Nearly three years after she arrived at Pendennis for a refit, the classic megayacht Marala is close to cruising once again. Scenes of Marala on sea trials just last week, in fact, show how many milestones are complete.
Dating to 1931, the owner of this 193’6” (59-meter) understands quite well how historic she is, and therefore how crucial preserving her is. Fascinatingly, he’s only the fourth owner in her history, too. Some of those owners made structural changes to her, however, departing from her original appeal. The current owner felt it was important to bring back her original lines, which Charles E. Nicholson penned. He also felt it was important to take her to a shipyard versed in refitting classic cruisers. This explains why Pendennis got the job in 2019.
Happily, Pendennis says significant portions of Marala’s original riveted hull construction remains intact. Shipyard staff did, though, need to strengthen large parts of that steelwork. More original materials remain in sound shape, too. In fact, Pendennis says it kept as much of the initial woodwork as possible, plus was able to rebuild her 1930s-era engines. The powertrain for those twin MAN engines did require refurbishing. But, original materials are in place overall in abundance. This led to “a thrilling moment” seeing Marala on sea trials, the shipyard says. Lloyds surveyors were on hand for these extended tests, too, off the coast of Falmouth, England.
Meanwhile, further restoration work has been going on inside Marala. Some vitally needed tasks, for example, involved upgrading the electrical system and hotel loads. The owner and guests will benefit from modern conveniences like proper air conditioning while sitting in a 1930s-era ambience. The owner chose Muza Lab, a London-based design studio, to re-create the original essence. Unfortunately, photos are not yet available. But, yachts and superyachts of the time showed off abundant dark paneling and rich tones.
Redelivery is taking place in just a few weeks.
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