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Successful sea trials for Ron Holland-designed mega yacht M5

January 29, 2014

This month has seen the world-renowned designer Ron Holland join his mega yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) in the UK‘s Falmouth for successful sea trials off the Cornwall coast. After weeks of watching weather reports, the sea conditions on Friday, January 17, provided a great opportunity to put sailing yacht M5 through her paces. Ron Holland wanted to see this luxury superyacht perform as he had envisioned when he designed her.

Superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) under sail in January 2014  - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

Superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) under sail in January 2014 - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

The extensive Refit Program increased the overall length of M5 yacht, and related deck spaces, replaced her original conventional steel rod rigging with lighted carbon textile rigging, a new keel, and rudder updates. These developments are aimed at improved sailing performance, they take advantage of the latest materials not available during her original construction.

Ron Holland and Mike Carr, joint managing director of Pendennis Shipyard on deck of the M5 Yacht during Sailing Trials

Ron Holland and Mike Carr, joint managing director of Pendennis Shipyard on deck of the M5 Yacht during Sailing Trials - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

Wind speeds of 18 knots to 23 knots gave the opportunity to put the ‘new M5 superyacht’ (ex Mirabella V) through sailing trials in the North Atlantic. Ron Holland was delighted that she performed up to his most optimistic performance predictions.

Besides the completely new interior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon, interior designers based in the UK, other significant developments included updated engines and generators.

m5 superyacht anchored in Cornwall in January 2014

m5 superyacht anchored in Cornwall in January 2014 - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

During the Sailing Trials the M5 yacht crew and Pendennis team put this giant sloop through her paces in a variety of wind conditions, for a very successful result.

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts with design by Ron Holland.

Video of mega yacht M5′s 89m mast re-stepped by Marine Results

January 10, 2014

In the small hours of October 13, 2013, the top British superyacht rigging and survey company, Marine Results, put the gigantic 89-metre high rig back into the Pendennis-refitted 78m mega yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V), in a huge operation that required several cranes as well as dozens of personnel. Below is a video from the re-stepping of the sailing yacht M5′s 89m mast, released by Marine Results.

Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine

December 20, 2013

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity, as more superyachts come to Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility, based in Bangkok, for refit work.

Superyacht refit and repair team at Yacht Solutions

Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai Marine (ITM) at Samut Prakarn in Bangkok Yacht Solutions has received more enquiries for shipyard work than ever before and has already undertaken work on 43-metre charter yacht Douce France, 45-metre charter yacht Big Fish, 52-metre motor yacht Elysium, a 60-metre Oceanco MY, 62-metre SY Lamima and 40-metre superyacht Amoha.

Gareth Twist, managing director of Yacht Solutions commented, “Whilst the larger yachts are now travelling to Bangkok to undertake refit, repair, paint and remedial work; we are still working on yachts in Phuket. Our yard in Bangkok offers a fantastic alternative to yachts considering Singapore or having to travel out of the region to Australia, New Zealand or Europe. We offer the best value for money in terms of superyacht expertise, experience, quality and pricing. By running two Yacht Solutions’ teams in both Phuket and Bangkok, we have the option to run any sized project at any time, giving our clients the flexibility they need.”

Floating dock

This new expansion increases Yacht Solutions’ superyacht facilities by 300% expanding its refit capabilities for hauling-out and opens up a great yard option for any resident yachts and superyachts passing through the Gulf of Thailand. This facility is accessible to all of Southeast Asia being less than 800 nautical miles from Singapore.

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is expanding in response to the demand for more superyacht refit and repair facilities in the Asian region from both owners of superyachts based in Asia and those  travelling from Europe and America.

To satisfy this increase in demand for yard time, in addition to increasing its dedicated yard space within ITM, Yacht Solutions has also had to increase the size of its teams. The local area has benefited from the arrival of these luxury yachts, with more crews needing to be housed locally, the restaurants and bars seeing an increase in customers and also more local tradesman are being taken on by Yacht Solutions at ITM.

Gareth Twist commented, “We are very excited to be expanding our yard area to accommodate more yachts. And we have been able to double our workforce in only 6 months and we are still looking to further expand our team and bring in more superyacht professionals to run these teams.”

