Pendennis Shipyard has completed a complex refit to the remodelled sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) leading to successful trials off the port which saw the craft achieve speeds of up to 17.7 knots.

Her new carbon rig, designed and manufactured by Carbo-Link with OYS making the fittings, the new 34 carbon fibre stays and titanium fittings with built-in fibre optics, have decreased the weight of the rig by 18 tonnes.

Under trials in Falmouth Bay the super yacht performed well in 20 knots of winds. M5 spent several hours at sea when teams of specialists tested the new rig observing the balance of the yacht under sail.

During the refit Pendennis has completed extensive engineering works which have included 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 ten-year DNV survey.

The interiors have been redesigned by British company – Redman Whiteley Dixon.

The project has seen collaboration between Pendennis and the original designer, Ron Holland, to achieve the owner’s idea of extending the stern by three metres which has created a new sleeker profile providing an impressive aft deck area. Access to the yacht has been improved with the installation of side boarding platform.

M5 is currently undergoing her final fit-out and systems testing before her scheduled departure from Falmouth later this month.

Pendennis Shipyard is going from strength to strength making it one of the world’s leading custom superyacht build and refit facilities. Employing more than 350 highly-skilled staff, the yacht builder has completed the first stage of a multi-million pound development with the installation of three new main construction halls measuring 2 x 90 metres and 1 x 45 metres.

The yard has taken delivery of a 600-tonne travel hoist to support these new facilities. This year Pendennis will be developing an adjustable-depth wet basin to accommodate superyachts before and after their time in the yard.

The yard is currently working on building a new Dubois sloop and refits to the yachts Rebecca, Siran, Nostromo, and Christopher.

The company is also restoring the classic motor yacht Malahne.