Custom blue water cruising yacht - Spirit of Adventure for sale


Spirit of Adventure has been for sale with us for some time and although their have been a number of viewings, selling the boat out of South Africa with the travel commitments that this entails for private/own skipper purchases remains a constraint. However, Summer has now arrived in Cape Town, the weather is good and will remain so usually until the end of May. The next six months are an ideal time to escape the dreariness of a wet northern hemisphere and combine a viewing of this wonderful boat with a holiday in the Winelands and wildlife parks of the Western Cape.
This beautiful yacht remains laid up and ready for viewing ashore at the Saldanah Yachtport, some eighty miles north of Cape Town. Spirit was designed for an experienced sailor whose remit was for a fast long distance blue water luxury cruising yacht. In particular the vessel has to be capable of being sailed by a small crew, and occasionally single-handed. Since the boat was launched it has completed thousand of miles of this type of sailing including three passages from New Zealand to Tahiti and back. Her last big trip was a double-handed cruise around the North of Australia to Bali, onwards to Seychelles and eventually to Durban, South Africa. For the final leg of the trip to Cape Town her owner was joined by designer Merfyn Owen.
SOA has been lovingly sailed and professionally refitted/updated both cosmetically and mechanically since launch, to this date is available at a very low price, at a quarter of her replacement cost. With many of the western economies in full recovery after the recession we're convinced the yacht will sell this Summer season and so early viewing and booking that holiday break in CapeTown is much encouraged.


This futuristic sailing machine was designed for an experienced sailor whose remit was for a fast long distance blue water luxury cruising yacht. In particular the vessel has to be capable of being sailed by a small crew, and occasionally single-handed. Since the boat was launched it has completed thousand of miles of this type of sailing including three passages from New Zealand to Tahiti and back. Most recently ‘Spirit’ was sailed double handed from Auckland, through the Timor Sea to Bali and since then double-handed across the Indian Ocean to the Seychelles. This true high performance blue water cruiser will be available for viewing in Cape Town, South Africa, from April 2009.

In styling the boat the client particularly wanted to maintain some consistency with the form of an Open 60, whilst improving comfort and protection from wind and weather. Lead designer Allen Clarke had the delicate job of balancing the requirements of comfortable sea keeping, comfort and a luxurious accommodation with the ever-present greed for speed.

The result is a custom designed wide powerful yacht with twin wheels, separate working cockpit and a full-length undercover lounge cockpit sheltered behind and under a large coach roof.

The saloon area inside the coach roof seats eight for dinner with exterior views and the main accommodation is divided into two comfortable staterooms aft and four other berths. At the owner’s request the area forward of the mast was left empty, as the intention is to cruise quickly and with the minimum of people whilst still having the ability to lavishly entertain in harbour. Subsequently simple, light accommodation was provided in the forward compartment for additional guests. It was envisaged that this area could fro future owners be adapted  to a cabin with a full fit out.

Stability and righting moment is high and commensurate with a transoceanic yacht designed to round Cape Horn, as the owner has already done before. In more exotic locations, access into shallow anchorages is achieved by means of a lifting fin and bulb keel. Once at anchor the transom converts into a bathing platform from where the fully inflated tender can be launched from its garage with access in/out of the water via a slide away boarding ladder under the starboard steps. For Mediterranean style mooring the lightweight carbon passarelle/ gangway is discretely disguised as the top cross member and guardrail on the yacht’s stern.

Length overall: - 19.50m
Max. Beam: - 5.50m
(keel down) - 4.00m
(keel up) - 2.60m
Displacement (sailing) - 17800kg

In November 2004 the luxury cruiser Spirit of Adventure returned from Tahiti to the viaduct basin in Auckland where she was launched. Here is unedited our client’s report after that trip and of the period when he had been cruising with his family in the Pacific.

"Dear Merf and Allen

Friday last week, I and my friend Ecki arrived well in Auckland around 0200 pm on the mooring of the customs. Later we moved to Viaduct harbour, where Tim and Alan expect us already.

In exact 12 days we sailed 2483 m ( may be more, because I calculated it only in the charts day by day). We have had wind till 45 kn and the ship was sailing very safe with the solent and 2 reefs in the main on an angle to the wind of 120 till 140 degrees. In this strong wind we have got a speed of around 16 kn in the top. The ship was always easy to control and to handle. Only the main was damaged in the area of the battens. But I think Tim gave you already this information. The main is now in the loft of Northsails and Bikky promised to repair it in a stronger kind.

Also the interior is fine designed. On the whole trip we have had always a good lunch easy to prepare and to work in the galley. The idea to adjust the beds in the aft cabins is also super. When the ship was heeling, we adjusted the angle and it was fantastic to sleep well.

When you are interest to see my movie about this trip, I'll send you the DVD when we back in Germany end of the next week. In the meantime the yard is working to improve and to repare the points on my list. All is running well. The ship should now stay in NZ till April 2005. Than I´ll start to an other trip. But the destination is not quite fixed. About this I have to talk with Elke.

So I will confirm you once again this ship is really my dream. Thank you. It was the right decision. I am also happy to got the info that you and your team have got some further orders to construct nice boats. Also happy to meet you and Allen once again.

Kind regards


In January this year designer Merfyn Owen sailed together with her owner from Durban to Cape Town for the purpose of reviewing the yacht prior to bringing her up for sale and to help organise a refit work list. During the four day trip in which he was brought up to date with her history since launch it was clear that the yacht has never been in a better condition to fulfil her original brief. In cosmetic terms she has been looked after, is in immaculate condition down below and requires only some paint touch up, new canvas work and polish/valet work on deck. Mechanically Spirit of Adventure has been continually professionally maintained and improved during her life. Her last major refit was carried out in New Zealand in 2007 which included hauling to enable a scheduled inspection by the builders, mast and sail manufacturers. As recently as 2009 a new modern high load generator was fitted to replace the original.

On arriving in Cape Town the yacht was hauled and fully inspected by her original build manager and a program of mechanical and cosmetic maintenance has been maintained while she has been in South Africa, overseen by a professional project manager/boat captain. In May 2013 she was sailed up to Saldanah Yachtport and has since been hauled and winterised ashore there.

PRICE ON APPLICATION  Owner will consider another yacht in part exchange in order to complete sale

Lying: near Cape Town, South Africa

Inventory and description to be confirmed and subject to contract.

A video of the yacht making passage from Tahiti to New Zealand is here

For more information on the design of Spirit of Adventure: Design

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