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Racing yacht kits, SPIRIT "THREE".
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One Metre (IOM) Nylet Racing Yacht Spirit “THREE”
Designed by Frank Parsons and Robin Wheeler-Osman.
A proven design with nearly a decade of racing under her belt, the IOM "Spirit Three" has many improvements and tweaks, and optimum keel and mast position have been maximised to the full. Features a completely new deck layout and redesigned under deck &radio installation. See bottom of the page for customer comments.
She has all weather capability and can maintain position with her rig when others have had to reduce canvas. When beating she is impressive and she comes into her own when close hauled maintaining a steady course. Hands-off sailing shows her stable nature, and she points very closely. The carefully designed underwater hull shape pays dividends in the way she is quick to respond and handles all conditions ably. A very ‘slippy’ boat, a fellow yachtsman commented! In skilled hands she can be a dozen or so points ahead of the rest of the fleet giving a very convincing win at the end of the days sailing. She will give a very good account when pitched against the broader skiff type of yacht, and we have had many good responses from happy yachtsmen who have impressed others with her sparkling handling and ability to allow the skipper to set a fast course (the quickest way between two points is a straight line!), with the minimum of tacking.
Features - finely moulded GRP hull which is trimmed to deck level, carbon
fibre fin & rudder and ready–made keel box (incorporating mast
box). Rig kit includes Nylet racing sails in scrim with 11.1mm aluminium mast & boom
tubing and fittings. The Mk3 Spirit has more freeboard than the Mk2b.
Kit specifications vary, please see options under section 8 in the price list. GRP hulls moulded in white - colours to special order (at extra cost) are, blue, red, yellow, black or orange. Racing scrim sails have coloured corners to your choice.
Kits come with a fully illustrated stage by stage colour building booklet, which is normally sent via email if you are able to view them in a pdf file (separate rig building instructions are in a hard copy).
note that (as from 2012) the redesigned Spirit 3 features new radio layout and a moulded
GRP deck (with lowered after run).
Length 1000mm; beam max 210mm.
Semi-kits are designated thus to identify them on the UK postage rates page, as they attract a lower rate of post compared to kits having lead ballast and rig.
ABROAD. Semi-kits can be despatched abroad, as indeed can full kits, but the lead ballast can be omitted if you wish (outside Europe) to reduce air frieght charges. Outside the UK please ask for air carriage rates giving your exact requirements (kit part no.) and state, zip code & country.
For individual component parts such as c.f. fins & rudders, and fittings, see sections 2 and 3. Hulls & kits see section 8. Sails and rigs see sections 4 & 7.
Building work to be done, and recommended tools: you will need either a bench or a workmate, a vice, a hand drill or electronic drill, drill bits between 1mm and 1.6mm, a small hand file, a junior metal saw, small clamps suitable for use on glassfibre parts, and various glues and adhesives, epoxy etc.
The History of the Spirit IOM racing yacht.
The original design goes back some 15 years when Robin sailed a friend's yacht in his local club. It handled very well and was a good fast design and he liked it so much his chum suggested he make him a hull from his mould. This was the start of the Spirit. Robin made some alterations to the underwater shape to introduce his own ideas of how the after run should be constructed. This redesign was the key alteration, the beam was taken down by half an inch and the bow was redesigned. After trials minor adjustments were made to the mast position (the lead ballast was tweaked in flotation tests prior to building). Anyway, this is how I recall it all those years ago. Since then there have again been minor adjustments to mast and fin position together with the brand new GRP deck which replaced the ply decking. The carbon-fibre fin and rudder was introduced some few years ago, and this made an immediate difference. The rudder has been redesigned in 2011. In 2010 alterations were made to the layout of the radio gear under the deck. In 2012 more freeboard was been introduced, about 3/4 inch at the bow feathering as the gunwales run aft. Thats about it really, so the design is hardly new, but then as an American once said "if it ain't broke don't fix it". The 'secret' of the Spirit Three is her underwater shape, this has never been altered. Thats why this design sails so close to the wind, plus a few other little secrets maybe. No secret are our wind catching sails, as a 'rival' sailmaker said wistfully, "really beautiful looking sails".
Update Feb 2013 - a new GRP hull mould has been made to maintain the very highest quality of our mouldings.
Update July 2013 - Kits now feature a new style GRP moulded deck, with lowered after run (see photo right).
Some customer comments.
I live on the coast of NSW in Australia. Some time ago I bought No.2751 (the one featured on your site). I am currently racing the boat here in Australia in several IOM fleets. I recently changed the rudder servo from standard analogue to a micro digital Hitec, 5kg torque. All of a sudden its a new boat. The elliptical rudder works perfectly and the boat is at full potential now.... please recommend a digital servo for the best result. I use also a Dubro inner and outer nylon cable with ball joints which I think are necessary for such a finely balanced design in strong winds. Points higher than the TS2 and the Topiko. Neither are faster off the wind.... Thanks for a great boat, I have never felt another IOM that glides to windward like the Three. All your efforts are appreciated here. Garry, Australia.
. . just received the Spirit(3) hull etc and I’m over the moon, the quality is quite exceptional. Kent.
Peter from Devon wrote: I completed the boat last week and put it into the water yesterday morning, and was delighted with its performance.
Roy from Norfolk phoned: Just perfect, faultless handling, great to windward, she’s a very fast boat, I’m beating everything else - I’m very pleased.
She sails an absolute treat and I'm very happy to have chosen your quick efficient and helpful services. Steve from Aylesbury.
My Spirit 3 is now on the water and sailing well, it sails really close to the wind and is competitive with the best in our club. Colin from Andover (2011).
Albert from North Wales phoned: I have just received the kit and the hull moulding is fabulous, everything is great, I've never seen such good quality. (2011).
Thank you for the excellent instructions which are most helpful and the best I have ever had in over 30 years of building yachts. Howard from Norfolk. (Dec. 2012).
As I say in my letter to you, I am very pleased with my Spirit 3. She points so well I can let them all start and still catch up by the windward mark. Many in the club admire it. Howard from Norfolk. (June 2013).
Thought you might like to see a picture (right) of my Spirit III IOM, Kermit (so named by the members owing to the bright green colour), just after winning the Summer Series at our local club, Bridlington Boat Society. Kermit is over four years old now and has survived some hard racing in all sorts of weather. I am very pleased with her as she sails well in all conditions, but prefers a good blow to very light airs. I wish you every success with your new Thetis project, it looks a winner! Tony from Bridlington (2013).
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