SPIRIT OF RANI was designed by Sean McMillan and built beautifully by Spirit Yachts in the UK. The brief was to produce a yacht with a deck saloon that worked and looked in scale, and one which could both regatta successfully and be sailed by the owner and his family. Spirit Yachts delivered and this remarkable yacht is now offered for sale in sparkling condition.
Her classic good looks belie her modern hull lines and a method of construction which takes advantage of modern technology yet using beautiful natural timber. She is a 21st century yacht with more than a passing nod to an altogether gentler age.
I always wanted to have a classic looking sailing yacht, but with the performance and comfort of a new and modern example. Only very few shipyards were able to offer such a type of yacht, and Spirit Yachts were able to design a deckhouse concept for me, and offer the supreme quality of work I was looking for.
The plan was to do some extensive sailing in the Caribbean with my wife (short-handed), which we did for 3 seasons. Thereafter we brought SPIRIT OF RANI back to Europe. We decided to settle her in Sardinia as we find the weather conditions, and the offered lifestyle, best in Europe.
However, for just sailing around the northern part of Sardinia, and the southern part of Corsica for a few weeks in the year, instead of months, we decided to change for a smaller day cruiser.
With a bleeding heart I have decided to offer her for sale…
The right new owner should appreciate the first class quality build, beauty and ease of handling, as well as the great performance.
Proof of this are the various 1-3 positions in various regattas in the Caribbean.
The yacht is designed in such a way, that 1 person can sail and handle her without any problems, which I have done on many trips. The Mahogany hull is an eye-catcher and receives continuous appreciates from most sailing enthusiasts.
RCD Status: The yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean”
- Douglas Fir planking over male mould, 20mm scantling x 50mm cover, epoxy bonded.
- Planking overlaid with two layers 3mm Khaya veneers laid at 45 degrees to planning, epoxy bonded.
- Final layer of mahogany planking laid fore and aft to follow sheerline, the whole then bright finished.
- The hog, keel, stem, stern post and horn timber all constructed from solid or laminated straight grain Douglas Fir.
- Beam shelf from laminated Douglas Fir.
- All floors, engine beds, keel and mast support from solid Mahogany.
- Fourteen major ring frames fitted along the hull from laminated mahogany.
- Cap shroud ring frame (90mm moulded by 80mm sided) forms the primary chain plate mount and transmits the loads to hull and keel bearing.
- The bulkheads at the fore end of the fore cabin and at the forward end of the cockpit are completely sealed and form watertight crash bulkheads.
- The engine room bulkheads are watertight up to the deck saloon sole.
- All piercings of watertight bulkheads for cabling, ducting, and pipework fitted with suitable glands and pass through the bulkheads as high as possible.
- The hull is further stiffened by fitting all the internal furniture in plywood bonded to the hull to form a monocoque structure.
- All plywood used is BS1088 and manufactured to LR marine grade specification.
- Cove line rebated into hull with gold Awlgrip finish.
- Signwriting of name and port of registry to transom using genuine gold leaf.
- The hull is coated below the waterline with self-polishing antifouling paint.
- The Mahogany hull is coated with 12 coats of Durapox over the bare wood, sanded fair, further 3 coats of Awlcraft 2000 clear, sanded fair and further 3 coats applied.
- All deck beams in laminated Brazilian cedar, integral to ring frames where specified.
- Structural bulkheads in 12mm plywood, braced with solid mahogany and stainless steel tie-bars if necessary.
- The beams are overlaid with 1 layer of 12mm plywood, scarf jointed and then laminated with a 7mm thick laid teak deck, swept to the gunwale line with margin boards and king planks fitted in teak.
- Decks painted with Sikaflex DC.
- All hatches have teak margin board surrounds with no end grain showing.
- Full length bulwarks fitted as part of the hull structure, bright finished inboard with capping rail running to a low swept taffrail surrounding the stern.
- Large deck hatch provided in foredeck for access to anchor windlass, the roller reefing drive and stowage for ground tackle. Connections to fit a washing machine are installed.
- Large deck hatch provided in aft deck (port side) for access to tender and outboard storage space.
- Large deck hatch provided in aft deck (starboard side) for access to sail and general stowage.
- Small deck hatch in starboard side deck giving access to sealed self-draining gas bottle locker.
- Small deck hatch on port side giving access to an out door shower.
