UPDATE, OCTOBER 21, 2020: Lady E has wrapped up work and is embarking on a global charter itinerary starting in 2021, via Burgess’ central agency. Ben Harwood, Burgess’ head of charter management, says, “With such an interesting itinerary scheduled coupled with her brand new look, we feel she is one not to be missed.” With weekly rates starting at $595,000 during low season and $623,000 during high season, Lady E will charter starting in Australia. New Zealand and the South Pacific follow, with the Caribbean and Bahamas on her schedule for next fall.
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When she arrived, she was a 225-footer (68.5-meter). Now that she is approaching sea trials and ultimately departure, Lady E is nearly 20 feet (6 meters) longer. This follows an almost-yearlong refit at Pendennis.
Lady E originally saw launch from Amels in 2006. She has enjoyed a healthy charter routine for several years, too. However, charter these days is much different than it was more than a decade ago. For instance, beach clubs did not exist back then. Now, they are all-important features—for owners as much as charter guests, too. Therefore, adding this relaxation space was a priority for the refit. Thanks to the extra 20 feet aft, Lady E boasts a 710-square-foot (66-square-meter) waterside lounge. Besides a seating area, it includes a bar, a 77-inch TV, and of course plenty of stowage for toys. These include wakeboards, surfboards, and e-foiling boards. Furthermore, the full-beam swim platform (the folded-down transom hatch) has swim stairs leading guests into the water. A skylight and six ports total on both sides bring even more sunlight into this welcoming space.
The extra length made a few more things possible as well. For example, guests who stay aboard Lady E may now notice more usable space both on the main deck and below decks. Overall, the megayacht gained 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) spread across the two levels. This doesn’t include extra seating and sunning areas outside on the main aft deck, yet a further benefit.
Speaking of that area, it grew by 592 square feet (55 square meters), and with a glass panel aft, it is the perfect perch from which to watch the watersports action below. Come nighttime, nightclub-like audio and lighting systems make it a party zone.
The improvements for the now-244-foot (74.5-meter) megayacht do not stop there. Up on the bridge deck, the owner and guests can enjoy a wellness area with workout equipment, among other features. In fact, spa lovers will appreciate the dedicated massage, manicure and pedicure, plus hair and makeup areas. The icing on the proverbial cake: The owners upgraded the existing sauna with a hammam and new day head.
Behind the scenes, wiring and AV-related needs received upgrades. Down below in the engine room, Pendennis installed three new gensets, further overhauling the engines and additional systems.
Bearing a shiny new paint job, Lady E departed Pendennis drydock over the weekend for its wet basin. She’ll conduct sea trials soon, then depart the shipyard later this month, ready for a new charter season.
In related news, the 18-month refit of Marala at Pendennis continues. The 89-year-old megayacht should relaunch early next year.