In October, Gareth Lewis joined the team as a highly experienced project manager with over 35 years in the yachting industry. He is currently managing the build of the 62-metre Lamima. This Phinisi, a traditionally built Indonesian two-masted sailing ship and is due for completion in 2014. Gareth has been involved with many high profile projects including SY Mirabella V, which to date still has the tallest rig in the world and Charter Yacht Sojana, a Farr design 115 foot ketch.

Steve Lodge works as the chief superyacht engineer overseeing all the technical aspects of major refit projects in the yard. He has over 24 years of marine engineering experience on yachts up to 90 metres. Previously he has worked in shipyards such as MB92 Barcelona, as well as others in Malaysia and Australia.

Thailand born Tossapon Mondee is the operations manager for Yacht Solutions at ITM, a highly trained professional, he graduated from Sukhothai Tammathirat University in Construction Management. He has worked in marine related companies in Thailand for over 26 years. He oversees the Thai refit teams working on the large yacht projects in the shipyard.

Rob ‘Doc’ Taylor is a project manager and electrical engineer who has been involved in the superyacht industry for close to 20 years. Doc has a background in marine electrical engineering and a career exposed to all elements of the industry, including chief engineer on various luxury yachts including MY Monaco and Michaela Rose, fleet engineer for yacht manufacturers such as Leight Notika Yachts and project manager for a number of yacht refit companies including Adam Marine.

Gareth Twist added, “Our aim is to create Asia’s best-in-class superyacht refit team. We have a tremendous pool of talented tradesmen here in Thailand and this facility combines European management, standards and quality with the renowned finishing skills of Thai craftsmen. Our unique combination ensures international standards are maintained while owners receive exceptional value for money and service due to the efficiencies of operating out of Thailand. With this facility we are able to compete with the European yards but with the distinct advantage of a lower labour cost base.”

MY Elysium, a 52-metre Benetti was in the yard for 3 weeks undertaking various engineering work, antifouling and woodwork. Captain Andreas Pape commented on his experience “the project management and knowledgeable technical assistance by the western yacht engineers stands out in Asia, we experienced a highly personalised service.” This was “an efficient and cost effective haul-out where every job was done as good and fast as possible and this was greatly appreciated.”

Simon Twist, operations director of Yacht Solutions at ITM is based in Bangkok and said, “Looking to 2014 we already have yard bookings for a 62-metre motor yacht and a 38-metre catamaran. So our future plans are to upgrade the floating dock, continue to develop additional space in the yard for yachts and increase the skill-base and staffing.”

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is determined to create the very best superyacht facility in Asia. This 112,000 square metre facility offering full shipbuilding and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and in-house design office. Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is ISO 9001:2000 rated and boasts a lifting capacity up to 95 metres and 3,500 tonnes. It has access to two 115 metre dry docks, 300 metre alongside berthing, a floating dock up to 160 metres and 5000 tonnes lift capacity, making this the largest superyacht repair facility in Asia.

This has been the busiest year yet for Yacht Solutions and as predicted this yard is full for refits for this year. This is great news for the superyacht industry in Thailand and for the Asia-Pacific region.

Photos of Pendennis-refitted 78m superyacht M5 afloat released by Ron Holland

November 12, 2013

World-renowned designer, Ron Holland, has released the images of superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) afloat, following her extensive refit at Pendennis in Falmouth, England. The majestic 78-metre luxury yacht M5 remains the largest single mast sailing yacht in existence, boasting the highest mast in the world. Next year, she will be enjoying the azure waters of the breath-taking yacht charter destination – the South Pacific, and beyond.

Pendennis-refitted superyacht M5 originally designed by Ron Holland afloat

Pendennis-refitted superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) originally designed by Ron Holland afloat - Image courtesy of Ron Holland

Luxury sailing yacht M5 afloat

Luxury sailing yacht M5 afloat - Image courtesy of Ron Holland

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts with design by Ron Holland.

Sailing yacht M5′s 89m mast re-stepped at Pendennis by Marine Results

October 21, 2013

The extensive refit as well as remodelling of sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) is nearing completion, with an amazing schedule of milestones, scheduled over the upcoming month. Last week saw the majestic 78-metre superyacht M5 leave the Pendennis facilities at dawn to be manoeuvred to Queen’s Wharf at Falmouth Docks in preparation for her impressive 89m mast to be hoisted back into place.

