Fast and luxury carbon sail boats in East Europe
Thanks to his degree and passion, Miha developed interests in boat design and technical solutions
Miha Spendal, 54 years old, is the Official preferred partner of YYachts for the East Europe area. He is a reliable and highly qualified person with 24 years ‘experience in the nautical industry. During his educational path, Miha has graduated in mechanical engineering where he achieved a bachelor’s degree, establishing himself in the nautical sector with great technical expertise. During his studies, he was lucky to occasionally drew yachts with two Slovenian friends who later became internationally renowned designers.
Thanks to his degree and passion, Miha developed interests in boat design and technical solutions. He is attentive to details, aiming for the highest quality requirements and great commitment to customers.
Miha is a truly passionate racer and cruiser sailor
He is a truly passionate racer and cruiser sailor, he fell in love with the sea and outdoor life since his youth and today throughout the years he owned 8 yachts. He started sailing and windsurfing at the age of 12, building by himself his first windsurf boards. At the age of 16, as he gained experience, Miha moved on to building more technical and complex epoxy windsurfs while in the same year becoming a windsurf instructor. In the following year, he got the skiing instructor qualification, with which he earned his first salaries during the winter and summer holidays.
In the nautical industry since 20 years
Miha has been working in the nautical industry since 1997, when despite a promising position in engineering changed the job position for Sales and Marketing Manager at Elan Marine Ltd and was later in 1999-2002 promoted to Managing Director of the company. Team at Elan took the opportunity on the raising market, introducing new popular sailing boat models on yearly basis and grew from initial 80 boats per year production to over 250 a year in only 5 years.
Sailing is Miha's biggest passion, indeed he has been pursuing this passion for a long time. Up to now, he has been sailing as a sailor for 42 years with a great experience at sea. This love and passion for the sea originate from his childhood holidays spent on the wild south coast of island Hvar in Croatia, where he also had his first experience with steering a small foldable Klepper sailing boat between two islands in some 15 knots of breeze. It looks that the sailing sensation of going effortlessly fast in relative silence while in direct contact with the natural elements, set a spell on him.
Miha besides taking part at numerous races for cruisers which he won as helmsman or as crew member got excellent results in racing like:
- 1st overall in compensated time, Maxi Transatlantic Cup 2011, on 65 feet Karuba, X-65 as one of the helmsmen.
- 1st in-class Rimini-Corfu-Rimini (1000nM offshore race) 1990, on a 35 feet racer Donita designed by J&J as crew
- 1st Anzio Bay EurOlymp Soling 1991 crew
- 3rd Mediterranean IMS championship 2004 (X-43) crew
- 2nd ORC class 600 world Championship 2005 (X-43) crew
Official YYachts preferred partner since 2019
After leaving Elan Marine in 2002, Miha established his own company and became X-Yachts official Dealer for ex Yugoslavian countries on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea and is Official YYachts preferred partner since 2019.
Today the work in Miha’s company is carried out by 2 skilled employees. Their mission is to develop good relationships with every client, “The yacht purchase is to be a great experience”. Miha is knowledgeable, professional and trustworthy with great capabilities in long-term relationships with any client. A definite proof that these are not just words is the fact, that he covered more than 10.000 nautical miles with his clients while racing, or sailing their new yacht from the yard to her new home port with them, in 2017 he even sailed a new X-Yacht from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean with his client.
For our customers, we provide all kinds of maintenance services such as new sail wardrobe, sail repairs, any sail and boat maintenance, service management for all operational systems, rigging, antifouling, mast trimm, preparation of the underwater part of hull for racing, rig check and sail training. Our company is located in Ljubljana and we fluently speak Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, English, German, Italian and also a little bit of French and Russian.