DEC 22 2022

B66: Expedition Ketch – Wind Spirit is her name and she very much lives up to it

22 DECEMBER 2022

We love a challenge here at Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders.

As anyone who has moved a new boat from the build facility to the water knows, it is a complex process and a very fraught time for all involved. So, at 3 a.m. the morning after moving the Artnautica 60 Sportfisher to the marina, we were at it again… and off went the expedition ketch.

That afternoon we lifted her onto her keel. The rest of the week was bonding, fairing and painting the keel to the hull.

The next week we stepped the rig and launched her.

Her interior is spectacular, very elegant and understated with a level of finish that is just incredible. A real credit to the Marty, Peter, Benji and the team.

She has now been sea trailing for a couple of weeks and has proved to be a good performer for this style of yacht. And when the breeze goes over 20, the spirit of Wind Spirit truly starts to show.

She really is fit for purpose and soon departs for her voyage home. Although we are very excited to hear of her future adventures, as she explores the more remote parts of the world, we will miss her and her crew. It has been a real privilege to bring this boat in to existence.

3 a.m… Time to go

Not your everyday traffic

Time to put a keel on

13 tonne and over 3m high

Does it fit

Like a glove

Masts being stepped and rig installed

God bless her and all who sail in her

Time to get wet


It is official, Wind Spirit is launched and under her own power for the first time

But what is she like inside?

Engine room

Starboard double cabin. Mirrored on port side

Aft starboard twin bunk cabin. Mirrored on port side.

Nav station looking forward to saloon & galley

Saloon and galley looking aft to companionway


Snug area and chest freezer (The half model on the wall was the final part of Reid’s apprenticeship, gifted to the owner)

System management station looking forward

Stern companion way, looking forward. The ladders are for emergency access to the deck hatches

Sail locker with pipe berths, for when additional crew are on board