Pendennis begins 1930s yacht restoration

The ‘MY Marala’ arrives at Pendennis Shipyard Photo: Jake Sugden The ‘MY Marala’ arrives at Pendennis Shipyard Photo: Jake Sugden
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Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth has begun the restoration of 1930s yacht which was used for naval service during the second world war.

Originally built by Camper & Nicholsons in 1931, the 59m MY Marala will spend the next 18 months undergoing a painstaking restoration, with the team at Pendennis ensuring she retains her original character and pedigree.

Joint MD of Pendennis, Mike Carr, explained: “We pride ourselves on being able to sympathetically balance traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, breathing new life into these historic yachts."

Unusually for a yacht of this age, Marala has had very few owners. When she came on to the market in 2016, it was for the first time in more than 50 years. As a result, she is one of the few surviving yachts from the 1930s to have maintained her character and basic layout, as well as her original engines.

Celebrating the 1930s

The restoration will see upgrades to the yacht’s steelwork, domestic and electrical systems, harnessing modern engineering methods. Her interior will benefit from a new guest area and London-based design house Muza Lab have been commissioned to bring a new look to the décor that celebrates the 1930s.

The yacht’s exterior will see a number of superstructure modifications that aim to restore her profile closer to the original lines. She will also benefit from a complete paint programme and an upgrade of her teak decks.

“Years of experience working on award winning projects has given our 430 strong workforce not only a broad understanding of the complexities of completing a project such as Marala, but also a deep respect for preserving the heritage of these yachts for generations to come,” concluded Mike.

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