Pendennis Shipyard has been awarded ‘Best Rebuild’ project at the World Superyacht Awards.
The Falmouth company won the award for its work on the classic 1937 Camper & Nicholsons yacht, Malahne, which was completed in June 2015 after a 30-month refit programme.
Malahne arrived in Falmouth on a barge in September 2012, in a very sad state, not at all reflective of the glamour she had enjoyed in her heyday, entertaining such stars as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.
The owner’s brief was to “recreate the vessel as she was in the 1930s, and as if she had always been that way”.
Exterior designers G Watson meticulously outlined the proportions and integrity of the original design, while Pendennis immediately began the extensive programme of reconstructing the hull and superstructure to Malahne’s original form, using riveting and steelwork techniques reflective of the original build era.
Oliver Laws Design was recruited to create a stylish and sumptuous Art Deco interior, with exquisite attention to detail in every aspect from hardware to lighting, original furniture and built-in cabinets, even original Bakelite telephones.
Pendennis MD, Mike Carr, said: “Malahne is the most extensive superyacht restoration programme ever undertaken.
“We are extremely proud of the result and to be rewarded with a World Superyacht Award is a reflection of the dedication and passion of everyone involved in this project.”