In 1929, Montague Stanley Napier placed an order for a new 58.83-metre steel superyacht at the Camper & Nicholsons shipyard, but passed away before he could take delivery during 1931. Marala then was sold to aeroplane builder Sir Richard Fairey, who named the yacht Evadne. In the years to follow, the yacht had only four owners and was given various names, such as Zapala and Gaviota IV.Photo: Jake SugdenAs one of the few surviving yachts from her era, Marala has been well-maintained and underwent numerous modifications – such as a conversion during World War II to serve as a navy vessel. Now she is undergoing an extensive 18-month restoration programme at the Pendennis shipyard in the UK to revitalise her original 1930s characteristics, such as recreating her original exterior lines through various superstructure modifications.Photo: Benoit DonnePendennis has plans to upgrade the yacht’s steelwork, paintwork, teak decks and both domestic and electrical systems to accommodate for modern systems and technology. Her current interiors reflect her classic exterior look and feature teak furniture, silk wall coverings and polished brass – all of which will remain classic but be revitalised by London-based design studio Muza Lab. Currently able to carry up to 13 guests on board, there are also plans for the addition of a new guest area. Photo: Benoit DonnePhoto: Benoit Donne“Marala’s new owner recognised the rare opportunity to own a Camper & Nicholsons classic motor yacht but understood that her essential engineering requirements would impact her interior. With a determination to remain sympathetic to her heritage and original design, the decision was made to bring the yacht to Pendennis to complete a restoration and preserve her spirit for many years to come,” commented her Captain.Photo: Benoit DonneJoint Managing Director of Pendennis, Mike Carr added: "Pendennis is renowned the world over as the premier destination to complete a complex restoration project like Marala. Years of experience working on award-winning projects such as Fair Lady, Shamrock V, Malahne and most recently Haida 1929 has given our 430 strong workforce not only a broad understanding of the complexities of completing a project such as Marala, but also a deep respect for preserving the heritage of these yachts for generations to come."
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