m5’s intensive refit period at the Pendennis facility in Falmouth is well underway with the new developments to the world’s largest sloop rigged sailing yacht already taking shape. As announced previously her visit will see the installation of a new 3 metre stern extension with naval architecture by Mirabella V’s original designers Ron Holland Design. The new composite stern manufactured by Green Marine is now in place with the post-cure scheduled to commence shortly. In conjunction with this, a significant amount of new open deck area has been added aft of the communications arch on the top deck (known as the flybridge) which is also undergoing remodelling. Once completed, these new areas will add a significant amount of flexible social space to the exterior of m5.
Further structural changes also include the installation of a new side boarding platform, extending out from the port hull to water level. The splash mould has left Pendennis and is currently with the door manufacturer for construction. The aperture in the hull is scheduled be cut this month in preparation for the new door structure to be bonded in. The hull and superstructure will be undergoing a full repaint over the next few months by the Pendennis in-house paint team. Preparation work for this large scale operation has already started, with areas not undergoing structural modifications primed ready for the new paint system.
The flybridge furniture which was previously made from moulded composite has now been removed in preparation for a new flexible furnishing option to be fitted. In the main living areas, the Owner’s quarters and main saloon as well as lower deck guest suites have mostly been stripped out in preparation for new interiors designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon and manufactured by Pendennis in conjunction with SINZ (SuperYacht Interiors, New Zealand). Work on installing these will start during November.
The programme of engineering work running alongside this schedule is also substantial. Most equipment in the engine room and technical spaces has been removed, with large shipping holes created in the decks to hoist equipment from the depths of the yacht. Pendennis is replacing all primary systems including new main engines, generators, shore power units, and switchboards. There is also an overhaul of all other systems with major rewiring currently taking place in preparation for this major upgrade.
As the project progresses over the next few months, m5 will be re-born, modernised and upgraded throughout, providing a truly impressive cruising experience for all that board her.
If you are visiting the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show later this week, the Pendennis stand will be located in the Yacht Builder’s Tent, Stand 669, where a team from the company will be available to answer any questions about this or any other recent projects at Pendennis.
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