots upwind with an easy motion.