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MY Marala at Pendennis for Restoration

Early August welcomed the 59m MY Marala (ex. Gaviota, Zapala, Evadne, No 388) to UK superyacht specialist Pendennis. MY Marala will spend the next 18 months at Pendennis’ 14 acre Falmouth facility undergoing a restoration programme, with her team ensuring that the yacht retains her original aura, character and pedigree whilst incorporating modern systems and technology.

Built in steel by British yard Camper & Nicholsons in 1931, the yacht has had numerous modifications from her original design, 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 her 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 have 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.