Spirit’s sleek new wooden sailboat has been designed to sail the Mediterranean in style


Spirit Yachts has once again struck the perfect balance between a classic wooden sailboat and a contemporary yacht.

The latest model from the British yard, dubbed the Spirit 72DH, combines an elegant mirror-varnished mahogany exterior with a resolutely modern interior. The 72 footer was designed for a European client wishing to sail, race and charter in the Mediterranean.

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As you may have gathered from the DH designation, the yacht is one of Spirit’s Deckhouse designs which features long overhangs, flush decks and a raised coachroof. What sets it apart, however, is everything underneath.

“The 72DH is the first Spirit deckhouse without a ‘mid-level’ seating and navigation area connecting the cockpit and main interior space,” Spirit CEO and Chief Design Officer Sean McMillan said in a statement.

Contemporary interiors.  - Credit: Mike Jones / Waterline Media

Contemporary interiors. – Credit: Mike Jones / Waterline Media

Mike Jones / Waterline Media

Essentially, the team opened up the interior to create a bigger and brighter central entertainment area. In addition, white satin panels and LEDs were installed to meet the owner’s request for a “more modern style”. Of course, there is still a fair amount of natural wood to please the purists.

In the center of the yacht, the spacious saloon is fitted with a comfortable sofa and an eight-seater mahogany table which can be lowered to create space for an additional bed. The well-equipped galley is located on the port side, while the navigation area and chart table are on the starboard side.

Elsewhere there is a crew cabin and three en-suite guest cabins. The owner’s suite is equipped with a king-size bed, a banquette sofa, a handcrafted dressing table with a built-in jewelry armoire and a large en-suite bathroom. To top it all off, the cockpit sports a large table, 10 seats and an integrated drinks fridge that ensures refreshments are close at hand. Of course there is also plenty of storage space for water toys and tenders.

Up top, the 72DH sports a Bermudan sloop rig consisting of a Hall Spars carbon mast and boom, nitronic rod rig and Lewmar electric winches. In addition, the sailboat has a Yanmar engine and a Mastervolt alternator which together propel it to a maximum speed of 10 knots or 8 knots when cruising. It also has a small generator that can recharge the batteries or power the electric oven and the air conditioning.

Summer in the Mediterranean has never been so beautiful, at least for a European sailor.

Click here to see all the photos of the Spirit 72DH.

Spirit 72DH

Spirit 72DH

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