Monday, 31 March 2014


Steve Middendorf launched his Spirited 230 on the 13th of March near Gosford NSW. This beautiful example of this design has been built from the Duflex balsa kit. The project took just over two years built in a little shed in a leafy suburb called Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast North of Sydney. Steve's attention to detail should be commended with careful thought given to every task. Only the best quality of equipment was chosen throughout, the boat is fitted with toughened glass windows, flexible solar panels, custom built top loading fridge and weather screens around the cockpit to name a few. A nice feature on this boat is composite bow and stern rails which are built into the deck and painted to match the boat. This boat is fitted with twin 70hp four stroke outboard engines and delivers a top speed of almost 32 knots. These engines have an extra long leg keeping the powerhead further away from the water and spray. 

Last year Frank Mitchell's Spirited 230 was launched with twin 40hp four stroke engines and the performance was respectable with a cruise speed of 20 knots and a top of around 25 knots. The engines at the time were not run in so these figures will likely increase when the engines are run in. 

We will keep everyone informed of 'Sea Dog's' adventures as Steve is planning to do some extended cruising trips aboard her.

The Spirited 230 design can be supplied as a Duflex balsa or foam kit. There is also a DIY plans option for anyone with this preference.

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Saturday, 15 February 2014



The Spirited 480 project in Port Stephens is progressing well with the pre-made furniture modules mostly all fitted. As mentioned previously, this builder had all his furniture already built so there was high visual  reward when suddenly the boat was fitted out in a matter of a couple of days!

This is a custom designed interior with the galley down in the Starboard hull, a stylish deluxe nav station on the bridgedeck and adjacent to this a spacious saloon seating area. This client is a very neat worker with the  quality on par with a tradesman.

A lot of thought has been given to the detail, with custom moulded under-floor shower sumps and associated plumbing and services routing. With this project only around the corner from our office we will bring you regular updates on further progress.



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Saturday, 15 February 2014


The Spirited 380 being built in Nowra NSW is looking much more finished with most surfaces inside and out primed. The level of detail can easily be appreciated with all fittings and equipment pre-fitted. Chris will live on this boat full time when launched so he wants everything perfect. This is always a nice stage to reach because the end is in sight! We can't wait to see this beautiful example of this design launched!



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Wednesday, 12 February 2014


This Spirited 230 kit is currently under construction in Turkey.  The client reports most of the interior, hull, deck and  rooftop is nearly ready for the final top coat, wiring and plumbing is also done. The quality of workmanship is excellent and we congratulate Sami. We've received feedback regarding his experience with this project: 

'Overall, I am very happy with my boat and of course credit goes to you for designing a very nice boat with even the smallest detail considered.'

This design has been very well received for those wanting a compact cruiser which is trailerable and easy to manage. This design is supplied as a comprehensive kit package specifically aimed at DIY building. For more information see our Spirited 230 Design and Kit page.

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Thursday, 06 February 2014
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014

This Spirited 230 from the Central Coast NSW,
is just finalising it's launching preparations. 

This is a great example of a spirited kit assembled
with good attention to detail. The client has made 
his own composite bow and stern railing  
and ensured all of the build is done prior to launch.

Photos to be posted soon.

For more information on our Spirited 230 design and kit, click here.


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Tuesday, 04 February 2014

    We are currently building a 3.6m Ripple tender for a client,
    using the DuFlex foam kit option. 

    This kit was customised to include an extra 200mm of beam
    and it will be well finished with all fittings
 and rub rail. 
    On completion it will be delivered to the client in QLD.
    More progress photos will be posted soon. 

    For more information on our Ripple Tender designs and kits, click here.


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Thursday, 23 January 2014


Within a couple of weeks from the start of assembly, this clients Spirited 480 now has it's main hull structure built. Most of the work is done by one person and heavy lifting has been done with occasional help. An advantage has been that all parts are relatively manageable for man handling.

For more information please view our Kits and Designs pages. 

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014


The latest launched 4.2m Ripple tender demonstrates the excellent carrying capacity
of this design:

  • The interior volume is relatively
    spacious for this size boat. 
  • The twin hulls offer good stability and support when loaded.
  • This design has shown that it will accomodate the targa and hardtop efficiently.


Versatile kit packages offer a range of different materials to suit different preferences and budgets.

  • Gaboon plywood kit packages have been popular for it's economical cost. Keeping the build cost low.
  • DuFlex kit options have been popular for those preferring a more high-tech build material. 

​See our Ripple Tender page for more information.


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Thursday, 09 January 2014

Launched over christmas, this project from Victoria is now out on the water. 

The clients are happy with their Ripple tender and report 

' Tender works a treat with a 15 Yamaha on it and rows really well.'

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