Superyacht M5 at Pendennis in Falmouth, UK

Superyacht M5 at Pendennis in Falmouth, UK

The stepping of the main mast was managed by Marine Results, with equipment supply, infrastructure management and hydraulics expertise provided by Pendennis. Marine Results is extremely familiar with M5 yacht’s rig as the company commissioned to install the original mast in 2004 and having since removed the mast for maintenance in the Mediterranean four years ago.

Ed Danby, Director of Marine Results, explained the complexity of the operation: “The primary crane, provided by Ainscough Cranes with a lifting load of 1,000 tonnes, is one of only two in the UK capable of this operation. As the mast stepping required lifting to 300ft in the air it was crucial that the wind was less than 10 knots. The mast was hoisted at dusk whilst there was still just enough light to ensure the mast was safely vertical. It then took five cranes, supported by a team of over 30 people, five hours to complete the complex procedure.”

Support was also provided from other local companies including A&P, who is now hosting the yacht at Queen’s Wharf, with two of the lifting cranes provided by Macsalvors in Redruth.

M5 Yacht - Stepping Mast

M5 Yacht - Stepping Mast

As the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world, mega yacht M5’s mast and rig are reflective of her size. When the yacht originally arrived at Pendennis as Mirabella V the mast and rigging weighed over 45 tonnes. However, part of the refit specification was to improve her rig and fittings replacing them with a system made of carbon fibre and titanium, designed and manufactured by Carbo-Link with OYS making the fittings. Although the mast and spreaders have remained original, the 34 new carbon fibre stays have been constructed with built-in dynamic fibre optics displaying the load through a central computer. There are also advanced chafe and wear monitoring systems inside each of the carbon foils. This is the first time that this technology has been installed on a superyacht, being previously engineered for use on America’s Cup AC45 wing-sailed catamarans.

This change has reduced the weight of superyacht M5’s rig by an incredible 18 tonnes. Despite the lighter rig it is estimated that the strength gain is as much as 30%. This reduction upstairs meant the weight in the keel had to be reduced. So to further improve her sailing performance, extensive calculations by Ron Holland Design required 60 tonnes to be removed from M5’s keel during her refit, balancing the stern and interior modifications that have added to the yacht’s weight overall.

Mega yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Mega yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Luxury yacht M5’s sailing performance will also be enhanced by the addition of a new winch for the UPS sail. Previously there were only two sets of captive winches on board for the 3 headsails which created problems in managing the enormous sails when changing their setup. Adding a dedicated captive winch for the UPS will allow the sail to be set irrespective of the rest of the rig, creating not only a more effective but a safer system for the crew.

Following its stepping the mast will be pre-tensioned to achieve the estimated correct load on each of the stays, and the electronics are in place to monitor the sensors in the rig. The next few weeks will be spent observing and adjusting the length and fittings on the stays to achieve dock-true settings. The new rig will be tested in full during M5’s sail trials scheduled for early November.

Luxury yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Luxury yacht M5 - Stepping Mast

Further Information about superyacht M5

Builder: VT Shipbuilding, UK, 2004
Refit: Pendennis, UK
Refit Naval Architect/Exterior Styling: Ron Holland Design
Refit Interior Design: Redman Whiteley Dixon
Type: Sloop
LOA: 75.2 m (247 ft)
Post Refit LOA:    78 m
Beam: 14.82 m (48.6 ft)
Height:    88.5 m (290 ft)
Draught: 10m (33 ft)
Min Draught: 3.9m (12.8 ft)
Crew: 16 crew

Ron Holland-designed sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) afloat and re-rigged

October 15, 2013

Originally designed by world-renowned Ron Holland, sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) is now afloat and re-rigged, following her comprehensive refit. Superyacht M5 has undergone a 15-month refit at Pendennis in Falmouth, England.

Ron Hollands post refit rendering of sailing yacht m5 ex Mirabella V

Ron Holland's post refit rendering of sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V)

Measuring 78 meters in length, luxury yacht M5 remains the largest single mast sailing yacht in existence. In addition, she also boasts the highest mast in the world.

Mega yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) will be voyaging to the South Pacific, and beyond, during 2014.

Below is a selection of the oustanding charter yachts with design by Ron Holland.

