Kiwi Spirit is a state-of-the-art offshore cruising boat. Designed by the engineers at Farr Yacht Design and constructed with great precision by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. Kiwi Spirit measures 63-feet, 8-inches long with a displacement of 32,000 pounds. The hull of Kiwi Spirit is built out of epoxy-infused carbon, E-glass and Kevlar, with a thermo-core that is both stiff and lightweight. There is a hydraulic lifting keel which draws 14-feet, 9-inches (down) for excellent upwind performance and 8-feet, 7-inches when the keel is up. There are four water ballast compartments to help counter the powerful rig and make the boat more comfortable in heavy air. An easy-to-manage sail plan has been incorporated, with all lines leading aft to the cockpit.
So what makes Kiwi Spirit superbly unique? It is intended to serve as a crewed training vessel, a solo-circumnavigation stallion, and then a cruising boat. It is intended to be the ultimate dual-purpose boat. Stanley completed an extensive owner’s brief with his exact intentions for Kiwi Spirit, and his team made the decisive plan happen.
Phase I: Pre-circumnavigation (sea trials, training, and several crewed regattas)
Kiwi Spirit is decked out with a comfortable but utilitarian cruising interior. This includes staterooms, a powerful diesel engine, generator, refrigeration, and all the comforts of a stellar long-range cruiser.
Phase II: Solo Circumnavigation (Stanley takes on 27,000 miles alone)
The interior is stripped completely of modular furniture, engine, generator, and all heavy duty gear not necessary for the solo voyage and with the intent of making Kiwi Spirit light and fast.
Phase III: Family Time
The interior and all creature comforts are re-installed for a planned period of cruising with family and friends.
Kiwi Spirit is also designed and built to circle the globe entirely green; no hydrocarbons will be used whatsoever. No gas, propane or butane will be aboard during the circumnavigation. Solar panels line the deck, small hydro regenerators are mounted under the vessel, and a series of wind generators will bring power back to the boat’s ion phosphate batteries. If he succeeds, Stanley will become the first person to ever circumnavigate the globe, non-stop using no hydrocarbons whatsoever.
Length: 63′ 8″
Width: 17′ 9″
Draft (keel up): 8′ 7″
Draft (keel down): 14′ 9″
Displacement (weight): 31,750 lbs.
• Five water tight bulkheads
• Sacrificial bow
• Seven-foot long retractable bowsprit
• Outriggers rather than a spinnaker pole
• Hydrogenerators, wind generators and solar panels
• No engine or generators for the solo circumnavigation
• Lithium ion batteries