Earlier this year Ipswich based yacht builder, Spirit Yachts chose Gosport Marina and it's specialist boatyard Endeavour Quay as the base to commission its brand new 111 foot superyacht.
Built by a team of boat builders using the highest quality sustainable timber and incorporating traditional techniques with the latest technology, the Spirit 111 is on of the most environmentally friendly superyachts created. She is also the largest single-masted wooden yacht to be built in the UK since the J-Class Shamrock V in 1930, which in a delightful twist of happenstance was built and commissioned at the very same boatyard in Gosport at what was then called Camper & Nicholson's.
The Spirit 111 is one of a handful of superyachts capable of cruising with professional crew. She boasts energy efficient Lewmar hydraulic deck hardware and OneSails GBR (East) 4T FORTE sails (made from recyclable materials) fitted to Hall Spars carbon fibre mast with in-booming furling.
The magnificent yacht was delivered to Gosport Marina in March for sail trials, class certification and commissioning. However, the Coronavirus lockdown meant much of the activity was delayed during April and May. Now back on track, Nigel Stuart, Managing Director of Spirit Yachts is pleased with how the final commissioning stages have progressed as the lockdown has eased:
"Whilst adhering to the latest government coronavirus guidance, a skeleton team of staff has been able to continue commissioning the Spirit 111. We are grateful to the team at Endeavour Quay, who have been efficient and professional during a challenging time. We were really pleased with the sea trials on the Solent last week as we continue to use Gosport as our base away from Spirit's Suffolk headquarters"
Endeavour Quay's yard Manager, Tim Newell added:
"This is an exiciting project to be a part of and further cements our reputation as the go to service centre for Superyachts in this part of the UK. Endeavour Quay has been a home for the Spirit Yachts team, offering ample deep water berths with access in all states of tide, close proximity to good sailing in the Solent as well as the all-important facilities of the ship yard to draw on when needed".
Established in 1993, Spirit Yachts was founded by Sean McMillan and Mich Newman, who set out to offer yacht owners a beautiful, sustainable alternative to fibreglass production boats. From humble beginnings in the Suffolk countryside, Spirit Yachts now operates from a large waterside facility with a team of highly skilled designers, naval architects, boat builders, cabinet makers, electricians and engineers, with every yacht designed to suit an owner's individual criteria. Click here to discover more about Spirit Yachts.
Now part of Premier Marinas' Gosport Marina, specialist boatyard Endeavour Quay was established in 2006 after taking over the premises previously occupied by Camper & Nicholsons. The site is steeped in history having had a boatyard located on the site since the 1790's. Numerous famous yachts and motor boats have been built in the yard including the J Class "Endeavour" from which the boatyard takes it name. Since 2006 Endeavour Quay has undergone a massive refurbishment and modernisation programme that has brought the facility into the 21st Century. Endeavour Quay is now ideally suited for yacht refit work, race preparation, new vessel commissioning and general maintenance work on pleasure and commercial vessels. Click here to find out more about Endeavour Quay.
Establised in 1994, Premier Marinas owns and operates nine of the UK's most prestigious marinas. All based on the South Coast, locations include: Eastbourne, Brighton, Chichester, Southsea, Port Solent, Gosport, Swanwick, Noss on Dart and Falmouth in Cornwall. With over 5,000 berths combined, Premier Marinas strives to be the finest marina operator in the UK, providing first-class boat storage services and quality boatyard facilities at all its marinas.
Premier Marinas is owned by the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone. Wellcome has a diversified investment portfolio and a long-term approach to investment, as a result of which it aims to spend around £1 billion a year supporting scientists and researchers in biomedicine, the humanities and the social sciences, and public engagement and education in these fields.