The C&N-built MY Marala is undergoing an extensive restoration at the UK yard

Pendennis Marala

MY Marala was built by Camper & Nicholsons in 1931

Source: Jake Sugden

UK superyacht yard Pendennis welcomed the 59m MY Marala (ex-Gaviota, Zapala, Evadne, No 388) to its Falmouth facilities earlier this month to undergo a comprehensive restoration programme. Over the next 18 months, the Pendennis team will ensure that the yacht retains its original character whilst incorporating modern systems and technology.

Built in steel by Camper & Nicholsons in 1931, the yacht has had numerous modifications over the years, not least when she was converted for naval service during World War II. Unusually though for a yacht of her age she has had very few owners and when she came on to the market in 2016, it was the first time in over 50 years.

Marala is subsequently one of the few surviving yachts from the 1930s to have maintained her character and basic layout, as well as her original engines.

During restoration, a comprehensive programme of works will see upgrades to the yacht’s steelwork, domestic and electrical systems that will harness modern engineering methods. Her interior will benefit from a completely new guest area. London-based design house Muza Lab has been commissioned to bring a new look to the décor that both respects and celebrates the 1930s spirit of the vessel.

The yacht’s exterior will see a number of superstructure modifications that aim to restore her profile closer to the original lines. She will also benefit from a complete paint programme and a combination of refurbishment and replacement to her teak decks.

Marala’s new owner recognised the rare opportunity to own a Camper & Nicholsons classic motoryacht but understood that her essential engineering requirements would impact her interior,” says the yacht’s captain. “With a determination to remain sympathetic to her heritage and original design, the decision was made to bring the yacht to Pendennis to complete a restoration and preserve her spirit for many years to come.”

Based at a 14-acre prime waterfront location in Falmouth, Pendennis is a leading custom superyacht build and refit yard. Its faciities include three construction halls (2 x 90m and 1 x 45m) alongside a 150m dry-dock, with the capacity for both new-build and refit contracts for 30m-100m superyachts.