Classic 50m superyacht Malahne launches after 30 month restoration

The 50 metre classic motor yacht Malahne was launched recently after an extensive 30 month refit at the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, UK. Originally launched in 1937, the almost 80 year old vessel was designed by Charles E. Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholsons. Amongst her extensive modifications were a drastic restoration of her interior and exterior to a sophisticated and contemporary standard, whilst also being modernised to be fully classed by Lloyd’s Register and compliant with the MCA Large Yacht Code (LY3).

The impressive project was brought to life by Nicholas Edmiston, Chairman of Edmiston & Company who has also played a vital part in the restoration of Nahlin and Bluebird. After introducing the project to her owner, she was taken to the Pendennis facilities where classic yacht experts G.L. Watson & Co. provided the exterior and interior design for the crew accommodation. William Collier, Managing Director at G.L. Watson & Co, comments, “The Malahne project is the most ambitious motor yacht restoration yet undertaken. The challenge of recreating many of the yacht’s features while achieving a faithful restoration of the hull shape has been very rewarding. Together we have brought an historically important yacht back to life. Malahne appears as she did in the 1930s, while having all of today’s conveniences.”

On-site project management was provided by G. L. Watson and Edmiston Yacht Management (EYM), who pooled their complementary design and technical expertise to work closely with Pendennis.

Inside, she features Art Deco influenced interior design created by Oliver Laws. Guy Oliver of Oliver Laws explains his brief from the owner, saying; “The Owner’s brief to “make Malahne look as if she had been in continuous ownership since she was built” was wonderful and daunting. The new Malahne had to function with contemporary requirements for air conditioning and technology, all of which had to be contained in an original envelope. I spent a long time establishing a language and grammar for the interior, with bespoke detailing, woods and materials appropriate to the period, (which were all hand worked and finished), as well as designing and sourcing original furniture in a lightly eclectic way to give an air of authenticity and continuity. The result is a vessel of charm and elegance that makes a distinctive statement for which I am sure she will become renowned.”

Mike Carr, Managing Director of Pendennis, is extremely proud of the standard of workmanship on-board: “Over the past two and half years the team here has worked incredibly hard to bring Malahne back to life. Seeing the final transformation from her 1980s form back to her original design, her launch marks a proud moment for everyone involved. Our tradespeople from all areas have applied quality, care, pride and passion to every aspect of the project. There have been unprecedented opportunities to showcase their restoration skills, whilst sympathetically integrating modern systems. Malahne now commands a special place in the Pendennis fleet.”

On completion of trials, Malahne will return to the Mediterranean. Yacht operations will be managed by Edmiston Yacht Management, and Malahne will be available for charter through Edmiston.

By Gemma Fottles



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