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The yacht devoted to eco-sustainability and modern and charming interior design is the largest all-wooden sloop, with only one mast, built in England since 1930.Spirit Yachts collaborated with the main ship and automotive suppliers to develop the owner’s ecological brief. A Torqeedo electric propulsion system that uses a 100 kW engine will silently propel the yacht up to eight knots speed. During sailing, the propulsion system regenerates the four banks of BMW lithium batteries by rotating the propeller shaft while the yacht is in motion. All components that consume energy have been carefully selected to be highly efficient and will use a minimal amount of energy without affecting performance or comfort.Nigel Stuart, managing director of Spirit Yachts, explained: “It is important for the owner to be able to spend most of the time away from the marinas enjoying the navigation and anchoring in the bays. By using electric propulsion to regenerate the batteries while sailing, the yacht will be able to operate for a maximum of four days at anchor without having to connect the power to the ground or start the two generators on board. When the yacht crosses the Atlantic, as long as there is adequate wind, it will not have to consume any fossil fuel. "The Spirit 111 is also one of the few superyachts capable of sailing without a professional crew. The hardware of the Lewmar hydraulic platform with high energy efficiency and the OneSails GBR (East) 4T FORTE ™ sails made with materials that can be recycled are mounted on a Hall Spars carbon fiber mast and furling in the boom to facilitate short sailing radius. Spirit creator and head designer Sean McMillan commented: "A one-masted wooden yacht of this size that can only be driven by the owner is nothing but a mind-blowing engineering feat."The interior of the Spirit 111 was designed in collaboration with Rhoades Young. Jonathan Rhoades himself commented: “It was a joy to work with a client with an absolute passion for design. The brief was a combination of his love of furniture and organic architecture. The client had recently visited Antelope Canyon in Arizona and this was the catalyst for the idea of the warm sliding walls that create unique focal points within the room. Although they appear simple, these twisted shapes are perfectly coordinated with the beautiful skylights creating a calm and peaceful environment. "Without requirements for crew accommodation, guests can choose between two double cabins in the bow with private bathroom or a double VIP cabin on the right. The bow cabin houses the spacious master suite, complete with curved sofas integrated in the side of the hull, double bed and private bathroom.
August 2020 © Mediterranean Yachting Magazine
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