British yard Pendennis has begun a “painstaking” restoration on the 59 metre Marala.
Built in steel by Camper and Nicholsons in 1931, Marala is set to undergo a rigorous 18-month programme of work at Pendennis’s Falmouth based yard.
The restoration will specifically focus on retaining Marala’s original character of the 1930s era, while modernising on board systems and technology. The yard will restore the yacht’s profile to her original lines while carrying out a complete paint programme and refurbishment of the yacht’s teak decks.
Other work will include upgrades to the yacht’s steelwork, as well as domestic and electrical systems. London design studio Muza Lab has been commissioned to redesign the interior décor, as well as overhaul the guest area. Pendennis said the new interior design will “respect and celebrate the 1930s spirit of the vessel”.
The restoration project comes after the yacht was sold in 2017, the first time in 50 years. During Marala’s lifetime, the yacht has undergone a number of modifications, which included a conversion for naval service during the Second World War, as well as sailing beneath names such as Gaviota, Zapala and Evadne. The yacht also retains her original layout and engines.
Speaking about the conversion, Marala’s captain said the new owner “understood that Marala’s essential engineering requirements would impact her interior.”
Joint managing director of Pendennis, Mike Carr, said the yard’s track record of carrying out complex restoration projects on yachts including Haida 1929 and Shamrock V has given the company “a deep respect for preserving the heritage of these yachts for generations to come.”