- There are multiple stowage lockers built into the forepeak and lazarette spaces.
- Cockpit constructed from solid mahogany on a marine plywood substructure, bright finished, with teak inlaid seating.
- Cockpit self-draining via cross-over pipes fitted with seacocks.
- Smaller drains at the most outboard parts of each cockpit for effective heeled draining.
- Dedicated locker space provided in the starboard cockpit locker for liferaft and emergency equipment stowage.
- Large cockpit locker port for stowage of warps, fenders etc. and access to the steering space.
- Large cockpit table with opening flaps for dining. Table can be stored in one of the lockers.
- Small cockpit locker in table for stowage of sail ties, winch handles etc.
- Deckhouse built of bright finished mahogany over laminate substructure.
- Sliding mahogany hatch fitted on stainless steel runners in garage.
- The deckhouse has eleven windows built in all from 8mm laminated safety glass.
- Various other flush-fitting hatches fitted as required.
Keel & Rudder:
- Ballast Ratio: 38%.
- SG blade with lead bulb.
- Carbon/timber laminate spade type rudder.
- The keel is of the flattened bulb type for maximum righting moment and with optimum high/low pressure separation across the keel assured by bulb form, with vortex tip for minimal drag.
- The keel blade is optimized for performance built to NACA section design, constructed in high strength SG steel.
- The ballast bulb is cast in lead with approx. 4.5% antimony with an integrally cast matrix to join bulb and blade.
- The keel weighs a total of 6,200kg and is through bolted to the hull with five 35mm keel bolts through the centerline plus ten 25mm bolts around the outside of the keel plate matrix.
- The keel is faired and coated with epoxy barrier coating before painting.
- The keel is fitted to the yacht in a manner that facilitates the removal of the keel if required at any point in the future (jointing seam line visible).
- Provision allowed for up to 300kgs of trim ballast if required.
- Rudder blade manufactured as a multi-laminate timber blade, epoxy carbon sheathed and fitted on a solid 90mm machined stainless steel stock.
- The rudder has winglets and a vortex tip for maximum control.
- The rudder stock rotates in self-aligning bearings top and bottom fitted with O rings.
- The rudder quadrant is fitted to the stock with a drilled machined clamp.
- Autopilot steering arm machined and fitted to stock.
- The top of the rudder stock is machinery to take an emergency tiller.
- The emergency tiller is stowed under the portside lazarette hatch lid.
Engine & Gearboxes:
- 1 x Steyr rating 100hp turbo diesel inboard, indirect cooled.
- KM35A1 Marine gearbox. 2.6:1 gearbox ratio, 8 degree down drive angle.
- The engine is mounted centrally in the deckhouse area. The engine bilge is separated from the main bilge area.
- Engine space fully sound proofed with 50mm high performance insulation. Engine intake air drawn from baffled venting in vent box sited between front of deckhouse and aft of the centreline skylight. Engine air also drawn through locker in the deckhouse.
- Engine and drive train in-line, soft mounted with flexible coupling for minimal vibration.
- Engine raw water intake fitted with heavy duty coarse filter.
- Engine fitted with hot water take-off for calorifier.
Maintenance & Performance:
- Range (Cruising): approx. 660nm.
- Engine speed: 9.8 knots.
- The main engine has been maintained in accordance with the Manufacturers’ recommendations
Propulsion & Steering:
- Steering is by direct chain and wire drive.
- Wheel mounted to shaft on double bearings in binnacle, chain over sprocket drive on keyed shaft. Chain to wire splices runs over articulated sheaves to quadrant.
- Wheel custom built in laminated mahogany rim with high strength invisible carbon fibre core.
- Five pairs of stainless steel spokes support the rim.
- Wheel brake fitted.
- Wheel diameter 1.3m, 3.0 revolutions lock to lock.
- Quadrant stops at 35 degrees either side of CL.
- Mahogany binnacle with turned top and bottom and octagonal classical fluting to body.
- Binnacle fitted with 5” Danforth or Rigel compass with compass light and dimmer switch.
- Engine controls fitted to binnacle.
- Anker up and down control with meter reading fitted to binnacle.
- Rudder position indicator in autopilot head via transmitter on rudder stock.
- Wet exhaust system with water sump and swan neck to outlet under counter.
- Engine control panel near helm position with full instrumentation and audible alarms.
