French shipyard Ocea has announced that Espiritu Santo, a 30m yacht built by the company in 2002, has returned to the yard in Les Sables d’Olonne for refit work.

Espiritu Santo will remain at Ocea’s shipyard until next spring. She is undergoing extensive modifications, including a hull extension, maintenance, overhaul of engines and complete painting of the yacht.

Espiritu Santo has cruised over 15,000 hours between Alaska and the Pacific Islands

Since her launch in 2002, Espiritu Santo has cruised over 15,000 hours between Alaska and the Pacific Islands

She is the first yacht built by Ocea. For its maiden voyage the yacht crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from Les Sables d’Olonne to Auckland and joined the fleet of vessels accompanying the America’s Cup 2002/2003 organized by New Zealand.

With naval architecture by Joubert/Nivelt Espiritu Santo is equipped with 2 x 475bhp Baudouin engines providing a maximum speed of 13ks and a range of 4,500mn at 10 knots. She accommodates eight guests in four staterooms and a crew of four.

Ocea operates four production sites located along the French Atlantic Coast. The company has capacity to deliver 15 to 20 vessels up to 85m annually.