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A2’s substantial refit is recognised by the World Superyacht Awards

Boat International recently confirmed that following a substantial number of entries into the 2013 World Superyacht Awards, which will take place on 4th May 2013; the Pendennis rebuild A2 (ex. Masquerade of Sole) has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Superyacht Refit category.

A2 spent 16 months in the Falmouth yard being completely transformed from her 1980s design into one to rival a contemporary vessel, both in aesthetics and performance. The yacht arrived at Pendennis in the spring of 2011 with the initial task being the complete removal of the vessel’s interior and systems stripping the yacht back to bare steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

The structural engineers at BMT Nigel Gee worked alongside the technical team at Pendennis to design a five-metre extension across three levels, increasing her LOA from 42.5m to 47m.

The interior layout was much improved with the creation of a full width master stateroom which dramatically increased the level of luxury within the owner’s accommodation. The new interior also includes a much larger main lounge with the addition of a second lounge area on the top deck and redesigned twin access stairwells (rather than the previous single ladder system).

Alongside the redesign the owner’s brief was to increase both the range and cruising speed of the yacht following her rebuild. This was achieved in both areas; with her cruising speed now a steady 14 knots rather than 12 knots from new MTU main engines. A2 now comfortably achieves a maximum of 15.8 knots alongside a dramatically improved fuel consumption increasing her fuel range from 3,500NM at 12KTS s to 4,200NM cruising at 14KTS.

Pendennis also undertook a complete engineering upgrade, replacing all technology, electrical systems, engine room equipment, and air conditioning/water systems throughout, leaving the vessel more akin to a newly built superyacht rather than a 20-year old one.

The owner explained their reasons for such a substantial remodel: “Masquerade of Sole provided a fantastic base yacht for the project, as yachts of this era are well known for their structural integrity and longevity. By stripping down to the hull we could make the most of this aspect of the existing yacht, but still optimise the volume and plan the interior and exterior layout with a modern styling best suited to our needs, as if designing a new yacht.

“During the project my wife and I were heavily involved in the layout and interior design aspects of A2.  Having a small focused owner’s team and strong relationship with Pendennis proved to be a very successfully formula.   The team provided regular updates, discussing new plans and GA options along the way with a constant review of technological ideas and advancements. From the outset the team at Pendennis were able to apply their substantial knowledge of engineering and electrical systems to plan for a much more efficient and responsive vessel.”

The rebuild of A2 was a very intensive project requiring significant pre-planning and a concentrated design period.  The project was complemented by a full paint job before A2 undertook motor trials in Falmouth Bay in May 2012. Her final transformation was dramatic, almost the equivalent of building a new yacht rather than a conventional refit project.

Since A2 was launched the owners have spent numerous weeks on board in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and are looking forward to exploring further afield later in the year.

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