Suffolk-based Spirit Yachts has released designs for its new Spirit 72DH (Deckhouse) currently in build at its waterside yard. Due to launch in 2021, the new Spirit 72DH has been tailored to meet an owner’s specific requirements for cruising, racing and chartering in the Mediterranean.
With a focus on weight reduction for increased speed on the water, the Spirit 72DH is the first Spirit yacht to have carbon integrated into her build. The change in material will deliver the same strength as a stainless steel reinforcement cage, but with less weight.
Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart comments: “By using carbon in the reinforcing structures we have saved over 800kg, which optimises the overall performance of the yacht once she is on the water.”
On deck, the Spirit 72DH has a Bermudan sloop rig with a carbon mast and boom from Hall Spars, nitronic rod rigging and electric Lewmar winches. The sail wardrobe is from OneSails and comprises a mainsail, self-tacking jib and conventional jib, code zero, and an asymmetric spinnaker.
Flush to the deck, Solbian solar panels will charge Mastervolt Lithium Ion batteries (a total of 20kW), while a Yanmar 4LV150 engine with a high output Mastervolt alternator will deliver a maximum speed of 10knots or 8knots whilst cruising.
The Sipo Mahogany and Lignia cockpit accommodates up to ten people around a central table with an integrated drinks fridge. As she will be used for charter, the 72DH has deck storage for a range of watersports toys and an F-RIB tender.
Externally, the 72DH appears to be a Spirit’s standard deckhouse design, but down below she showcases the ‘new look’ Spirit interior. Spirit Yachts’ founder and chief designer Sean McMillan says: “The 72DH is the first Spirit deckhouse without a ‘mid-level’ seating and navigation area linking the cockpit and the main interior space.”
360-degree windows in the raised coach roof provide new light into the interior which is amplified by the white finish of the interior timber panels. “The owner wanted to maximise the living area and introduce a more modern style, so we opened up the interior and let in extra natural light,” continues Sean.
A spacious saloon seats eight around a Mahogany square expanding table, while on the starboard side, two sofa-style armchairs sit either side of a drinks cabinet.
The port side galley is well-equipped for private and charter guests, with an induction hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave. The navigation area and chart table can be found opposite the galley.
Accommodation for eight is split across one crew and three guest cabins. The forward master suite comprises a king-sized bed, a banquette sofa and dressing table with mirror. The accompanying ensuite includes an electric toilet, basin and separate shower cubicle.
Guests have the option of two aft twin-bed cabins on the port and starboard sides. Both cabins are ensuite with an electric toilet, basin and shower. A twin crew cabin forward of the saloon completes the interior, which has air conditioning throughout.