Discover the real-life Cinderella story behind the award-winning refit of sailing yacht G2, courtesy of Pendennis.
Sometimes the word “refit” doesn’t go far enough - the definition was certainly put to the test by the owners of G2. First launched in 2009 as Cinderella IV, G2 was designed by Bill Tripp as a carbon fibre performance cruiser with a lifting keel. Her current owners briefly considered a new build before discovering the 39 metre Vitters sloop. The yacht ticked most of their boxes - it had the size, cabins, and pedigree they were after - but the dark and traditional interior was not to their taste. On the hunt for a refit yard capable of transforming Cinderella IV into the light and airy G2, the owners found Pendennis.
Having previously built two carbon fibre Wallys and completed a 24-month refit of composite sailing yacht M5, Pendennis already had a wealth of knowledge and experience working with composite-built yachts, making the yard well equipped to take on the task. Ten years after her launch, G2 was reborn as a shining example of what can be achieved by overlaying solid foundations with some fresh thinking.
The 11-month refit project included a complete interior renovation as well as the removal of her second deckhouse aft, creating an open flush deck and wealth of space for lounging in the cockpit. A single deckhouse now "floats" on the deck, thanks to wraparound windows, and provides dramatic sightlines along the length of the yacht.
Below, her original Donald Starkey interior was reimagined by the Milan-based studio Nauta Design. The yacht's honey-toned woods were replaced with lighter open-grain oak, while a new minimalist colour palette was introduced to brighten up the entire interior, with greys, whites, and brushed silver metal.
Two large skylights were cut into the pilothouse, flooding the open plan saloon with natural light and allowing views of the sails overhead, while 11 larger portlights were fitted to the guest cabins to open up the interior.
Additionally, the yacht was made as maintenance-free as possible for her upcoming circumnavigation. The yacht's 10-year Class Survey was brought forward with all machinery and systems serviced, upgraded or replaced.
Cinderella IV arrived at Pendennis's Falmouth-based yard to begin her refit in autumn 2017 and was relaunched as G2 in summer 2018, just in time for the Mediterranean cruising season. With the extent and calibre of the refit work, it comes as no surprise that G2 scooped the Neptune for Best Refit at the 2019 World Superyachts Awards.