Spirit 30: the new high-tech eco-friendly daysailer

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Spirit 30: behind the classic, timeless lines of the smallest boat ever built by Spirit Yachts lies a concentration of eco-technology

We could call it “the daysailer with four E’s”. Elegance, ecology, emotion, essentiality. There’s little to question about the elegance of the new English jewel, the Spirit 30 (9.15 x 2.00 m). The lines are the classic, timeless ones that have made CEO and designer Sean McMillian’s yard so famous that the James Bond starring Daniel Craig steered two Spirit boats (54 and 46) in “Casino Royale” and “No time to die”.

The green soul of Spirit 30

Ecology is the real key to the project. After several tests, we used linen fabric and bio resin on the non-structural elements of the hull,” says McMillian. The hull is made of Sapele wood from environmentally responsible forests, with mahogany grafts for the deck and Douglas fir for the cockpit.

Another important focus is the engine, which is full-electric. The boat has a Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 FP electric propulsion system powered by lithium-ion batteries and a 650W charger, which gives a range of around 16 nm at 5 knots. The owner can increase the range by installing more powerful batteries. The batteries are recharged from shore or via solar panels that can be mounted above the cockpit’s forward protection. What’s more, when sailing, the reverse motion of the propeller recharges the batteries.

From the eco concept that guided the design of the Spirit 30 comes the third E, that of emotion. A boat capable of thrilling performance (the rigging is full-carbon, the rigging is made of nitronic rod and the sail area is a big one). During the tests, in 18-20 knots of wind, the daysailer recorded an upwind speed of 6.8 knots and 10 knots on downwind. If you wanted to take part in a race, you would have a lot of fun.


spirit 30 deck

Everything within reach

The fourth of the E’s is “essentiality” in terms of both lines and handling. The Spirit 30 can easily be manoeuvred independently by a single person, with the mainsail in the cockpit within reach of the helmsman, the self-tacking jib and two winches dedicated to the asymmetrical. With a light displacement of 1.7 tonnes, the Spirit 30 is available with a fixed or lifting keel. The boat can also be easily wheeled. The yard has also announced a second version, which incorporates a small ‘cuddy’ berth and simple facilities for spending a weekend on board.

spirit 30 at sunsetSpirit 30 – Technical Specs

LOA: 9.15 m
LWL: 6.50 m
Beam: 2.00 m
Draft: 1.35 m
Displacement: 1,700 kg
Engine: Torqeedo 4.0 FP
Price: 250.000 £ + VAT


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