The Pendennis Spirit
At the core of Pendennis’ success are its people
Instead of just entrusting subcontractors with critical jobs, Pendennis maintains full control over a build or refit with a 430-strong base of in-house tradespeople highly skilled in everything from design and engineering to joinery and deck outfitting.
The corporate culture nurtures a passion for yachts and prioritises building a dynamic team with a wealth of knowledge in the superyacht arena. Just under a third of Pendennis’ workforce were home grown, learning their specialised trades through the company’s apprenticeship programme, which has won multiple national awards.
This people-led approach is key to Pendennis’ success. It has given them an incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated staff who take pride in delivering the highest quality results. Continuity is another benefit. For example, when Rebecca returned to the yard for a refit 14 years after her launch, the team was able to draw upon the unique expertise of those who had built her.
A client’s first point of contact is the project manager, who is appointed to every contract from the outset. This is the person who ensures a client’s expectations are accurately conveyed and monitors and reports progress.
A central office provides in-house technical support, advising on all aspects of yacht construction from structural design to fine finishing details, with extensive knowledge of both classification society regulations and MCA requirements. The fabricating team is skilled in both steel and aluminium, with welders coded by Lloyd’s, DNV, ABS and more. Welding is carried out using the latest Super Pulse or synergic MIG sets, keeping plate distortion to an absolute minimum as specified by leading designers.
From shaft alignment to fitting Jacuzzis, the engineering team regularly repairs, refurbishes, maintains and fits engineering installations for all yacht systems. They have in-depth knowledge of the latest regulatory and technological requirements, including water treatment plants and after-exhaust treatment to meet IMO mandates. The team operates from a dedicated central workshop but the majority of work is completed on board.
The talented joinery team can produce all types of interior styles, from traditional Edwardian raised and fielded panelling to minimalist flat panel designs. On deck, they lend their expertise to the teak decks, cap rails, companionways, skylights and cockpit furniture.
Experienced shipwrights and engineers make up the deck outfitting team. They design or source and fit such items as passerelles, cranes, anchor and mooring equipment, deck winches, sailing hardware, rails and stanchions, windows and port lights, safety equipment and more. Members of this team are also knowledgeable in the installation and setting up of masts and spars and commissioning of sail handling systems.
The highly experienced marine electrical team is able to advise, design and install all types of cutting-edge electrical and electronic systems and equipment, from integrated navigation systems to bespoke entertainment packages. Electrical panels and switchboards are sourced from tried and trusted manufacturers and cable installations are completed to the highest marine and class specifications with all cables being neatly installed and individually tagged.
Finally, the in-house painting team is skilled in the exterior fairing and painting of custom build projects and resprays on existing vessels as well as interior protective coatings inside the structure and tank spaces. Quality control is paramount and starts with ensuring the cleanest possible working environment.
With a passion for yachts as its underlying tenet and engineering at the heart of the company, Pendennis recognises that each motor or sailing yacht it works on has its own persona and strives to deliver every element to the highest in build quality, engineering excellence and performance efficiency.