BY APB STAFF on 10 Nov 2021

The 9.15m Spirit 30 is fully electric and the most sustainable Spirit Yacht to date

Britain’s Spirit Yachts has handed the first Spirit 30 over to her owner in the UK. The new, 9.15m Spirit 30 is fully electric and is the first Spirit hull to have flax lay-up and bio resin incorporated into its build.

The yacht, which is a response for demand for a smaller Spirit design, will be on display at the upcoming Düsseldorf boat show in January.

It’s more good news for the classic yacht builder, after a¬†Spirit 46 sailing yacht appeared in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die.

“The Spirit 30 is the ideal yacht for coastal or lake sailing, or competitive racing,” says Spirit Yachts CEO and head of design Sean McMillan. “She has all the style and beauty of the larger Spirits, with the fun-factor of a fast and easy to handle day sailor. Everyone who sails her steps off with a big smile on their face.”

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Spirit Yachts MD and head of production Mike Taylor added, “Not only is the Spirit 30 much-admired and a joy to sail, but she is also the most sustainable Spirit yacht to date. After several tests, we used flax fabric and bio resin on the non-structural elements of the hull, which have been very successful. The electric drive system is easy to operate and delivers simple, near-silent manoeuvring.

“We are continuing our drive to lower the carbon footprint of all our yachts and as such the hull materials and the electric drive system on the Spirit 30 are now standard options for all Spirits.”

The first Spirit 30 was constructed from responsibly sourced, FSC-certified sapele ringframes and Douglas fir planking. The hull was then made water-tight using flax material, which was laid on the timber and sealed using PRO-SET bio resin.

The fully electric Spirit 30 has a Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 FP electric drive system powered by lithium ion batteries and a Torqeedo 650W battery charger, giving a range of circa 16nm at 5 knots. Increased range can be gained with optional additional battery capacity if preferred. The batteries are recharged by shore power or via solar panels that mount over the cockpit cover.

At 9.15m long with a light displacement of 1.7 tonnes, the Spirit 30 has options for a fixed or lifting keel and rudder. The yacht can also easily be transported on a road trailer adding to the versatility of this simple yet classically beautiful design.

With her uncluttered decks and all sail controls led aft, the Spirit 30 is set-up for single or short-handed sailing. Her light displacement, modern hull design, and performance rig and sails deliver speed on the water for competitive regatta racing. During commissioning in a wind speed of 18-20knots, Spirit Yachts recorded an upwind sailing speed of 6.8knots and 10knots off the wind.

Sean McMillan added, “Due to high levels of positive interest, there are now two iterations of the Spirit 30 design. The first version is the recently launched classic day sailor version, with a large cockpit and no interior living space. This original design has been progressed into a second version, which incorporates a small ‚Äòcuddy’ berth and simple amenities for a weekend on the water.”

SPIRIT 30 Technical Specifications:

L.O.A: 9.15 m
L.W.L: 6.5 m
Beam: 1.9 m
Draft: 1.6 m
Displacement: 1.7 tonnes (light)
Ballast Ratio: 40%
Rig: Fractional sloop
Propulsion: Electric Drive, Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 FP sail drive pod