A2 Wins World Superyacht Award
The annual World Superyacht Awards honours the best superyacht projects delivered each year. Pendennis is proud to confirm that the 47m motor yacht A2 (previously known as Masquerade of Sole) was named Winner of the ‘Rebuilt Motor Yacht’ category at the stunning awards ceremony held in the luxurious Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul.
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 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 initial phase of the project was to strip the vessel 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 A2 from 42.5m to 47m LOA.
The rebuild also required an interior design by Peter Marino architects and re-engineering of all systems, including 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.
Photos of her transformation can be seen on the Pendennis website www.pendennis.com
Yard Development update
Since Pendennis was founded twenty-five years ago the facilities have been continually improved, with new expansions set to be completed over the next 2-3 years. The plans involve replacing the existing ‘White House’ and ‘Main Shed’ with two 90m and one 45m seaward facing construction halls. Additional trade workshops and crew offices will also be built.
Pendennis invited development partner companies, local dignitaries and key Falmouth partner organisations to celebrate as the first frame was raised on the new buildings. Under the first column two sovereigns were placed by Mrs. M. Carr and Mrs. N. Wiekens, mothers of Joint Managing Directors Mike Carr and Henk Wiekens, assisted by Jowan Notts and Myles Whitbread-Jordan, both first year apprentices. The ceremony was reminiscent of the tradition of placing gold coins under masts of new yachts.
Managing Director, Mike Carr, explained these most recent developments “With the refit side of the business continuing to perform well and enquiries increasing year on year the decision was made to further expand to retain our reputation as one of the world’s best custom build and superyacht refit yards. The quality of our workforce and variety of in-house skills makes us highly competitive in the international superyacht industry and we wanted the facilities to complement this ability and maintain our competitive advantage.”
Multi-million pound funding was secured through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence programme and the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Places Fund, and work on transforming the yard began in the New Year.
Progress on the new buildings will be rapid, with Phase One of these new construction halls habitable by September, in time for the winter refit season this year. The additional project offices and crew hospitality suites are scheduled for completion for Spring 2014.
The largest composite forestay
The M5 (ex. Mirabella V) project 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 deck.
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.
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.
The build of the new forestay is part of the substantial 18 month refit and 3m stern extension that M5 is undergoing at Pendennis Shipyard.