Marine Results helps save 18 tonnes from mega yacht M5 rig

September 02, 2013

As a result of comprehensive component replacement, mega yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V), still the world’s largest sailing sloop at 75,2 metres in length before her refit, and now at 77,6m with her new stern, has sliced 18 tonnes off the weight of just her rig alone. The work is being performed by rigging specialists Marine Results, as luxury sailing yacht M5 nears the end of her one and a half year refit at Pendennis Plus Yard in Falmouth, UK.

Post-refit rendering of luxury sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V)

Post-refit rendering of luxury sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) - Image credit to Pendennis

Superyacht M5 is the fifth largest sailing yacht in the world. Working in conjunction with Carbo-link, Marine Results has project managed the rig upgrade programme which has included the replacement of all the rod rigging with new carbon rods on the yacht’s towering rig which stands at 88,5 metres (292 ft) high from the water.

In consultancy with Carbo-link which supplied the rods, Marine Results signed off all the specifications and lengths and then assembled the new rig. “The new carbon rods are designed for a precision fit to the spreader endings, also newly supplied and assembled, to avoid misalignment of the rig,” explains Jon Morris of Marine Results. “We’ve assembled the rig and inspected all the components to ensure that it is ready for stepping,” he adds.

The world's largest single masted sailing yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V) is now almost half way through her substantial refit at Pendennis, UK.

The world's largest single masted sailing yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V) is now almost half way through her substantial refit at Pendennis, UK - Image credit to Pendennis

In fact a six week delay to a separate aspect of M5 yacht’s extensive refit means that the rig and its new components are temporarily stored ready for finalising the dressing of the mast in the three week period running up to 10th October, the date set for stepping the rig into the yacht. A team of 10 people from Marine Results will be on the dockside to undertake the operation from mid-September.

“The delay causes quite a shift in our programme of logistics for such a huge project,” says Morris. “However, we have the flexibility at Marine Results to reschedule the rig stepping, so it’s not a problem.”

Marine Results provides a full service worldwide yacht rigging solution including supply and installation of spars and rigging, standing rigging and hydraulic. The company also handles shipping, and carries out non-destructive testing.

M5 yacht’s record-breaking forestay unwrapped

August 06, 2013

The 75m luxury sailing yacht M5 (ex. Mirabella V) project was designed by Ron Holland, launched in 2004 and is currently undergoing an extensive refit at Pendennis Shipyard. She recently broke another record when Carbo-link unwrapped the largest composite forestay ever built. The sloop rig is already an engineering exploit towering an impressive 88.5m above M5 yacht’s deck.

Working on M5 yacht at Pendennis

Working on M5 yacht at Pendennis

Weeks of work and one day of curing with electricity completed the new forestay which is built with the same cutting edge fibre-optic technology used only on America’s Cup boats. This will be the first time a superyacht has been fitted with a solid carbon cable with unidirectional fibre and a fibre Bragg grating (FBG). These are optical fibres that reflect the loads through particular wavelengths. Data of all the tension and loads on the rig at any given moment can then be visually monitored centrally via computer systems.

Luxury sailing yacht M5 is undergoing refit at Pendennis Shipyard

Luxury sailing yacht M5 is undergoing refit at Pendennis Shipyard

Sensors are also wrapped around the forestays. Once the forestay is finished and the carbon foils and furler motors are fitted, access between the two will be extremely limited, making it almost impossible to detect chafing between the stay and the furler. That’s where the surface damage sensors come into play: if there is chafing, they will simply stop reflecting, triggering an alarm.

Luxury yacht M5 under refit at Pendennis

Luxury yacht M5 under refit at Pendennis

The build of the new forestay is part of the substantial 18 month refit and 3m stern extension that superyacht M5 is undergoing at Pendennis Shipyard.

Superyacht M5 under refit at Pendennis

Superyacht M5 under refit at Pendennis

Specifications Pre-Refit (to be updated as refit works completed)



VT Shipbuilding, UK, 2004

Pendennis, UK

Refit Naval Architect/Exterior Styling:

Refit Interior Design:

Ron Holland Design

Redman Whiteley Dixon

Type: Sloop

Post Refit LOA:

75.2 m (247 ft)

78 m

Beam: 14.82 m (48.6 ft)
Height: 88.5 m (290 ft)
Draught: 10m (33 ft)
Min Draught: 3.9m (12.8 ft)
Crew: 16 crew

Pendennis attending Antibes Yacht Show 2013

April 18, 2013

Pendennis is currently participating in the 2013 Antibes Yacht Show, running from April 18 to 21. The company’s team is available to discuss Pendennis most recent refit projects, the current expansion of the Falmouth yard, as well as refit slots available at Pendenis Palma.

