PHOTOS: RICHARD LANGDON (A2 ON WATER); NICK BAILEY/PENDENNIS (A2 INTERIORS)
She arrived as a 139-footer, and she departed as a 154-footer. That’s among the things that happened when Masquerade of Sole (immediately above) underwent a several-months-long refit at Pendennis. The megayacht is now cruising under the name A2 (top image).
Built in 1983 by Feadship, the megayacht was still in good enough shape to remain active, just in need of modernization. Masquerade of Sole had been refitted in 2008, but the work did not involve exterior modifications, and the interior just didn’t suit the contemporary taste of the current owner.
The owner’s wish list included the creation of a main-deck master suite (above), reconfiguring other interior areas, upgrading systems, and more. Pendennis collaborated with BMT Nigel Gee for naval architecture and engineering work and Peter Marino Architect for interior design. (On an interesting side note, Peter Marino is an in-demand designer among the leading fashion houses, regularly designing retail stores for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and more. He also has high-profile residential clientele.)
To make A2’s main-deck master happen, Pendennis and BMT Nigel Gee determined the steel hull and aluminum superstructure would both require modifications. Hence the megayacht’s LOA grew from 139 feet (42.35 meters) to 154 feet (47 meters). While the before-and-after exterior views above don’t give you full looks at each yacht, A2 truly looks nothing like her former self. Other technical changes included rebuilding the engine room, plus installing new deck gear and wheelhouse electronics.
Nearly every part of the interior, accommodating 10 total in the owner’s party, was redesigned and re-outfitted. Overall, A2 is far more modern. The closeup of the coffee table (above) is an ideal example; those are tiny figurines, one lined up after another, with arms raised to support the glass top.
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