Never confuse size for stamina. At 127’10” (39 meters), Tenaz may be smaller than other superyacht sloops. But, in keeping with the translation of her name into English from Spanish, Tenaz is tenacious.
Consider, for example, that her builder, Pendennis, asserts that she’s one of the best yachts to spring from the drawing boards of Dubois Naval Architects. Launched as Mamamouchi in 1996, the twin-helmed Tenaz was designed to be a spirited performer and easily guided by one person. Dubois Naval Architects says she regularly achieves 17 knots.
The buyer who christened the sloop Tenaz in 2007 was certainly attracted to that nimbleness and performance. Another primary pull: “Dubois was the benchmark for big boats that sail, and big boats for sailors.” That latter statement is particularly key. Having grown up around boats, the owner enjoys taking the wheel. (He’s even done so in regattas.) Furthermore, he planned to do more than simply cruise a few weeks here and there with his family. Following her purchase, Tenaz undertook a world cruise with them.
The winter of 2008 into 2009 saw Tenaz return to Pendennis for a significant refit that was akin to a restoration. Why? Because the owner wanted her rebuilt as much as possible to how she was the first day she departed the yard. The refit was even overseen by Tenaz’s initial project manager at Pendennis. From the light-oak interior (created by Redman Whiteley Dixon) to the teak decking, and a variety of mechanical systems to the rigging, nearly every corner was refurbished.