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Pendennis completed a substantial refit of the world’s largest sailing sloop, Mirabella V, in 2014.

Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) were commissioned as the interior design team, fresh from the completion of the much talked about VAVA II (Devonport Yachts). Mirabella V’s original designer, Naval Architect Ron Holland – who also worked with Pendennis on the sailing yacht Christopher, launched in 2011 - steered structural improvements which included a 2.4m stern extension. After a 24 month visit to Pendennis, the yacht relaunched as M5.

Exterior restyling work included the installation of a side boarding platform. Structural fabrication of the composite stern was undertaken by Green Marine, with support from structural engineers High Modulus Europe Ltd. The full extent of the engineering commission involved replacing the main engines, generators, switchboards and sewage treatment plant along with an upgrade of the air conditioning system, electrics and entertainment system, and a 10-year DNV survey.

The interior aspects of the refit saw the main and lower decks undergo a complete restyle, with an elegant art deco inspired interior created by the team at Redman Whiteley Dixon. M5’s main deck was completely transformed with all joinery replaced to complement RWD’s new design.

The stepping of M5’s 89m main mast was managed by Marine Results, with equipment supply, infrastructure management and hydraulics expertise provided by Pendennis. The process took five cranes, five hours and a team of over 30 people.


Builder VT Shipbuilding

Year of Build 2004

Former Name Mirabella V

Type Sailing Yacht: Sloop

Naval Architect Ron Holland (Remodel)

Exterior Styling Ron Holland (Remodel)

Interior Design Redman Whiteley Dixon (Remodel)

Construction Composite - Eglass

LOA 75.2m / 77.6m (post-remodel)

Beam 14.8m

Draft 10.2m post-remodel

Max Speed 16.3 knots max power / 20+knots sail

Gross Tonnage 1017 tonnes

Pendennis Refit Year 2014

Pendennis Refit Location Pendennis Falmouth

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