Pendennis Refit Projects: M5 Starts, Heavenly Daze Wraps Up

Pendennis welcomed one superb superyacht, Mirabella V, in for a refit while it was getting ready to say goodbye to another, Heavenly Daze.

When Pendennis announced in March that its Pendennis Plus division was to refit Mirabella V, being renamed M5, our website lit up like a Christmas tree. The hits haven’t stopped, either, as Mirabella V is hands-down the most popular sailing yacht we’ve ever featured.

The megayacht sold last year, and the new owner decided to make some major modifications, including a nearly 10-foot (three-meter) transom extension, the addition of a side-boarding platform, and some new systems. The 290-foot-high (88.5-meter-high) mast and rig are further being refurbished. The gallery above show the de-masting process recently undertaken at Pendennis Plus.

As for Heavenly Daze, her owner mostly wanted an interior spruce-up, to make her more modern yet honor her 40-years-young heritage. Wetzels Brown was tapped to redesign the 105’9” (32.22-meter) Feadship’s saloon and dining area, VIP suites, and guest staterooms. However, some physical repairs outside were also needed. These included replacing the steel support for the aft caprail, repairing some tanks and parts of the hull, and recaulking and repairing the teak decks. Other improvements: new wheelhouse electronics, a new exhaust system for the engines, and an overhaul of the steering and stabilizers. The steel hull and steel and wood superstructure received new paint, too.

Heavenly Daze is back on the charter circuit for the summer, in the Med.

Pendennis Refits Dona Amelia, ex-Haida G

One of the world’s most famous and oldest megayachts recently wrapped up a refit at Pendennis’ Pendennis Plus yard. The 233-foot Dona Amélia, formerly known as Haida G, spent four months in the UK-based facility.

A few things about Dona Amélia’s arrival at Pendennis were noteworthy. First, she marked the largest megayacht to be serviced by the team. Second, and even more significant, Dona Amélia entered—and exited—with her original twin Krupp steam engines. Considering the yacht was launched in 1928, it’s remarkable. But a series of dedicated owners and crews have kept those engines, as well as the rest of the yacht, in good working condition over the past 80-plus years.

Built by Krupp Germania in Germany to a design by Cox & Stevens in the USA, the yacht was launched in 1928 as Haida. Max Fleischmann, who owned a successful yeast-manufacturing company, commissioned her. The name came from that of a tribe indigineous to islands off the coast of British Columbia. After being pressed into service during World War II, Haida went on to enjoy ownership under several high-profile people, including movie producer Robert Stigwood and the late yacht-charter expert Andreas Liveras, the latter naming her Rosenkavalier. If you’ve seen the movie Mama Mia, you’ll no doubt recall seeing the yacht as part of the cast.

As for the refit, Pendennis performed additional maintenance tasks, overhauling a variety of equipment such as the gensets and hydraulics. The craftsmen further restored the teak decks and outside brightwork. Future guests will be glad to know the hot tub was also replaced and the entertainment system was upgraded.

Dona Amélia is spending the rest of the winter in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Pendennis Plus has additional refits in house, including that of the famed Feadship Virginian.

Pendennis Christens Vava II, Rebrands Devonport Yachts

On the heels of christening the largest private motoryacht ever built in the UK, Pendennis is rebranding the Devonport Yachts facility in Falmouth.

Over the weekend the megayacht code-named P55 became formally known as Vava II. Measuring 96 meters (315 feet), Vava II is not just the largest motoryacht manufactured on British soil, but also among the largest of any type of private yacht ever built there. To put things into perspective, she exceeds the LOA of the 1930-build power yacht Nahlin, still afloat today, as well as that of the famed modern sailing yacht Mirabella V. Nahlin measures 91.4 meters (300 feet), while Mirabella V measures 75.22 meters (247 feet).

The owner of Vava II has requested that most details about the megayacht still be kept confidential. However, we can tell you that styling is by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and interior design is by Remi Tessier. In addition, Vava II will charter beginning next year, adhering to SOLAS regulations for large passenger ships, meaning vessels carrying 36 passengers or more. The rules govern things like damage stability and other safety matters.

In rebranding news, at the end of this month, Devonport Yachts will officially become known as Pendennis Plus. The goal is twofold. First, it emphasizes Pendennis’ ability to build and refit 60-meter-plus (197-foot-plus) megayachts. Second, it distinguishes the facility from Devonport Royal Dockyard, a naval-ship builder also in Plymouth. Devonport Royal Dockyard, owned by Babcock International Group, was a sister company of Devonport Yachts until 2010, when Pendennis acquired the yachting division.