Classic 1930s luxury yacht MARALA (ex.GAVIOTA, ZAPALA, EVADNE, NO 388) entered the Pendennis facilities in Falmouth, the UK, in early August where she will undergo an 18-month refit to painstakingly restore her original 1930s character while seamlessly integrating the very latest in modern entertainment, safety and navigation systems.
Originally constructed by British shipyard Camper & Nicholsons in 1931, 59m/193ft superyacht MARALA has received countless alterations over the years, most notably when she was converted for naval service during World War II. Despite approaching nearly 90 years of age she has had relatively few Owners and only came back onto the market in 2016 after 50 years. As a result, she is one of the few yachts of her era to retain her original character, layout and even engines.
There will be extensive upgrades to her steelwork, domestic and electrical systems that will make use of modern engineering methods for the greatest efficiency and to prolong the life of the original systems.
The interiors will be given a completely new appearance in the guest areas, and London-based Muza Lab will take inspiration from the art styles and accessories available from the time.
The exteriors of M/Y MARALA will also receive alterations to the superstructure to close resemble her original silhouette, while a comprehensive repaint programme and new teak decking will freshen her appearance considerably.
“MARALA’s new Owner recognised the rare opportunity to own a Camper & Nicholsons classic motor yacht but understood that her essential engineering requirements would impact her interior,” the Captain of M/Y MARALA commented. “With a determination to remain sympathetic to her heritage and original design, the decision was made to bring the yacht to Pendennis to complete a restoration and preserve her spirit for many years to come.”
Joint Managing Director Mike Carr noted that the Pendennis shipyard has received similar iconic classics over the years and will be adding MARALA to names such as luxury yachts FAIR LADY, SHAMROCK V, MALAHNE and lastly HAIDA 1929, all of which have been respectfully restored by the shipyards while ensuring that the integration of modern technology makes them desirable in the decades to come.