The new Spirit 111 Superyacht is a sustainable stunning single-masted wooden yacht with an elegant, sculptural all wood curved interior design that is simply mind-blowing.
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The Spirit 111 Superyacht is gorgeous. Inside and out. Designed and built in-house by Spirit’s Sean McMillan it is one of the most environmentally friendly sailing superyachts ever created. The 34m yacht is believed to be the largest single-masted wooden yacht built in the UK since the Shamrock V in the 1930s.
The elegant sailing yacht is complex in her design and engineering. In addition to its 450 sq meters of sails, the yacht has an electric propulsion system that uses a 100kW motor to propel the yacht silently for up to 30nm at eight knots from battery power alone.
Using electric propulsion to regenerate the batteries while sailing, the yacht is able to operate for up to four days at anchor without having to plug into shore power or start the two onboard generators.
Spirit founder and head designer Sean McMillan commented: “A single-masted wooden yacht of this size that can be owner-driven is nothing less than a feat of engineering. The yacht’s impressive strength to weight ratio, a carbon rig and lightweight, performance sails will allow the owner to compete at regattas worldwide.”
One of the world’s most sustainable superyachts, everything from the air-conditioning, fridge, freezer, and water-heater to the generators and powered winches, were each selected for optimal eco performance.
The Stunning Wood Interior
The custom interior by Rhodes Young is Spirit Yachts’ first collaboration with an external design agency and the results are stunningly impressive. With no straight edges, the interior is a seamless flow of organic curved surfaces hand-built using the finest quality, sustainably sourced timber by Spirit’s talented team of craftsmen.
Rhoades Young partner Jonathan Rhoades said: “It was a joy to work with a client with an absolute passion for design. The brief was a combination of his love for furniture and organic architecture. The client had recently visited Antelope Canyon in Arizona and this was the catalyst for the idea of the warm soft flowing walls creating unique focal points within the room. Whilst appearing simple these twisting forms are co-ordinated perfectly with the beautiful skylights above creating a calm and tranquil ambiance. These elegant forms not only twist and peel to create counters but uniquely create the intimate back drops for the highly detailed ‘steam pieces’ which blur the line between furniture and sculpture. It has been an absolute privilege to work on this project with the client and the craftsmen and women who created it.”
Below deck, a generous master suite occupies the forward cabin, complete with yet more curved fixtures, while the two guest cabins are located at the rear and a fourth cabin is tucked off the main space.
Designed and developed by Spirit Yachts, the custom crafted curved two-part seating arrangement is the visual centerpiece of the open galley.
Built by former Spirit Yacht employees, Will Fennell and Ben Jackson, it was made out of strips of 10mm x 10mm American Walnut and took over 2,000 man-hours to build by hand.
The two also made the C-shaped arrangements from steamed timber that curve over the beds in the Master and VIP cabins.
The walls and bulkheads flow in an ‘S’ shape through the interior, which has a natural look and feel thanks to the combination of the exposed Sipo, teak and American Walnut responsibly sourced timber.
Discreet doors with hidden, sensor-activated recesses, rather than visible door handles, ensure smooth lines and a contoured look throughout.
Onboard there’s a smart lighting system that uses almost no light switches; motion sensors turn lights on and off during the day. At night, sensors under the beds detect if someone is up and light the way toward the bathroom (which as you can see is also made entirely of curved wood).
If a guest starts to go elsewhere within the interior, the system will deduce which way they are going and light the relevant areas in a very soft warm light.
There’s no need for crew accommodations because the Spirit 111 is also one of few superyachts capable of cruising without a professional crew.
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information and images courtesy of Nigel Stuart and Spirit Yachts