rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

A New Twist on a Classic

(Photo: Spirit Yachts)

By Mark Venables

This time of year is always stimulating for the yachting industry with several high-profile shows to pique our interest.

First up is the Southampton Boat Show in mid-September, followed rapidly by the Monaco Yacht Show two weeks later. There are the usual upgrades and technology tweaks around these events, but it is always gratifying to come across something that makes the event worthwhile. With four weeks still to go until the doors open at Southampton, there is one launch that is already inked into my diary, the Spirit DH63, a 19.2m yawl sailing yacht designed for cruising and racing in the UK and Caribbean.

There is always something classic and iconic about hand-crafted wooden yachts, and this one also has some intriguing features. The basic spec of a 110hp Yanmar engine that delivers a maximum speed of 9 knots and a cruising speed of 8 knots, with a cruising range of 820Nm, is paired with carbon spars and nitronic rod rigging and a OneSails sail wardrobe comprising a fully battened mainsail and mizzen, a 105% jib and a custom electric furling asymmetric.

All good so far but it is the rig that is interesting. Unlike other similar yachts from Spirit, this design has a yawl rig that is particularly beneficial for a cruising yacht. In essence, a yawl is a sloop with a trim tab in the form of a small mizzen, so the efficiency of the sloop rig is not compromised. It allows a mizzen staysail, which is an effective reaching sail, and if the weather is bad, you can be very comfortable flying just a small jib and the mizzen.

Aug 20, 2018



Oceanco Acquires Heerema Facility

Oceanco acquires the Heerema Zwijndrecht construction facilities. PRNewsfoto/Oceanco

Dutch superyacht builder Oceanco has acquired the premises of Heerema Zwijndrecht as part of the

New Mega-Yacht Repair Center Coming in Florida

Image: Derecktor

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a 30-year contract with Derecktor Shipyards of Dania Beach

CdM Sells Newbuild DEEP BLUE 43

Image: Cantiere delle Marche

The Italian luxury yacht builder Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) announced the sale of DEEP BLUE 43 a


AKASOL Intros Lithium-Ion Battery

The German expert for lithium-ion battery systems AKASOL announced that,  its fast-charging battery systems power a range of prototype vessels including the brand new 31.

Baltic Yachts Builds 117ft Custom Classic

Finland-based boatbuilding yard specialized in sailing yachts, Baltic Yachts has been commissioned to build an advanced composite 117ft Custom Classic sloop from the board of

SW/TCH Maritime Funds H2 e-Ferry

Image: SW/TCH Maritime

SW/TCH Maritime has announced its investment to construct and own the ‘Water Go Round’ e-ferry in

Maritime Apps