Refit in action: how Cinderella IV became the award-winning G2

Written by Laura Nicholls

The yard 

Pendennis has been constructing, refitting and rebuilding fully bespoke superyachts for 30 years and has completed work on numerous large-scale projects such as the 55.75-metre Feadship Illusion I and the 71.1-metre classic motor yacht Haida 1929.G2 yacht sailingPhoto: Quin BissetThe UK-based shipyard accepted G2 under her original name of Cinderella IV during the autumn of 2017. The sloop was then relaunched in September 2018 sporting her new name, G2.  

The yacht

Now ready to cruise around the world with her new owners and expected to make a debut on the race circuit, the 39-metre performance sloop was delivered in 2009 by Vitters and built in carbon composite with a large sail plan in order to comfortably reach 14 to 16 knots under sail. She features an exterior design by Tripp Design Naval Architecture and an interior created by Nauta Yachts. Up to eight guests can be accommodated for across four staterooms and enjoy her two-deck layout and panoramic saloon. Outdoors, guests will find the sunpads, architectural biminis - which can be left up when the yacht is under sail - and the lifting keel (from 6m to 3.8m), enabling her to access shallow waters. A crew of up to five care for the 174 GT G2, and thanks to the fully reconfigured arrangement of the helm and aft deck, guests can choose from being connected to the crew while the yacht is underway, or opt for a more discreet service.Cinderella IV haulout Photo: Pendennis

The brief

Represented by Cornelsen & Partner's Benjamin Stitt, the owner had a very clear vision for the transformation and wanted to build upon G2’s pedigree sailing platform. His brief and list of requirements for the refit works focussed on three main areas:

General style: 

The yacht’s previous style featured many different materials, including several types of wood. By using the Milan-based design studio Nauta Yachts, the owner wanted to marry the two decks by toning down the interior style and make the yacht’s wood-heavy, classic decor less overpowering and more welcoming. With regards to the exterior, the owner wanted to enhance the yacht’s modern lines with a cleaner, sleeker look.


Without changing the yacht’s volumes, the layout was to be optimised. A redesign of the upper and lower areas of the saloon would create an open-plan space, providing a better connection between the two areas, and improving both comfort and the perception of space for guests. 

Owner’s cabin: 

The final major request from the owner was to redesign his forward cabin to make both the perceived and real space larger and more comfortable.G2 yacht during the refitPhoto: PendennisG2 yacht during the refitPhoto: Pendennis

The works

The owner brought together Tripp Design, Nauta Design, Cornelsen & Partner, and Pendennis to help bring his vision to life. The team started off by carefully removing the yacht’s original guest interior, the Fibre Mechanics team then began the modification work to the bulkhead structures in the owner’s cabin, the removal of the cuddy on the aft deck and the enlargement of the 11 portholes in the guest accommodation.   

In brief, the key changes to G2 during her rebuild included the following:

  • Two large skylights were cut into the roof of the main saloon, adding natural light into the yacht’s interior. A single pane of tempered glass was mounted lengthwise on the deckhouse’s central longitudinal beam to make the skylight appear to be divided into two sections when viewed from below.

  • The hallway mast was previously hidden in a cupboard which made the hallway seem very long. The cupboard was removed to reveal the mast to help proportion the hall and add a ‘marine’ style to the space. 

  • The upper and lower parts of the saloon were originally very separate. To open up the area and connect the saloon to the dining area, the high backing on some furnishings was removed and a transparent balustrade was installed. The TV area benefitted from the addition of a U-shaped sofa and a fully equipped bar was installed to the starboard part of the upper saloon. 

  • The cuddy was removed on the aft deck and extensive composite works were carried out to create a new aft deck layout with a flush open deck feel, complete with new sun pads and an extended guest outdoor dining area.

  • The superstructure and rig were resprayed metallic Sandelwood Silver.

  • 40% of the deck was replaced with new teak with all the caulking removed and changed from black to grey.

  • The original 11 portlights in the guest areas were made larger to brighten the accommodation. 

  • All original guest accommodation was removed and replaced with a modern and contemporary interior featuring light bleached oak designed by Nauta Design and constructed by RQI. 

  • To enlarge the owner’s cabin, the owner chose a new layout that transformed a portside guest cabin and its ensuite bathroom into a children's cabin. This required the structural bulkhead in the owner’s cabin to be moved to increase the footprint of the area. 

  • The bed arrangements were rearranged in both the starboard and portside guest cabin. All ensuite bathrooms were also updated.

  • The bilge and fire systems were replaced throughout the yacht - a complicated process involving the removal of tanks and large elements of the crew accommodation during installation.

  • New Amtico flooring, fridges and a floating carbon staircase were added to the crew area.

  • The 10-year class special survey was completed.

  • Upgraded fresh water system provided potable water and decreased the use and necessity of plastic bottles.

  • The shore power converter and main switchboard dief hardware were upgraded.

  • New carbon fibre EC6 rigging was installed and sailing instruments were upgraded.

  • AVIT, NAVCOM and Communication Systems were replaced and upgraded.G2 yacht during the refitPhoto: Pendennis

The outcome

Over 120 of Pendennis’ in-house and highly skilled tradespeople worked for 11 months on refitting G2. The final outcome is a transformed high-performance sailing yacht with more open visuals and new sources of natural light. The saloon is now spacious and features new furniture from top brands such as Cassina, Flexform and Knoll. As a result of the impressive refit, since her relaunch, G2 was awarded first place in the Refitted Yacht category at the World Superyacht Awards 2019.G2 main saloonPhoto: Nauta Yachts G2 master suitePhoto: YPIG2 aerialPhoto: YPI

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