The annual World Superyacht Awards recognizes the best superyacht projects delivered each year. Pendennis is delighted to confirm that the 47m motor yacht A2, previously known as Masquerade of Sole, has become the Winner of the ‘Rebuilt Motor Yacht’ category at the prestigious awards ceremony, taking place in the magnificent Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul on the 4th May.
Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director, commented “This recognition is testament to the level of quality and excellence that the Pendennis team strived for during A2’s 16-month visit to the yard in Falmouth. The refit objective on A2 was to completely transform the 1983-built yacht into one reflective of modern design and technology, both externally and internally. The results are impressive as the yacht is now completely unrecognizable from her former self.”
The extent of the work is apparent when comparing photographs of her before and after the rebuild. The initial phase of the project was to strip the superyacht A2 down to her bare steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Following this, structural engineers at BMT Nigel Gee worked alongside the technical team at Pendennis to design a five metre extension across three levels, increasing her LOA from 42.5m to 47m, thereby substantially enhancing the inboard social areas, including an additional impressive full width Owner’s lounge area.
John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT Nigel Gee, explained “Our experience of working with Pendennis on a number of projects has been hugely positive. Their professionalism and approach to yacht building delivers vessels of the highest quality, as well as a highly enjoyable experience for both the owner and project partners such as BMT Nigel Gee.”
The owner appointed New York based Peter Marino Architect to design the contemporary and luxurious Owner and Guest areas, creating an architecturally-influenced, dramatic interior space. Peter Marino has created a visually exciting design throughout: bleached oak bulkheads balanced with dark palmwood interiors, whilst textured leather walls are balanced by clean-lined furniture, and contemporary patterned upholstery complemented by stylish high-art pieces.
The experienced engineering team at Pendennis was given a unique opportunity on this project, as the rebuild required re-engineering of all systems. This involved installation of new deck equipment, a complete rebuild of the engine room, installation of modern bridge technology and new state-of-the-art AV equipment. Pendennis completely redesigned and rewired the vessel’s electrical system, creating a highly efficient and effective power management system. This challenge allowed the team to use their impressive experience to recommend and plan the most appropriate design and performance-led systems for this type of yacht.
Launched in 2012, during the 3rd Pendennis Cup, luxury yacht A2 is testament to the company’s 25 years’ experience, with many members of the project team having worked at Pendennis since it was founded in 1988. It is projects such as A2 that showcase Pendennis’ in-house expertise across all trade areas from paint to engineering, interior finishing to fabrication, highlighting the world class craftsmanship that exists locally in Cornwall.
Motor yacht A2 is currently on her way to an exploration of Alaska. The Captain, Peter Pexton, said: “We left Pendennis on the 4th July 2012 and now, 10 months and 16,000 miles later, we are in Vancouver, Canada. A2 has been very busy since her rebuild and I can proudly say that she has performed beautifully. Pendennis did an excellent job on rebuilding the vessel. It was an enormous job, involving a very large work force from all departments. The quality of the work carried out by Pendennis is excellent and their follow up after leaving the yard is very thorough and helpful even though the yacht is now on the far side of the world. The summer plans for A2 are to cruise British Columbia and Alaska before heading to San Francisco for the America’s Cup.”
Masquerade of Sole (pre rebuild):
Gross Tonnage 379 tonnes
Builder H.W. De Voogt & Zoon C.V
Speed Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Max: 13 knots
Number of owner/guest cabins 1 Owner, 1 Double, 4 Twin
A2 (after rebuild):
Gross Tonnage 458 tonnes
Naval Architect Pendennis with Structural Engineers BMT Nigel Gee
Exterior Stylist Peter Marino Architect with Pendennis
Interior designer Peter Marino Architect
Speed Cruising Speed: 14 knots
Maximum: 15.8 Knots
Number of owner/guest cabins 4 x Guest Cabins, 1 x Full Beam width Master Cabin to accommodate 12 (+4 x guest Pullmans)