Following her comprehensive 24-month refit at the Pendennis Shipyard, the newly refitted sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) left Falmouth in the UK recently. M5 yacht arrived at the shipyard in the spring of 2012 and underwent an extensive refit carried out by the yard in collaboration with the Owner’s team, all of whom were working with determination to remodel and modernise this icon of the superyacht industry.
A beautiful sleek new exterior profile from the drawing boards of her original designer Ron Holland Design: “All involved at Ron Holland Design were excited to contribute to the extensive refit of M5. This ground breaking sailing yacht has gained a new life, incorporating her new owners personal detailing requirements as well as new engines, genets, and many related systems. The intention is to ensure M5 can remain in world voyaging condition for the foreseeable future.” The result is a truly remarkable record breaking superyacht that provides sumptuous living and entertainment spaces on board for up to 16 guests.
The M5 superyacht refit project brought together a number of well-known industry names to bring the Owners vision to life. New lightweight carbon rigging was designed and manufactured by Carbo-link with OYS making all the fittings. Marine Results fitted all the rigging onto the mast. An elegant art deco inspired interior created by the team at Redman Whiteley Dixon. As Toby Ecuyer, Director, explained: “We were privileged to be involved in the transformation of this truly magnificent yacht. The Owner’s unfailing vision, dedication and trust coupled with Pendennis’ expertise established the foundations of an extraordinary project. In concert with a remarkable collective of talented craftsmen, designers, engineers and project managers, all of whom have worked tirelessly to transform M5 into truly impressive Superyacht; we have very much enjoyed working with Ron Holland and his team, the crew and of course so many familiar faces at PSY during this remarkable refit project.”
Following the completion of her final fit-out, sail trials and systems testing earlier this year M5 left Falmouth bound for the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in early April. Rocka Romcke, Captain and Owner’s Rep on M5 yacht commented: “We are all incredibly proud of our involvement in and management of the extensive refit on M5. Working together with all of our key project partners, we have given M5 a new lease of life and prepared her for her next adventure.”
Pendennis has one of the world’s leading custom superyacht build and refit facilities. Building on hundreds of years of local maritime heritage, Pendennis has become one of Cornwall’s most important employers – with over 350 highly skilled trades people based at the 6.5 acre prime water front location in Falmouth, UK.
The yard’s current development plans have seen the available undercover space increased to provide three water-facing main sheds which consist of 2x90m and 1x45m construction halls. This has provided additional flexible undercover space for Pendennis increasing capacity for both new build and refit contracts for 30-100m superyachts. The yard has taken delivery of a 600tonne travel hoist to support these new facilities. This year Pendennis will be developing an adjustable-depth wet basin to accommodate superyachts before and after their time in the yard.*
Over the past few years the company has expanded with the creation of the Pendennis Palma refit facility in 2011. The creation of Pendennis Plus (following the acquisition of Devonport Yachts in 2011) added expertise in the 60m+ arena, and in 2013 the company extended their yacht support service to the Pacific. Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013, Pendennis continues to continually improve its facilities and international reputation.
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