Spirit Yachts has an established reputation as a builder of exquisite craft that combine the best of new technology with traditional styling and materials. (See Ladykillers: top yachts to get the girl.) This boat is the first of a new range of serious cruising yachts that offer significantly more interior space relative to overall length than previous Spirit Yachts. Nevertheless, the Spirit 47CR retains all the hallmarks of the company’s existing models, including fine lines, top quality craftsmanship and graceful overhangs.
The boat was certainly one of the stars of the recent Southampton Boat Show. Her gleaming varnishwork couldn't fail to catch the eye, and we jumped at the chance to have a closer look. Join Rupert Holmes on this Spirit 47CR video tour.
The topsides and deck styling of the Spirit 47CR strongly echo traditional shapes. Meanwhile the under water profile and rig are bang up to date. Construction is of strip planked douglas fir, plus two double diagonal layers. Then the outer shell of the hull is protected by laminations of epoxy. This provides an impressively stiff structure with a higher strength to weight ratio than conventional glass fibre construction.
Below decks the timber construction helps provide a superb comfortable feel that shows off the quality of workmanship to the full. Accommodation includes a large saloon with impressive headroom and dining seating for six around a central table. The owner’s suite is forward, with a king-sized bed. There's also a smaller double guest cabin, plus a further double berth aft of the chart table.
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