British modern classic yacht designer and builder Spirit Yachts will unveiled its new, energy efficient facility in December at its waterside headquarters in Ipswich, UK. The new building doubles Spirit's current premises and will allow the company to expand its workforce.
Located adjacent to Spirit Yachts’ current premises, the new yard has LED lighting, modern heating systems, and efficient insulation and extraction. In anticipation of the extra build space, Spirit Yachts has already hired ten new team members and is recruiting two finishers and additional boat builders.
Spirit Yachts managing director, Nigel Stuart, comments, “We have enjoyed a successful 12 months and intend to sustain our current growth with continued investment. Following a turbulent few years for the marine industry, it is key for British boat builders to adapt to the market. We are responding to consumer demands by offering a wider range of designs; including bespoke projects incorporating the latest technology and our popular new cruising range.”
New builds at Spirit Yachts have recently started on a 63foot Deckhouse and a 70foot motor yacht, with an order confirmed for a 52foot sailing yacht and strong interest in both the cruising range and a superyacht.
Spirit Yachts CEO and head designer, Sean McMillan, adds, “The additional space houses production mezzanines and a mechanical testing area. It doublesthe size of our existing lamination table, which allows us to increase the number of ringframes that can be built simultaneously and in turn increase efficiency.”
With access via a 7.5m x 8m rolling door, the new 750m₂ facility will allow Spirit Yachts to work on yachts up to 150feet long. The vast entrance also permitsrefit and repair work on existing modern classics with their keels on, meaning all projects will be protected from the elements.