Designer: Robert Finch
The "North American Yacht" name was dropped around 1977 by the threat of a law suit by the owners/builders of the North American 40 - not the new North American Yachts owned by Glastron Yachts, and the new "Spirit Yachts" production moved from Hendersonville Tennessee to Austin Texas.
My 1978 sported the new interior which was open opposing setees and table that can be used in the cabin or cockpit, and a slide out galley. The pop top option is QUITE heavy - and there was a camping enclosure that was sold w/ the boat I have - which was loaded with every most of the options offered by the factory.
Overall the boat is a moderately heavily built swing centerboard/shoal keel version coming in at 2800 lbs dry - which is heavy for 22 footer.( 22.2 LOD boat.). A Catalina 22 of the same year was 500 lighter. Swing centerboard is Fiberglass - not metal, as is beaching rudder.
The Unusual front hatch shape and weak build is the only problem w/ these boats.
New Hatches have been re-manufactured by James Alspaugh
of Sailors Valet in Oklahoma City, OK.
All the original sales printed material and drawings of the boat are online at: North American/Spirit 23' Sloop (sailboat) resource page
Pics of my boat and some others: MobileMe Gallery