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Classic motor yacht Marala completes sea trials

Another momentous milestone was reached in the restoration of 1930’s classic yacht Marala earlier this month when the 59m motor yacht, originally built by Camper and Nicholsons, successfully completed her sea trials in Cornwall. After a meticulous programme of works spanning more than two years, to see her underway once again was a thrilling moment for the whole project team.

The project has been a careful blend of sympathetically renewing yet preserving original features and honouring the yacht’s fascinating history. While large parts of the steelwork of her hull was strengthened, a significant amount of her original rivetted construction was able to be preserved. As much of her original timber as possible has been kept, as were her recently rebuilt original engines. Although the power train was refurbished, original materials were used where possible, such as lignum vitae within the stern tube bearings. Meanwhile, much needed upgrades to her domestic and electrical systems have harnessed modern engineering methods. A new interior by London-based design house Muza Lab celebrates the spirit and heritage of the vessel and completes her return to former beauty and elegance.

Proving her seaworthiness in this comprehensive set of sea trials means that Marala is now ready to cruise, having shown that all of her machinery has performed exactly as expected when monitored closely under test conditions. The safety and operational requirements of the vessel under extended engine trials were assessed off the coast of Falmouth and signed off by Lloyd’s surveyors.

Our in-house Class and Flag team liaised closely with both Cook Islands and Lloyd’s to ensure a successful result in an extremely technical historic restoration. Preserving these historic yachts by balancing traditional craftsmanship with modern technology is a passion that has become a signature of Pendennis’. We’re proud to be able to share this video of the latest step in Marala’s journey and we hope you enjoy it too.

Marala on sea trials in Cornwall

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