At the beginning of November one of Perini Navi’s most iconic sailing yachts arrived at Pendennis for her winter refit. Andromeda La Dea was the first Perini to circumnavigate the globe, and has visited both the Antarctic and the Arctic. With sophisticated and spacious living areas matched with state of the art AV systems, communication and navigation equipment this 47m (154.2ft) vessel is built for entertainment as well as exploring and has done so extensively since she was built in 1990.
Of course following her adventures the latest programme of works to be completed at Pendennis includes some cosmetic work: replacement of some teak deck areas and a full exterior re-paint. However, the main purpose of her visit is to undergo a detailed engineering overhaul, including servicing of her tanks, props and shafts, a structural survey and full service of all major systems on board – much of which is necessary for her 20 year ABS survey.
The Captain of Andromeda La Dea, Mac Auwers, has previous experience working alongside Pendennis as he was captain of Enterprise, a 142.4ft motor sailer also built by Perini Navi, during her refit at the yard in 2003-4. From his time based at Pendennis during this successful and swift refit Mac is aware of the yard’s extensive engineering expertise necessary for completion of the boats’ systems overhaul, due to be completed in April 2011.
One of the owners of Andromeda La Dea, Charles Pinckney (Buddy) Darby III, an American entrepreneur currently involved in developing the amazing facilities at Christophe Harbour, St Kitts, was keen to work with the facility in Falmouth: “Pendennis has an impressive portfolio of refits spanning over 20 years, and the reputation for delivering high quality results. Key to the project was the reassurance that Andromeda La Dea would be ready to sail for the 2011 summer charter season. I am confident that the range of highly experienced in-house technical skills at Pendennis will enable completion of these extensive engineering works in this relatively short period.”