Aerial gyrations for the 49m Spirit of Tradition Ketch

Following a seemingly effortless hull turning under sunny skies and watchful eyes a very proud owner, with family close at hand, took the makeshift podium to announce to close friends that yard number 388 would carry on with no name until the same group would reconvence to witness her official launch and christening ceremony.

„It’s great…“ the owner explaines, “e-mails come in with the subject line simply reading 388. No ones knows what goes on – it’s my secret little project – a 49m secret“

A classic beauty with thoroughly modern aspirations this ketched rigged fast passage-maker showed for the first time the scale of her well proportioned lines.

The Spirit of Tradition Ketch offers strong design references to the early working sailers like the pilot cutter and the Brixham Trawler. An elegant 49m / 160ft on deck, extended to 55m / 180ft by her elegant bowsprit, she combines classic traditional lines – including plumb bow and elegant counter stern – with an invigorating aptitude for performance and fast passage making.

Under the direction of the client’s watchful eye project manager Jens Cornelsen has worked closely with naval architects Dykstra & Partners, whose expertise in performance orientated classic yachts is arguably second to none. They have married sympathetic period features such as gentle sheer, open deck space, neatly proportioned deckhouses and skylights, above the waterline, with a modern, easily driven hull shape below. The canoe underbody sports a fully-ballasted lifting keel, deep carbon spade rudder and low wetted-surface areas. With her Alustar hull, tall carbon Rondal spars and comprehensive sail plan, this will be a powerful, lightweight yacht whose sea keeping and performance will be complemented by style, comfort and amenity below.

Rhoades Young Design is drawing upon classic references translated with modern craftsmanship into a mellow and invitingly luxurious interior. With the hull now turned it will not be too long before we see that interior take shape and to see hull #388 gain her rightful name.

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