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Old 19-03-2009, 17:47   #16
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Nice looking boat- but by looking at the boat being built it seem like the bow area is closed off and cannot be used for anything- is this right?http://www.weblite.com.au/template/f...412/kit1.1.jpg
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Old 19-03-2009, 18:46   #17
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Hi all, I'm 45, from rome, italy and together with my girlfriend (she's from denmark) we are approaching our "buen retiro" or "escape" on board of a multihull. Infact we are planning our first cruise around the world. Actually we are getting as many informations and books we can get regarding our plan. Last but not Least the searching of our new catamaran.
We felt in love with the new Spirited 480, an australian girl. She is certainly good looking and she seems to be fast and safe. This is the site: Spirited Designs - Home of the Spirited 380 by Craig Schionning
We really appreciate your impressions, or better, as many informations as possible regarding her. Naturally your advice will be appreciate from us.
Warmest regards to all of you.
I don't know if you're still around, flyinghigh, or if you're still considering a 48' Schionning vessel, but the vessel in this thread from last June was for sale at the time: The Schionning Waterline 1480 Barrocka. Art and design. Here's a link to a site that her owner, CF member Barrockan, put up which provides all of the crucial details:

Barrocka - High Performance Cruising Cat For Sale

I still pull that thread, and Barrockan's sale site, up from time to time just to admire her beautiful lines. If you read this at some point, Mr. Schionning, please accept my sincerely respectful "Well done!"

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Old 20-03-2009, 02:25   #18
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Hi all, I'm 45, from rome, italy and together with my girlfriend (she's from denmark) we are approaching our "buen retiro" or "escape" on board of a multihull. Infact we are planning our first cruise around the world. Actually we are getting as many informations and books we can get regarding our plan. Last but not Least the searching of our new catamaran.
We felt in love with the new Spirited 480, an australian girl. She is certainly good looking and she seems to be fast and safe. This is the site: Spirited Designs - Home of the Spirited 380 by Craig Schionning
We really appreciate your impressions, or better, as many informations as possible regarding her. Naturally your advice will be appreciate from us.
Warmest regards to all of you.
Hi flyingHigh,

I am from Graz/Austria near Italy and planning with my family our first cruise around the world but unfortunately I still have to work some more years. After 2 years of searching I also felt in love with the Spirited 480 and we decided to proceed as follows:
  1. write an RFI with our requirements
  2. send RFI to Craig Schionning in order to get an answer
  3. search a builder together with CRAIG schionning -> collect more offers on that RFI/RFP
  4. select the most reasonable offer
I think there are a lot of potential builders which are able to build a Spirited 480 out of the kit offered by Craig Schionning.
I have found a lot of companies in Australia,Thailand, Indonesia, Europe/Tunesia. One company in Thailand for examples offers a Spirited 480 ready for sail away for 245.000. Of course everything has to be checked carefully but I think that the designer (Craig) can support us in the selection of a builder.
Of course I would prefer to wait until I see the first Spirited 480 sailing and I can test it or get some reports on it

I hope that helps.

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Old 20-03-2009, 03:53   #19
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I don't know if you're still around, flyinghigh, or if you're still considering a 48' Schionning vessel, but the vessel in this thread from last June was for sale at the time: The Schionning Waterline 1480 Barrocka. Art and design. Here's a link to a site that her owner, CF member Barrockan, put up which provides all of the crucial details:

Barrocka - High Performance Cruising Cat For Sale

I still pull that thread, and Barrockan's sale site, up from time to time just to admire her beautiful lines. If you read this at some point, Mr. Schionning, please accept my sincerely respectful "Well done!"

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WOW now thats the kind of yacht that stirs passion in my soul- It must be one of the nicest ones ive ever seen- and price seems fair-I want one!
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Old 21-03-2009, 02:22   #20
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Thanks to all the compliments about our designs.

To Ram, the bow area in the Spirited designs are dedicated to a sealed bouyancy/collision area for added safety. If you would like more information about this please contact me by PM.

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Old 21-03-2009, 10:26   #21
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Craig,

I too have seen both the 380 and 480 and am intrigued (as well as the waterline 1480). Being in the states, are there any builders you are working with here? One thing about kit builds is ensuring the builder/owner is competent enough to pull it off. I know I do NOT have the skills to do this and would have the production done professionally. But what benefits me in this situation is I still get to choose my fitout with the components I wish.

It does not seem economic to produce this in an Australian production shop and have it shipped to US for 30+k. I am at a budget of about 500kUS. I do not favor any production cats as they are mainly built for a different customer (charterer). I have been introduced to Australian designs through lightwave 380 (grainger) and seawind 1160 and enjoyed their ease of sailing and responsiveness.

I have downloaded the study plans and have reviewed. Looking forward to discussing further.

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I'm a seawind owner - so I like hearing positive things, but if you think that an 1160 is responsive then you will just love the Spirited 380. I have sailed a stallion built version, and its an absolute hoot. Just massive fun
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Old 22-03-2009, 09:55   #23
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I really like the kit design of the spirit series. Molding all of the curved pieces has to take hundreds of hours out of kit assembly and finish prep. The solid fiberglass below the waterline is also a huge plus. Balsa below the waterline always makes me nervous.
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The moulded hull parts are balsa cored. Including the hulls below the waterline.

According to a couple of builders, build time is in the order of 5000 - 6000 hours. Not especially fast for a 38 foot boat. My 44 footer will be a similar time frame, and the kit was just over 1/2 the price.
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The moulded hull parts are balsa cored. Including the hulls below the waterline.

According to a couple of builders, build time is in the order of 5000 - 6000 hours. Not especially fast for a 38 foot boat. My 44 footer will be a similar time frame, and the kit was just over 1/2 the price.

I retract my statement then. You'd think that it would be much faster to build. It's a good concept at least.
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Old 22-03-2009, 16:49   #26
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Spirited 480

The only problem I can see is the forward saloon windows...too much angle for the tropical sun.
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Old 24-03-2009, 17:48   #27
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Hi Every one, I have just joined the forum. At this point in time we have built the most of the spirited range. we have yet another 380 hitting the water in a couple of weeks and she is going to great. We have not yet started on a 480 but have done all the pricing for it.
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Welcome to the forum.

I've been on your boats at the Sanctuary Cove boat show, and must say the standard of finish is excellent. Far above any of the production boats I've seen.

Do you build any other designs, or only the Spirited boats?
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We are Custom Boat Builder. We are currently working with most of the Australian multi designers.Spirited, Schionnings, Bob Oram, Pacific 40, free flow, lidgard. We have got pricing for basically all the designers.
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Craig, your statement about no problems with the standard aft step/engine hatch design is difficult to understand. I understand the 380 (Spirited One) has the standard hatch design. A few months ago the sail drive legs were removed on the hardstand at the Gold Coast. There is no way the engines/legs could have come out with the standard hatch design. The standard hatches were cut out, then rebuilt after the engines/saildrives were refitted. There is also reference on the Spirited Design's website to an optional larger hatch design.
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