Despite the current challenging economic climate, UK shipbuilder Pendennis has seen the busiest refit season in its 25-year history. The Pendennis Palma facility is also showing a reassuringly strong order book moving into 2013.

Pendennis has also recently reached the shortlist for The International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013 (click here to apply) with Hemisphere, the world’s largest sailing catamaran.

We take a look at Pendennis’ current and upcoming refit projects here:



During the course of her major 15-month refit, M5 (ex. Mirabella V) will be extended by 3m across three levels, as shown in the rendering (see left) produced by Ron Holland Design, the original naval architects when the yacht was built in 2004. This extension will serve to dramatically increase the indoor and outdoor social areas onboard.

The installation of the new composite stern is complete. Further structural modifications include the addition of a new side boarding platform, extending out from the port hull to water level.

The interior layout and styling will also see a complete redesign by Redman Whiteley Dixon. The Owner’s cabin is already unrecognisable, having been enhanced to create a more open plan stateroom with a luxurious ensuite and dressing room. The interiors have been completely stripped in preparation for new wiring and insulation throughout, and work on installing the new interiors has now commenced.



The 49m De Voogt designed motor yacht Teleost arrived in Falmouth during early October to commence a six-month refit. She was a previous visitor to the UK facility in 2008 and will now be undergoing her 5-year survey, as well as a substantial upgrade to her interiors.



This beautiful, classic 1920s motor yacht first visited Pendennis’ Falmouth yard in 1996, completing a full restoration including extensive engineering works following a survey of the steel hull and systems. She has remained a loyal visitor to the yard with subsequent visits in 2000 and 2006.

Fair Lady recently arrived at Pendennis Palma for a six-month winter refit. Work will include a 5-year MCA LY1 survey, a full overhaul of her systems and standing rigging. Also based in Palma currently is the 2004 Pendennis built yacht Margaret Ann.

Pendennis Palma has a strong order book confirmed after a busy autumn with SY Hemisphere, SY Adela and MY A2 all recently completing minor maintenance works at the STP-based facility.