Spirit Yachts to Build 'Super J'
Published: Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Spirit Yachts Ltd has announced collaboration with Sparkman & Stephens Inc to build a new J-Class racing yacht named “Cheveyo”, a native American word meaning “spirit warrior”. Exterior styling and interior design will be by Spirit Yachts with naval architecture and engineering by S&S.
Built to the Ranger 77B design, which is one of the original series of six designs submitted by Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens to Harold Vanderbilt for the 1937 America’s Cup defence, Cheveyo features the classic design of yachting’s golden era with modern build techniques of the 21st century. Spirit Yachts will use the sophisticated wood/epoxy construction technique mated to laser cut stainless steel ring frames to create a stiff yet lightweight hull. On deck, this new ‘Super-J’ will remain true to the beauty of the original design, including the authentic low-profile deckhouse, high-modulus carbon spars and carbon rigging. Below deck a 1930’s-inspired interior will offer accommodation for up to ten guests in five cabins.
The yacht has been commissioned by a US-based syndicate of investors and sailing enthusiasts.