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Top 6 pictures from Aquila’s record-breaking refit

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The remarkable rebirth of Aquila

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The 85.6 metre superyacht Aquila has completed a 12-month overhaul at Pendennis. As well as being the largest yacht built in the USA, she is now the largest yacht to be refitted in the UK to date.

Adrian Tinkler, fleet technical manager at Burgess who provided yacht management, hailed this project as a “remarkable rebirth”, adding: “Thanks to efficient planning and collaboration between the many hundreds of people involved at each stage of the design, specification and execution phases, the team delivered on time.”

One of the top 200 largest yachts in the world, Aquila will now join the Burgess fleet of yachts for charter.

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Aquila's rearranged exterior spaces

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Launched by the Derecktor shipyard in 2010 under her original name Cakewalk, Aquila was due for her five-year service when she arrived in Falmouth last year, but Pendennis was given a much broader remit for this project.

While her dark blue hull finish and Tim Heywood exterior design were maintained, there were many external changes including the addition of a private deck area measuring 60 square metres and the repositioning of the superyacht spa pool to the forward sun deck.

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Aquila's completely updated social spaces

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As part of the extensive refit on Aquila, her original Liz Dalton interiors were stripped out and replaced by a new design courtesy of Redman Whitely Dixon.

“To facilitate the extent of design and technical changes required, the interiors on Aquila needed to be stripped back to bulkheads across most areas,” Tinkler added.

Her internal spaces were reformulated to improve the flow between each area, with the installation carried out by Germany-based interior specialists Metrica.

Tony Dixon, director at Redman Whitely Dixon, explained his styling approach: “We selected a mix of dark wood finishes, pale leather panels with nickel trim and many new special surface materials all interplaying together to offer subtle style variations throughout the interior.”

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