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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. 

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Tuesday, March 29 2016

This Spirited 230 is the very first boat sold, in fact the original owner/builder of this boat pitched the concept for the design to us and we designed it to suit his brief. In other words this design may have not existed without his input, and what a shame that would have been! The build was started in early 2008 and launched in May 2013. Shortly after this the boat was listed for sale with a local broker due to personal reasons, and the current owner bought the boat in May 2015 almost exactly 2 years after the launch. The new owners are delighted with the boat and sent this photo of the boat while on a trip to the Keppel Islands off Rockhampton where they live. They had this to say about their experience so far:

"All going really well with the boat, even though not been out since before Christmas.  Before that we did have several magnificent short trips (three days at a time is enough) around the Keppels. The weather is fairly predictable here in the summer!"


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Tuesday, February 16 2016

This Duflex balsa built Spirited 230 is the first of this design to be launched in 2011. The owner has thoroughly enjoyed using his boat and regretfully is selling it to make way for yet another Spirited project! The boat presents as new and is ready to go with trailer and an array of gear.

For those who have been following this design with the interest in building one, this may save you some time! 

Asking price is AUD95,000

Please contact us for any further information.




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Saturday, October 25 2014

The excited owners Peter and Clara Joyce, launched their Spirited 230 last week. Aptly named "Jigsaw", they have done a beautiful job of the finish and should be congratulated. This boat has been built to serve as a ferry to and from Moreton Island. The interior has been customised to suit this purpose. They are delighted with the performace and have reported:

"The  boat performed very well, even got on the plane on one motor. cruises comfortably at 22 knots with a top speed of 27 knots. We launched in Pumicestone Passage and cruised out against 20 knot south easterly winds with 1 metre chop. Ride was very comfortable. Peter & I are very pleased with her and we are planning on a few more trips across the bay."

This boat is powered with twin 50hp outboards and built from the Duflex balsa kit. For more on this design click here...

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Thursday, August 28 2014


We have been sent some progress photos of the Spirited 230 project in Brisbane which is close to finsihed. Externally the boat is painted with stripes etc and ready to go, Internally some finishing work is still needed but we will keep you informed when this boat is launched which shouldn't be far off!

The owners have fitted twin 50hp Mercury outboards for a comfortable cruise speed and fuel economy.

This boat was built from a Duflex balsa kit, for anyone interested in this design or kit please follow this link

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Friday, June 06 2014

Jump on and go! This boat was launched last year but has only done 4 hours on-water work. This was purely sea trials on Lake Macquarie at time of launch. This boat is now listed for sale with Australian Boat Brokers at Marmong Point marina on Lake Macquarie. As can be seen from the photos the boat is well appointed, on a trailer and ready for action. This boat was the first Spirited 230 to be started and is fitted with twin BF40hp Yamaha 4 stroke engines which deliver respectable speeds and performance. Reported speeds were a top speed of just over 20 knots and a comfortable cruise of 18 knots. This is in line with the original brief for this design which was for an economical light weight cruiser. For anyone interested in this boat please contact Australian Boat Brokers directly:, however if anyone would like more information about this boat that we can help with please feel free to contact us also.

More information on this design, please click here.

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Sunday, April 27 2014

The owners of this Spirited 230 project have been building in a very small shed so have been keen to see their boat outside to get a good view of it. The unconventional way the boat was moved out of the shed was very interesting - we never seem to have a good excavator around when we need one! The workmanship appears to be first class with very little bog used which is always a good sign. The clients will be using this boat as a personal ferry across Moreton Bay to Moreton Island so have customised the interior to provide an open plan layout suited passengers and various loads. Another addition were the two hull portlights into the forward cabin for extra light and ventilation. We will keep you informed as this project progresses. 


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Monday, March 31 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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Wednesday, February 12 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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Tuesday, February 04 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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Thursday, September 19 2013

Spirited 230 Central Coast NSWSteve Middendorf is making good progress on his Spirited 230 project and is hoping to launch in the next 6 weeks.  

Close to painting stage with all structural work completed and faired, this boat is set up for relative extended cruising with most amenities and cruising features such as good solar charging, large top loading built in fridge and long range fuel tanks.

Steve has even gone to the extent of building his own composite bow rails which look great!

Spirited 230

Powered by 2x 70hp 4 stroke outboard engines and we look forward to the performance report. Steve's workmanship is meticulous with good attention to detail. We expect the painted finish will present accordingly. 

We will keep you up to date close to launching.

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