- Single lever side-mounted throttle/shift control at binnacle.
- 35mm Duplex stainless steel prop shaft through bronze P bracket to 3-bladed Gori fully feathering propeller.
- Inboard shaft bearing flexibly mounted.
- Sidepower 90kgf (7kW) duo-prop bowthruster fitted in GRP tube.
- Bowthruster on/off and joystick control at helm position.
- All machinery, pumps, filters, motors etc. flexibly mounted to reduce vibration and noise and have drip trays positioned beneath them.
- Navtec manual hydraulic system with four controls fitted near helm position. This is to control the backstay, mainsail outhaul, boom vang and genoa halyard tension.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
- Hot water system fitted with a 60 litre calorifier, mounted in the engine space. Fabricated from marine grade stainless steel with a 750w 240v AC heater element.
- Calorifier connected to both generator and the main engine via diverters to enable waste heat to be used effectively.
- Cold water feed via an inlet combining pressure relief valve and non-return valve.
- Calorifier circuit fitted with all necessary safety devices – particularly thermostat, thermometers, non-return valves and pressure relief valves.
- Seafresh fully automatic Watermaker fitted, model H203, producing 50 litres per hour by reverse osmosis. 240vAC powered.
- The primary bilge pump is mounted in the cockpit side, drawing from the bilge sump and discharging overboard. Manual.
- Secondary electric bilge pumps fitted.
- All tanks manufactured from high grade polyethylene.
- Polythylene tanks opaque white and mounted so that the level can be clearly seen.
- Total capacity of 500 litres.
- Fuel tank filler fitted with anti-splash reservoir draining to tank and no-smell filter to breather.
- Total capacity of 680 litres in 2 x 340 litre tanks.
- Water tank fillers on deck.
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
- Total blackwater capacity of 150 litres in 1 x 70 litre and 1 x 80 litre tank.
- Holding tank pump-out fillers on deck above tanks.
Summary of Accommodation:
- 5 berths in 3 cabins (1 x small berth under the switchboard in the deckhouse).
- Owners’ Stateroom forward with en suite heads.
- Main saloon with seating and table to port and galley to starboard.
- Day head which also serves the double guest cabin.
- Pilothouse with seating and nav. Station, the seating can be converted to a double bed as well.
- Major structural or watertight bulkheads are constructed from 12mm plywood, scarfed and braced as necessary.
- All furniture is constructed of 9mm plywood, bonded and filleted to the hull.
- The furniture is considered as a contributing part of the monocoque nature of the structure as a whole.
- Where the interior is required to be finished in polished mahogany, the mahogany is cut out of solid material only. SPIRIT OF RANI has no veneers anywhere.
- All fine joinery, trim, doors, panelling etc. created from the finest quality mahogany stock.
- All door and larger panels cut from solid stock, mirrored and book-matched before use.
- All interior woodwork, bilge areas, insides of space, cupboards and so on are coated in multiple layers of epoxy resin paint finish.
- The interior of drawers, cupboards etc. are varnished rather than painted.
- All interior surfaces are finished in white eggshell paint or a combination of satin and gloss varnish
- All principal interior areas are fitted out in a traditional style with fielded and raised mahogany throughout, hand rubbed and polished.
Description of layout from forwards:
- The owners’ stateroom has a double berth forward.
- There are ample lockers and a lot of natural light.
- There is an en suite heads compartment for the owners’ use.
- There is a door into the main saloon, which has a comfortable u shaped dining and sitting area with a large table to port.
- To starboard there is a sofa and aft of that is a generous galley.
- Aft of the dining area is a day heads which is also designed for the use of the double berth cabin which can be found aft of this.
- Up steps to the pilot saloon with the navigation station and seating to port and starboard.
- Here there is super vision for use both at sea and at rest.
- To starboard there is joinery which can be opened to access a single skipper’s berth.
- The pilothouse opens into the aft cockpit.
- Fractional carbon sloop rig which is keel stepped. The construction is bespoke
- Fabricated in moulded carbon fibre by Southern Spars, tapered above the hounds.
- Mast and boom spray painted in Awlgrip
- All standing rigging is continuous carbon fibre, or discontinuous rod.
- Three spreader rig with cap shrouds, intermediates and lowers.
- No jumper struts are fitted.
- Forestay mated to a Bartels electric roller reefing system with drive mechanism mounted below deck. This system is controlled from the helm position.
