Traditional luxury wooden sailing yacht builder Spirit Yachts has ventured into the powerboat market before building one-off designs for specific customer requirements, however, the P40 represents a foray into the open market for this Suffolk yard, as Alex Smith describes in the video below filmed at Cannes Yacht Festival.


The Mediterranean coupe design has a small bow cabin to sleep two that is far from expansive, but should easily sleep a couple for a weekend. However, the centre of attention on board is the vast cockpit aft of the helm with its deep, comfortable seats and expansive sun pads.

Spirit yachts P40 video

Spirit yachts P40 video.

The standard twin Yanmar 260hp engines will see the boat top out at around 40 knots and Alex predicts the all wooden construction should make for a much softer ride at those speeds than the rigidity so commonly found in glass-fibre boats.

For more top-end tenders and runabouts, see: Cockwells 650 SR: handmade sport runabout or Five fabulous superyacht runabouts.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.