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Sunday, December 17 2023


We would like to wish you and your family and very Merry Christmas! Thank you to our customers who have supported us throughout the year! 

We will be closing for Christmas and New Year break from Wednesday 20th of December 2023 and reopen 15th January 2024. 

All the best for the New Year 2024!

Happy Boating...


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Tuesday, May 09 2023

The owner of this 8.5m StowAway design in New Zealand has sent us some feedback about the motoring performance of this design. Although he is yet to sea trial the boat under sail, he has been out in the boat under power. He reports that the comfortable cruise speed with the twin 50hp 4 stroke Tohatsus is 11 knots using 9 litres of fuel per engine per hour. This is ideal for a day trip around the bay however see following for lower speeds for longer trips. Top speed was around 16.5 knots using 15 litres of fuel per side per hour. For longer passages he reports that at 8 knots the fuel consumption is a low 2.5LPH per side. Motoring at this speed will provide approx 360 miles range however motor sailing will extend this further. The performance data above is based on full fuel and water tanks. The ride and handling was good from reports with a slightly bow up attitude and comfortable ride through the water. The owner expressed that he felt that this design was very capable for its size as he negotiated the local bar crossing with some good surfing on the home run. 

We can't wait to hear from the owner when he gets a chance to test this design under sail, and we will let everyone know how this goes.

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Thursday, December 01 2022

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you to our customers who have supported us throughout the year! 

We will be closing for Christmas/New year break from Wednesday 21st of December 2022 and re-open 9th January 2023. 

Stay safe and all the best for the New Year 2023!

Happy Boating...

Posted by: Spirited Designs AT 08:30 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, April 22 2022

We have covered this project being built in New Zealand in an earlier post whilst under construction. After some Covid related delays, this boat has now been launched and looks very well finished. It appears that the builder and owners have tastefully finished this boat to a very high standard. For those of you unfamiliar with this design, it is a power-sailer concept capable of good performance under either sail or power. This is a compact design with standing headroom in both the hulls and bridgedeck cabin however headroom is achieved in the hulls by having the cabin overhang the hull gaining the space required. The internal accomodation is surprising with a galley-up and a generous sized dinette oposite on the bridgedeck. This boat has the main double berth adjacent to the dinette with access from the Starboard hull and the head/shower aft of this. In the opposite hull there are two single bunks, positioned in each end. There are a couple of variations for this design, including a large head and shower in the forward part of the Port hull. 

For more information click here to view the page for this design.

The owners have only driven the boat a short distance to their marina berth however they are planning to do some more extensive sea-trials when the weather improves. We will keep you informed of these updates.

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Wednesday, March 23 2022

The Spirited 230 design has been a popular choice since release in 2008 but is deserving of a good make-over. Some improvements have been designed into the new Mark 2 design which include raising the freeboard, installing the engines into the sterns rather than on the original pods, designed with XL outboards to keep the powerhead higher off the water, a full length wave-breaker and a new walkway between the engines. The overall length has increased due to the new engine installation and a peak on the bow which will assist with anchoring. The new styling includes an inset window line down the hull sides with opening portlights to compliment the new angular lines.

Building on the proven performance and handling of this design, the underwater hull sections have remained untouched. 

For more information please contact us:



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Tuesday, March 22 2022

Tony has finally launched his pride and joy that he has been perfecting for the last 10 years. Being a part time affair as most amateur projects are, he worked on it over his weekends fitting it in around the rest of life duties. The launch was not without its fair share of drama with strong winds on the day causing some stressful moments. The mast and sails have been ordered and we will bring you more news on this boat when it is fully fitted. We wish Tony a huge congratulations for such dedication to see it through producing another stunning example of the Spirited 480 design.

For further information about this design please contact us.


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Tuesday, March 22 2022

The new Spirited 320 fills a gap for the entry level builders. We tried to pack in some 'big boat' features such as inboard diesels, decent headroom throughout, spacious interior accomodation for its size and good carrying capacity. The new modern styling sets it apart from others with its angular lines but stilled framed with that 'Spirited' presence. Rigged for performance under sail this design will have pace but balanced with practical cruising capabilities. We see this design suiting a small family learning the ropes out on the bay but building their confidence to setting out on a coastal trip. The payload is limited to the size of this design however the Spirited 320 could cruise off grid for upto a few weeks at a time. 

Study plans will be available shortly so please contact us if these are of interest on


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Wednesday, June 23 2021

Developed from the Ripple range, named the 5.5m Rapid, this twin engine center console design is the next level for the keen fisher or day tripper. It could also be used as a tender to a larger mothership fitted with a crane hoist or heavy duty davits. Built from Duflex panel and epoxy, this design will be light weight comparatively with a strong tensile structure and requiring less horsepower to propel. It is designed with a flat level self-draining deck for safe operation and access to all sides of the boat. The standard configuration includes a stylish composite Targa hardtop covering the helm. Powered with 25 to 30hp twin outboards this deign will be easily driven with it's excellent power to weight ratio. There is storage aplenty either below the helm seat, console or front locker below the foredeck. There is further storage below the wet-deck with fuel tanks here too. These areas are accessed through self-draining flush mounted deck hatches in the floor. 

The build process is the same as the Ripple range, starting with an interlocking MDF build frame to form the hull over. If building from the DIY plans, all dimensions are supplied for you to cut yourself or to fast-track the project, the kit packages are pre-cut for quick assembly times requiring less technical ability. As with the Ripple range, there are various choice in material including plywood, plain foam and Duflex panel in either foam or balsa core. 

Please make contact if you would like further information about the above design.



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Tuesday, December 15 2020

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you to our customers who have supported us throughout the year! 

We will be closing for Christmas/New year break from Friday the 18th of December 2020 and re-open 11th January 2021. 

Stay safe and all the best for the New Year 2021!

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Wednesday, September 09 2020

Now availailable fully built, this promotional offer includes a generous list of inclusions starting with twin all new generation Tohatsu 50hp 4 stroke engines, coursemaster hydraulic steering, toughened glass windscreen, bait tank, handrail bar work, larger cruise range fuel tanks and comes on a lightweight Spitfire alloy trailer. The special build price for this package is AUD90,000 ex tax ex factory. For the specification sheet please contact us.


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