Wooden construction may seem a thing of the past. But, the practice is alive and well at Spirit Yachts. In fact, the UK builder is about to start work on one of the largest, single-masted wooden yachts created in the country. She’s the sloop-rigged Spirit 111, further becoming Spirit Yachts’ biggest project. Spirit Yachts has
ALL PHOTOS: Carlo Baronicini Sea Eagle is the second of a limited-edition series of three sailing superyachts from Royal Huisman. But, she represents more than that. The 141-foot (43-meter) sloop was delivered to a Taiwan-based lover of the sea and racing. Her owner, Samuel Yin, plans a world cruise and occasional participation in superyacht regattas.
Blue skies complemented the blue hull of Sea Eagle as she emerged from her paint shed at Royal Huisman this week. Sea Eagle is a 142-foot (43.31-meter) sloop, with naval architecture by Germán Frers. With a fixed draft of 14’8” (4.5 meters), she’s intended for both personal cruising and regatta racing on occasion. Her owner
Usually, Spirit Yachts’ projects are designed in house. But, there’s a first time for everything, which explains why the UK builder has teamed with Rhoades Young Design on a new motoryacht. She’s Spirit Royale, a 110-footer (33.5-meter) as classic in looks as she is in build. To the latter point, Spirit Royale will feature all-wood
Rhoades Young Design is well-known—rightfully so—for its sailing-yacht interiors and styling, some of which have echoed bygone-era looks. But the 24-year-old design firm has also made a number of contributions to motoryacht looks, too. The 49M Classic Explorer proposal shown here is borne out of this experience. The 49M Classic Explorer (160’8”, or 49 meters)
It was in the dying weeks of 2014 that we found ourselves putting Wisp, the 156-foot (48-meter) sloop launched by Royal Huisman, through her paces. Heeling to starboard with 18 knots of winter wind whipping across our port bow, Wisp danced across the surface, trailing a frothing white wake. At the helm we feel instinctively