- All halyards run internally, exiting above deck to be led to turning blocks around the mast collar.
- Genoa halyard exits starboard side to hydraulic ram with a removable halyard tail.
- Main halyard exits on the port side.
- Lazyjacks fitted in Dyneema with sufficient strength to support the lowered mainsail and boom if required.
- All shrouds fitted with stainless steel rigging screws.
- Flag halyard eyes fitted to lower spreaders.
- Mast fitted with Harken batten car track system for fully battened mainsail. There is a Switch track system fitted to reduce stacked height.
- Deck flood lights fitted to lower spreaders.
- Mast uplighters fitted to all spreaders.
- Steaming light fitted to fore side of mast.
- All round white anchor light fitted to mast head.
- All lights are LED, Lopolights where suitable.
- VHF antenna fitted at masthead.
- Wireless internet receiver fitted at masthead.
- B&G wind instruments sender fitted at masthead.
- All electrical cables exit approx. 100m above base of mast on port side.
- Backstay in Kevlar, hydraulic ram control.
- Mast collar with flange to bolt to deck and including turning block mounts.
- Hydraulic mast jacking system at bas
- Boom manufactured from carbon fibre and tapered both ends.
- Reefing lines led through the boom to the gooseneck, then to deck turning blocks.
- Boom vang fitted, hydraulic ram type.
- Clew outhaul fitted, controlled with hydraulic ram within the boom.
- One downlights fitted in boom at aft end over cockpit.
- All deck gear and blocks built by Schaeffer in mirror polished stainless steel.
- Genoa tracks fitted with high load stainless cars.
- 10 turning blocks at the mast base.
- Mainsheet on traveller fitted in cockpit with 4:1 controls with jammers to traveller car.
- Spinnaker turning blocks fitted to aft quarters.
- All bearings plain high load type – no ball or needle roller bearing blocks used in high load applications.
- Mast collar and deck plate in stainless steel incorporating halyard bail forward. Mast held with Spartight to minimum of 100mm depth.
- All winches self-tailing in all stainless finished by Harken.
- 5 x Electric and 3 x manual.
- Mainsail, manufactured in Quantum Fusion sailcloth, fully battened with deep roach and two slab reefs fitted.
- 7 full carbon fibre battens fitted to Harken batten car system.
- Harken switchcar system fitted to mast.
- Cunningham down haul fitted.
- Jib, 110%, manufactured in Quantum Fusion sailcloth, with leech and foot control.
- Bartels headsail roller reefing system with the drum recessed below the foredeck.
- Headsail reefing/furling is controlled from the helm position.
- Free Flying Reacher on a furling system.
- Prismatic glass deck lights fitted
- Ensign staff socket recessed flush into aft deck.
- Ensign staff in solid mahogany – length 1.6m.
- Twin guard wires fitted to tapered stainless steel stanchions fitted to custom made sockets sunk into the capping rail around the gunwale. These stanchions screw in and out of the sockets so they are easily removed for racing.
- Folding boarding ladder custom made in stainless steel.
- 1.5m passarelle with two pin deck mounts.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- 8 mooring cleats.
- Double roller balanced bow anchor chute built into stemhead.
- Lewmar electric windlass with warping/chain gypsy and brake.
- Operation from pedestal with meter reading and by wandering handheld control, plug in lead with chain counter.
- Main anchor 25kg Delta type mated to 70m x 10mm calibrated chain.
- Kedge anchor 18kg Fortress type mated to 10m x 10mm chain and 100m x 20mm dia multiplait mooring warp.
- Heavy duty chainstopper
- Chain self-stows in chain locker.
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
- Fitted UV resistant mainsail cover
- Fitted UV resistant wheel cover
- Deckhouse cover.
- Full bimini from backstay to mast.
- Full winter cover up to the water line.
Tender & Outboard:
- 3.6m Highlander Aluminium floor dinghy with outboard 2-Stroke Yamaha engine (8hp) included.
- 1 x 8 man SOLAS approved liferaft with A survival packs.
- 8 x Adult lifejackets with harness, light and whistle.
- 2x lifeline for the full length of the deck.
- 1 x SOLAS offshore flare kit.
- 1 x SOLAS flare container.
- 1 x Horseshoe type lifebuoy.
- Multiple portable fire extinguishers as required by IMCI.