Our SPIRIT features an all-steel hull with a high degree of performance and ease of handling ideal for long range cruising. Generous sail areas are incorporated into either a ketch or cutter rig of masthead type, both with self-tending jib. Fuel oil, water, and waste tanks are integral with the hull and ballast is located internally in the form of a low-cost mix of concrete and scrap steel. Cabin, cockpit, and interior construction is of wood and plywood for lightweight and simplicity. Wide sidedecks, raised bulwarks, an all-inboard rig, and T-shaped cockpit insure a vessel that is safe and easy to handle.
The SPIRIT has spacious accommodations with a workable arrangement well suited to lengthy voyaging. The navigator's station has its own berth, a chart table that slides out of the way for berth access, foul weather gear locker, and space for electronics. A double berth is located opposite plus a hanging locker under the chart table and a complete toilet room forward, convenient to the main living spaces. The galley is a roomy U-shape with double-bowl sink, trash receptacle, big ice box, and gimbal-mounted range with oven. The main cabin area features a big drop-leaf table flanked with settees that can handle the entire crew for dining or conversation. Up forward is a private stateroom with double berth, roomy hanging locker, a convertible seat, and another complete toilet room adjacent. The chain locker in the forepeak is separated from the cabin by a steel watertight bulkhead.
The SPIRIT hull is a multi-chine configuration for simplicity and speed of construction. The Full Size Patterns provided with the plans simplify the construction since no lofting is necessary unless desired by the builder (a Table of Offsets is also included). The keel is a full-length type for directional stability and safety, yet the forefoot is cutaway for quick tacking. Such a configuration also protects the underwater gear and simplified haul-outs. Power is provided by a single engine (preferably a diesel) located aft and connected by a v-drive. Study Plans describing this design in much more detail are available separately.
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