News: 2013 ISS Award for superyacht A2 refitted by Pendennis

November 1, 2013 by ss
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Motor yacht A2’s transformation began swiftly upon her arrival in Falmouth as Masquerade of Sole in February 2011. The yacht was stripped back to bare steel and aluminium throughout, with her stern and top deck remodelled and then extended across three levels, increasing her LOA by 5m. Not only did this improve her external social areas, but enabled Pendennis to add a new full-width Owner’s lounge and study. John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT Nigel Gee, structural engineers on superyacht A2, explained “We have worked with Pendennis on numerous occasions, and this project was one of the most challenging and rewarding yet. The vision of the Owner and collaboration of BMT Nigel Gee with the Pendennis project team has produced a truly amazing yacht, completely unrecognisable from her former self.”

During the remodelling project all equipment and technology was replaced throughout, including new deck equipment, a complete rebuild of the engine room, installation of modern bridge technology and state-of-the-art AV equipment. The engineering team at Pendennis applied their decades of knowledge to advise on the most efficient and effective systems available. This created a more effective power management system which saw the yacht leave the yard with her cruising speed increased from 12 to 14.5 knots and her fuel consumption improved.

The interiors were given a contemporary look to complement the upgrades. New York based Peter Marino Architect was commissioned to design the luxurious Owner and Guest areas, creating an architecturally-influenced interior space integrating dramatic statement pieces. Peter Marino created a visually exciting design throughout: bleached oak bulkheads were juxtaposed by dark palmwood interiors, whilst textured leather walls were balanced by clean-lined furniture, with contemporary upholstery complemented by stylish high-art pieces.

Mike Carr, Managing Director of Pendennis, is delighted with the recognition the yacht has received “Although we have performed extensive yacht restorations over the years, A2 was a milestone for the yard in terms of our remodelling projects, and really showcased all elements of our in-house skills and experience from Naval Architecture through to exterior finishing. Since her launch the yacht has generated enormous interest as to the possibilities of upgrading and improving existing yachts. This type of project demonstrates a fresh approach for discerning Owners who want to rejuvenate their superyacht experience without the time and financial implications of a custom new build project.”

A2 yacht’s long-term relationship with Pendennis continues as its Yacht Support team provide advice, engineering skills and parts supply during her current cruise down the East Coast of the United States.

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