New yawl deckhouse design will make its world debut in Spirit Yachts’ 25th anniversary year

British modern classic yacht company Spirit Yachts is launching its latest new build, the Spirit DH63, at this year’s Southampton Boat Show from 14th – 23rd September.  Being unveiled for the first time at Southampton marina in berth M260, the 19.2m yawl sailing yacht has been designed for cruising and racing in the UK and Caribbean.

The deckhouse design incorporates a raised coachroof, which provides protection from the elements. Panel windows incorporated into all sides of the coachroof facilitate near 360-degree views of the horizon from the chart table.  Also incorporated into the deckhouse is a sofa arrangement with port and starboard bunks for use during long distance passages.

Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart commented, “We worked closely with the owner to fulfil his brief of iconic Spirit style married with practicality for liveaboard cruising as well as occasional racing.”

With a 110hp Yanmar engine, the Spirit DH63 has a maximum speed of 9 knots and a cruising speed of 8 knots, and an approximate cruising range of 820Nm.  Carbon spars and nitronic rod rigging are paired with a OneSails sail wardrobe comprising a fully battened mainsail and mizzen, a 105% jib and a custom electric furling asymmetric.

Unlike other Spirit deckhouse designs, the DH63 has a yawl rig.  Spirit Yachts head designer Sean McMillan commented, “A yawl rig is particularly beneficial for a cruising yacht and during initial discussions with the owner we identified this would best suit his plans for sailing around the Caribbean.

“A yawl is in essence 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.”

The cockpit has been designed with electric winches within easy reach, a fold-out table with built-in drinks fridge and wide, full-length seats to create a comfortable seating, sunbathing and crewing area.  A boom light is fitted to illuminate the cockpit, allowing alfresco dining.  A starboard aft locker opens to reveal steps down to an opening section of the transom and a fold-out swim ladder; guests also have access to a hot and cold aft deck shower.  

The maintenance aspect of long distance cruising and liveaboard has been considered throughout the design of the Spirit DH63.  Access to the engine room, which is fitted with hi-density sound proofing, is via the deckhouse, saloon and guest cabin to give multiple access points for servicing.  A 400ltr fuel tank is supported by a second 240ltr tank for longer passages.

Lazarette lockers cater for stowage of a dinghy, outboard engine, gas bottles and all cruising equipment.  A Fischer Panda 15,000i water-cooled generator is equipped with a 3 cylinder-engine and offers variable speeds for ultra-quiet running.  A water maker, carbon passarelle, Anthony Gallo sound system, washing machine, sun awnings and bimini add to this already well-equipped cruising yacht.

Handling is smooth with a 48” mahogany and stainless-steel wheel fitted with a steering brake and the throttle and gear change are within easy reach.  A bow thruster, Raymarine navigational instruments and Lewmar remote deployment anchor are in place to assist with manoeuvring and mooring.

Air-conditioned throughout, the interior is bright and airy with modern upholstery and overhead hatches, complemented by natural teak flooring and white eggshell timber with a mahogany trim.  The saloon has seating for six diners around a central table, with built-in twin armchairs to starboard.  The saloon allows open plan access to the galley, which includes a fridge, freezer, gas oven, double sink with mixer tap and tailor-made storage for cutlery, crockery and utensils.

A forward owner’s suite has a king-sized bed, ample storage, overhead hatch and low-level mood lighting.  An en-suite shower and toilet and a dressing table with a seat, vanity mirror and bespoke, in-built jewellery box add the finishing touches to this already spacious cabin.

A port double cabin and starboard side Pullman cabin make up the aft guest accommodation, with a toilet, basin and shower on the port side.

About Spirit Yachts:

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, Spirit Yachts has created nearly seventy elegant wooden sail and power yachts from 37′ to over 100′ superyacht, most of which are pure bespoke projects. 

Hand-crafted using wood epoxy construction, Spirit’s yachts are strong yet lightweight; offering a carefully considered balance for performance, Spirit of Tradition racing and blue water cruising.