UK superyacht builder Pendennis has announced that works for phase two of its yard development are underway with contractors creating the non-tidal wet-basin directly in front of the recently completed construction halls.
With the longest arm of the basin planned to be 100m, it will enable several 40m-50m visiting yachts — or larger 80m-plus projects — to be based directly alongside before and after their refit or build period at the yard.
Cornwall Council authorities approved the shoreline upgrade in November 2012, and works are due for completion in 2015. The project put the finishing touches to the transformation of Pendennis shipyard in Falmouth, which started in February 2013 with a £10m landside development including two 90m halls that were built to replace the previous single building. The upgrade, completed in April, included a further 45m double-width hall. These complement the existing 150m dry dock, providing a more flexible space for superyacht refit and new builds projects at the 65,000sq m site.
Joint managing director Mike Carr explains: “Since the company was founded over 25 years ago, we have continually invested in the Falmouth site to respond to industry demands. When we founded the company in 1988, a 35m vessel was perceived as ‘large’ in the yachting industry! Over the years as yacht sizes continued to grow and refit demand increased the yard has needed to adapt. Since the last major yard expansion, which included the improvement of our dry dock facilities in 2004, the superyacht industry has changed dramatically. Over the past five years in particular, Pendennis has seen an increasing demand for winter refits as well as an escalation in the average length of yachts globally. Henk and I recognised that we needed to improve our facilities to cater to this, and so the development plans have been a key consideration for some time.”
The three new halls were completed in stages to cater to project demand. As Halls 1 and 2 were midway through their build schedule, projects were manoeuvred into their aft ends and sealed off to allow production to continue. Once these buildings were completed two further projects were moved in, with the third hall now being used for keel-laying of the 31.3m new build Dubois sloop.
Since October, the 150m dry dock has also been full, with two 60m-plus refit projects in place. In order to cater to larger projects, Pendennis has recently taken delivery of a 640-tonne travel hoist, which is ideally positioned to move yachts smoothly from the slipway into each of the three halls.
Local construction company Midas, consulted with Pendennis’ project teams throughout the process, tailoring the new facilities to manage the demands of superyacht refit and build. The four-storey central spine contains workshops, trade areas and project team offices to enable direct access to projects situated in the halls. An 80m-mast shed has been integrated into the lowest level, creating a convenient environmentally controlled area for spraying and servicing. A critical feature was the inclusion of a network of air ducts built into the floor of each building. This allows for yachts to be individually sealed and an environmentally controlled paint environment created in situ, without the need to move projects to different locations for spraying.
In addition to the new-build Dubois, Pendennis is currently working on refit projects (SYNostromo, and SY Windrose), a restoration on the classic MY Malahne, whilst Pendennis Palma is busy with SY Adela and SY Borkumriff IV.
The Pendennis Yard Development project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.