Pendennis' remodelling and major upgrade for luxury yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V)
Pendennis’ remodelling and major upgrade for luxury yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V)

The stand showcases Pendennis full range of refit projects which range from more standard 5/10year surveys, through to major restoration projects, such as the 55.5m sailing yacht Adela, and yacht remodelling projects, including the 5m stern extension of the Feadship charter yacht Illusion.

Interior of the Pendennis refitted yacht Illusion

Interior of the Pendennis refitted yacht Illusion

Pendennis Plus offering provides the expertise to refit larger 60m+ vessels including the 2012 refit of superyacht Dona Amélia and current remodelling and major upgrade of luxury yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V).

Pendennis is present on the stand BSJ B431.

Doyle Sailmakers to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

April 03, 2013

Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Doyle Sailmakers has recently announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply the complete sail inventory for the all-new 60m Perini Navi yacht Hull C.2218. Luxury sailing yacht Hull C.2218 is a beautiful performance sloop, currently under construction. She is due to be completed in early 2014 and will make her debut at the 2014 St. Barths Bucket.

Doyle to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

Doyle to supply the complete sail inventory for 60m Perini Navi Yacht Hull C.2218

The inventory for the 60m Perini Navi superyacht Hull C.2218 encompasses a staggering 10,200 square meters (110,275 square feet) of sail area including what will be the world’s two largest spinnakers.

The order reinforces Doyle’s commitment and expertise in engineering some of the largest projects in the Superyacht industry including the sails aboard charter yacht Maltese Falcon and superyacht M5, two of the world’s largest and most sophisticated sailing yachts.

Essential to the success of this program will be the contribution of Doyle CFD’s analysis which is being used to model all aspects of the sail shapes and loading, completely integrating data from the boat’s hull and rig in real sailing conditions. This will ensure that the sails as well as the associated hardware are all up to the task of propelling this yacht through the water.

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails

After several months of discussions, the final inventory was decided on after reviewing a number of possible combinations with an eye on smooth sail crossovers for an aggressive racing schedule the boat has planned. For upwind sailing, the Hull C.2218 yacht will have a 840 sqm mainsail which is complemented by a range of headsails – a reacher, a blade jib, a working jib, and then a Code 0 for light air conditions.

The upwind inventory will be constructed of Doyle’s proprietary Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world’s most glamorous Superyachts. This technology will enable Doyle’s engineers and sailmakers in Salem to construct high performance sails with minimal weight.

Downwind is where the 60m mega yacht Hull C.2218 will really shine. “We looked at every material available for these spinnakers and realized that there wasn’t anything in existence that would deliver the performance we were looking for,” explains CEO Robbie Doyle. “We partnered with Dimension Polyant to develop a new high-performance Polyester spinnaker fabric that is reinforced with Dyneema for durability and burst strength.”

60m Perini Navi mega yacht Hull C.2218

60m Perini Navi mega yacht Hull C.2218

The new cloth allows the sails to be light and soft like a traditional spinnaker yet has tensile strength on par with other, heavier options. The addition of Dyneema to the cloth will ensure that the sail resists tears, essential to success on the Superyacht racing circuit. The 60m luxury yacht Hull C.2218 will have two spinnakers, one measuring in at 2448 sqm and the other at 2170 sqm. In addition, she will be equipped with a 643 sqm spinnaker staysail set with a top down furler.

“With this project we are fortunate to take everything we have learned in the last 30 years on both Superyachts and Grand-Prix race boats and put it all together in one package,” comments Doyle. “We are extremely excited to be working with the project management team at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Ron Holland Design to see this through its completion.”

The order caps a string of good news for Doyle Sailmakers in the Superyacht arena, highlighted by the recent debut of the 50m sailing yacht Ohana, new inventories for the 52m superyacht Prana, 45m luxury yacht Artemis, and the launch of the 40m Perini Navi superyacht State of Grace (hull C.2180) with a full Doyle inventory. When the 60m performance sailing yacht Hull C.2218 launches next year, it will be spectacular to see her perform.