Top new-build sailing yachts by Pendennis

5 July 2021

From basic repairs to complete makeovers, Pendennis has a healthy portfolio of over 250 refit projects that they are well known and celebrated for. But, over the last 30+ years, the British yard has also put together a range of bespoke new builds, including these five standout sailing yachts.

39m Hoek Truly Classic 128 superyacht range

Delivered in 2018 and 2020 respectively, Vijonara and Halekai are two of the four classically styled aluminum superyachts from the TC128 range built by Pendennis. The two yachts benefit from the exterior and interior design work of Hoek Design Naval Architects and the expertise of MCM as owner’s representative. The TC128 series has a distinctive classic hull shape, above-water styling and a modern underwater configuration.

By using different interior designers to help customise the units within the range, Pendennis is able to retain the same, if not similar, hull lines and keel shapes. The 128’ design can also accommodate customisations such as a bowsprit with downwind sails such as an A-symmetric spinnaker or a Code sail, plus reconfigured deck layouts to suit the needs of the owner and bespoke interior fittings.

42.42m custom ketch Rebecca

After emerging from her construction shed in 1999, the German Frers-designed Rebecca is one of the largest ketches to be built at Pendennis to date. Since her launch date, she has returned to both the Pendennis Palma and Falmouth facilities for refit and technical support in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2020. As a result, she benefits from new teak decking, up-to-date engineering and systems and recently overhauled interiors to accommodate up to six overnight guests. The owner’s original brief included the desire to combine all of the best elements of yachts from the mid-19th century to the modern day. This, along with a light and elegant interior design by Robin Black has helped to create a fine-looking, modern classic sailing yacht that has had a string of successes in some of the world’s best regattas.

55.5m remodelled schooner Adela

Built back in 1903 by J.G.Fay & Co from steel, Adela has visited the Pendennis yard numerous times for six refit sessions, a remodelling and a restoration. By working with designer Gerard Dykstra, the team at Pendennis were able to incorporate every modern yacht system and convenience into the original interior without losing the charm and elegance of the original W.C. Storey design. Inside, she has concealed state of the art communications and a modern climate control system to provide the comfort and convenience of a modern superyacht. Plus, a 5-metre mid-ships hull extension came with a mainsail replacement to optimise her top speed of 12 knots and helped her to achieve multiple wins at regattas such as the Pendennis Cup fleet, St Barths Bucket, RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua Superyacht Challenge and the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta.

44.2m sailing catamaran Hemisphere

As one of Pendennis’ most bespoke and unique launches, Hemisphere is still the largest privately-owned vessel of her type in the world. Built for American owners who wanted her fully kitted out for diving, Hemisphere’s port hull contains a dive centre capable of refilling air and Nitrox tanks. Other details within her interior spaces and onboard facilities include a luxury family-orientated design, accommodation for 12 guests in five comfortable ensuite cabins and a sundeck with a spa pool and alfresco dining table. With her 3-metre draught, Hemisphere can get into places other sailing yachts of this size can’t, and her starboard lazarette stocked with a host of toys and two tenders make any stop worthwhile. Since her launch, Hemisphere has been supported by both the Pendennis Palma and Pacific refit teams.

32.72m innovative sailing yacht Wally B

Wally B is a luxurious yacht as simple as a dinghy and as fast as a Maxi racer. Her breakthrough interiors by Lazzarini Pickering Architects made a bold statement in yacht design when she was built in 1998. Designer Luca Brenta & Co brought in state-of-the-art styling, design, sail-handling and accommodation with huge external areas that include a guest cockpit area covered by a Bimini, a large aft sunbathing area and a swimming platform. The hull was built with carbon and high temperature resins with a 100% Kevlar outer skin and a carbon/structural foam core inner skin. Wally B has a simplified sail handling system as well as a 100% carbon deck and rig – all of which contributes to her status as one of Pendennis’ most innovative sloops that can be handled by a small crew.