The Spirited 480 is a serious offshore design but can be just as at home as a nimble round the buoys boat or for weekend trips. The lightweight materials used to build this design keep the structure light but strong and provide more scope for carrying capabilities. This enables versatility in the end use whether crossing oceans or club racing with the boat stripped down, this design can do it. The long slim hulls provide easily-driven comfortable performance.
Rig The rig size on this design is moderate and is therefore more manageable for the crew. As per the Spirited 380, the sail wardrobe has a Screecher fitted close to the end of the prodder with the option of a Spinnaker flown from the end. The Genoa is then aft of this on the forestay with the option of a permanently fitted storm jib on the inner forestay. This versatile head sail design is ideal for cruising suiting almost any conditions scenario.
Boarding the Spirited 480 is via the aft steps and through the open deck level walkway into the cockpit. As with the Spirited 380 there is a large swimming platform between the steps across the back. The back end design allows excellent access to the water for recreational activities such as swimming, diving etc.
Cockpit The cockpit is large and can be set-up with a breakfast nook against the forward bulkhead if required. This bulkhead is of open design with large doors and windows creating a flow-through affect. Inside the saloon cabin there is ample space for the galley and saloon seating. The galley is set against the aft bulkhead with generous bench and locker space. Opposite this is the spacious seating area which keeps the galley centrally positioned between the saloon and the cockpit areas.
Cabins The two forward cabins can be set-up with fore and aft queen sized bunks or athwartships island bunks. The island bunks are popular because they have access steps each side and also a flat section each side of the bed for a book or cup of tea.
The options leading forward off these cabins can be either an ensuite, a walk-in-robe or a separate shower. On the standard layout there is a private double cabin aft Starboard and opposite a large sized head with separate shower.
Decks On deck footing is excellent from the side decks right up to the foredeck. Inherent with the Spirited philosophy the decks are all level and clean. This flows seamlessly onto the trampolines which are also flush with the catwalk. Handling the lines at the mast is done also on a level area, safe and secure within the confines of the cabin recess.
This design has many options available, one is a fully protected single helm station set to Starboard. The stylish composite helm pod blends with the lines of the boat and has all control lines running to a single electric winch station.